Zen & the Art of ED Management

There has been a lot of discussion this week regarding pressure on the Emergency Department at Flinders Medical Centre in South Australia. Rack ’em and stack ’em! I have a ‘soft spot’ for Flinders. I worked there as a junior resident and then registrar in the late 90s/early naughties and like to think that I …

What’s In Your Bag?

The subject of doctors bag contents has come up recently, with comments from a respected Emergency Physician that several of the drugs supplied for use in doctors bags are outdated.  I was a little perplexed by the RACGP’s insistence on keeping diazepam and their pitch for oral vitamin K as essential for the doctors bag, …

iSimulate

Well, finally my wife’s iPad3 with the spanking retina display has arrived. I’m a tad jealous, but more importantly it now means I have two iPads to play with……and that has been vital for running a groovy piece of software called iSimulate.I dunno about the rest of you medicos, but I’ve been to a fair …

A Course..a Course! My Kingdom for a Course!

[adapted from King Richard III, Shakespeare, W 1594] Well, this week I am up in Darwin teaching on an EMST course. The Early Management of Severe Trauma course is the Australasian version of the worldwide Advanced Trauma Life Support course from the American College of Surgeons. The history behind it is interesting, but the bottom …