Wed, 1 June 2016
Simon Carley has us asking ourselves some confronting questions about our abilities in his SMACC Chicago talk ‘Are You as Good as You Think?’. Carley has us delve into our confidence, competencies and whats makes for a good self learning environment.
I am going to …
Tue, 31 May 2016
Cliff Reid unites our passion of Critical Care in his SMACC Chicago talk Advice to Young Resuscitationist - It’s up to us to Save the World. Talking us through his advice to his former younger self, Reid sights mistakes, case examples, and essentially provides us with invaluable tips to nudge us along to Resus Mastery.
Reid offers the following advice to his former, younger self;
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Sat, 28 May 2016
Simon Finfer has spent his career managing patients with traumatic brain injury nad has watched treatment fads come and go. He's also taken part in some of the best and biggest clinical trials in this area which give him a unique perspective on why we do what we do in managing this devastating but common condition. In the contraints of 15 minutes, he'll make you think and hopefully question your own practice!
Fri, 27 May 2016
Imogen Mitchell’s SMACC Chicago talk 'Morphing the Recalcitrant Clinician’ talks us through the steps to engage the reluctant physician when implementing change.
Wed, 25 May 2016
David Juurlink SMACC Chicago talk 'Drug Interactions That Can Kill (and How to Avoid Them)’ takes us on a journey of drug interactions, case studies, and avoidance strategies.
Juurlink starts by educating us on the two different drug-drug interactions (DDI) - effects of one drug altered by the use of another . First of which is Pharmacokinetic where by one drug alters the level of another, the second Pharmacodynamic being no change in drug levels, and uses this as a basis for his following case studies.
Juurlink speaks of the dreadful literature that is available on the thousands of drug interaction per year, stating that most information comes from case reports and volunteer studies, and suggests that majority of these interaction are avoidable.
Juurlink then goes on to discuss the findings of 4 case studies involving the following Drug-Drug Interactions and their effects on the patients.
SMX/TMP + sulfonylureas
Juurlink provides us with a short list of trigger drugs that we should be aware of, a list of meds that warrant extra caution and list of possible safer alternatives. He also suggests that it is of the up most importance to have a good pharmacist to turn to as they are given more information on drugs interactions then physicians. And, to utilise resources such as pharmacy times - where you can get information on drug interactions at a push of the button.
Juurlink also suggests that an Informed patient is a very useful safety mechanism.
Tue, 24 May 2016
Rick Body’s SMACC Chicago talk 'Is compassion a Patients Right?' takes us on a journey of emotions in critical care.
Fri, 20 May 2016
Andrew Healey takes us on an exploration of the early phases of donor management in ICU and Emergency Medicine in his heart felt SMACC Chicago talk Optimizing the Care of the Organ Donation Patient. Which focuses on the processes of managing donor patients and their families, while they ride their ICU/ ED journey through to organ donor.
Healey summarises his talk into four main points:
1. Set families up to make the right decisions - be it with end of life care or organ donation.
2. Preserve the opportunity for donation - understand that this is often the last decisions a family will have to make about a loved one and they may need time.
3. Never Say No - never say no to an organ donation, ask the specialist. The only people who can decide if a person is not ideal for organ donation are those people who intimately know the recipient. Healey sights some interesting stats that are worth thinking about such as; 1 out of every 4 people who are on the heart transplant list in Canada die. While, the risk of contracting HIV or Hepatitis from a transplant heart is 1 in 4000 (HIV) and 1 in 245 (hepatitis). With these in mind the elevated risk donor can look less risky.
4. Remember Organ Donation is never merely a mention - It's up to physicians and critical care providers to guide families to make the right decisions.
Wed, 18 May 2016
Jeremy Cohen took us on an Adrenal Function journey at SMACC Chicago with his talk Raging Hormones in Critical Care.
Cohen explores the natural roll of cortisol in the human body, various schools of thought and recent research in the areas of sepsis and cortisol resistance.
Tue, 17 May 2016
Trauma is Risky Business
Deborah Stein SMACC Chicago talk Trauma is Risky Business - delves into the risk patients and physicians undergo when treating or being treated for Trauma.
Stein’s speaks of the Risk Benefit Determination that physicians make daily and how this is used to best answer on going questions such as; can a patient have?, how do we care for this patient? and how do we best make all the these decisions?.
Stein’s suggests a thorough Risk Benefit Determination will include:
Stein’s then delves into the risks trauma providers (physicians) face on a daily bases. Stating that in the USA trauma providers are one of the highest categories of physicians to be sued, have higher indemnity payment awarded against them and achieve a higher risk score in studies for being sued. While, lawsuits are more likely to increase the chance of physician burnout, career burnout, depression and are emotionally and physically exhausting. Steins sights recent studies that suggest the more open, honest and forthright a physician is with their error with their peers and their hospital, the likelihood of being sued reduces.
Stein’s also notes that needle stick injuries in most departments have decreased in recent years due to universal precautions, yet have increased in trauma care due to the nature of the ER environment and proper precautions not being taken. Violence is of risk to attending ER nurses, physicians and paramedics, sighting an Australian study that 79% of triage nurses have experienced physical violence from patients. And, the emotional harm the trauma environment can have on trauma providers.
Steins suggests that trauma providers must be aware and learn how to manage risk better to ensure patient and provider safety.
Fri, 13 May 2016
Walter Eppich engages us on the topic of Interprofessional Communication: Challenges and Opportunities.
Eppich describes communication as the engine of learning - providing it is coming from a psychologically 'safe' environment free from humiliation and punishment.
Eppich characterises a psychologically safe environment being; an environment where people can speak up with idea, questions and mistakes without being fearful of being wrong and stresses when communication breaks down, patient safety breaks down and learning breakdown.
It takes a team to do patient care.