Sandpiper Australia – 2020 ahead

I’ve long held the option that the experts in prehospital care are the clinicians who are trained for it – whether volunteer ambulance officers, career paramedics or specialist retrieval services. Doctors don’t always have the capability to ‘value add’ on scene, unless they’ve undergone additional training in prehospital care. Skills from the well-equipped and staffed …

Updated RERN Action Cards

I’ve been playing around with cognitive aids such as checklists and action cards for a couple of years (some are available via the RESOURCES section of this site or RURALDOCTORS.NET. Most of these were designed for handing off to nursing staff in the rural ED, partly to mitigate against the phenomenon of people disappearing off to the ‘big …

Are you a Good Samaritan?

I am sure everyone is familiar with the parable of the ‘Good Samaritan’. But consider this scenario : It’s been a busy day. On the way home you notice a small knot of people gathered around a middle-aged person, prostrate on the pavement. The bystanders look uncertain of what to do. Do you stop and …

ETM Course – REVIEW

My blog profile mention that I am an instructor and course director for the ATLS-EMST course. ATLS-EMST is something in which I believe – a structured approach to trauma management training for doctors. But over the years I have become frustrated with the tardiness of knowledge translation – concepts that I learn about via FOAMed …