Safety in Resus – Use the Whiteboard!

There’s no doubt that for the small rural emergency department, a critically unwell patient can quickly overwhelm available resources.  Like many small rural hospitals in Australia, there is one doctor on call for emergency presentations, with the ward-based nursing staff (two in out location) responsible for ward care, assessment of outpatient attendances as well as …

Breach of Protocol

Coroners reports are interesting.  I think there are many reasons for Doctors to read reports from the Coroner, although am sometimes frustrated that such reports are a legal opinion, operating with total hindsight usually fail to acknowledge the impact of system issues or outside influences (classically the impact of a busy shift, difficult diagnosis etc) is an …

Airway Thrills

I’ve been asked to run an Airway Workshop for rural doctors at the annual RDASA Masterclass conference to be held in Adelaide 2015. Airway management is an essential skill for the rural clinician and one with which I am slightly obsessed… “Without an airway, you’ve got nothing!“ This is also an area of expertise that …

You Are Not Alone

“All Alone on Kangaroo Island” was the title of the talk assigned to me for #smaccUS in Chicago. Speakers don’t get to choose the title of their talk – instead Chris Nickson (@precordialthump) assigns a topic…usually in line with expertise. It was tempting to talk to my favourite subjects – those into which I’ve devoted …

Two papers at smaccUS

Day One of the smaccUS conference was a bit of overload for me.  I was nursing a mild hangover from the post-workshop Faculty dinner and was somewhat anxious about my planned talk “All Alone on Kangaroo Island“. In fact, on that latter, I had even arranged a bail bondsman just in case the Yanks were offended …