SMACC Chicago Beat the Bug Q&A session with Kath Maitland, Mark Crislip, Flavia Machado and Chris Nickson.

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SMACC Chicago Q & A session on Funky Physiology with Mybourgh, Saxona, Hensley and Perner.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am AEST

Heart, Brazil and Gatward discuss The Future of Continued Medical Education in this SMACC Chicago Q&A Panel Review. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm AEST

Warwick Teague and Andy Sloas argue similar cases in their #SMACCChicago Cage match 'All Paeds Trauma Should be Managed in a Paediatric Trauma Centre’. An interesting insight into Paeds trauma centres in Australia and America. Teague and Sloas offer valuable idea’s on timely and affective treatment of paediatric trauma patients.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am AEST

Howie shows us the tools in his toolkit:

  • Tourniquets save lives and do not cause limb ischaemia. The aorta is clamped for many hours in cardiac surgery. Data from the battlefield showed that in >800 cases where tourniquets were applied, there were 3 adverse outcomes (loss of sensation in the distal fingertips).
  • Haemorrhage control (Israeli) bandages are tourniquets with a haemostatic agent that can be applied to a bleeding wound
  • QuickClot (haemostatic powder) can be used for abdominal wounds but may draw the ire of surgeons because they cause an exothermic reaction that burns surrounding tissue.

Howie emphasises that not all bleeding have to be stopped - if it’s not pouring out, it can wait. He teaches us to quantify blood loss in the field - three 335 mL cans of soda worth is when to start worrying.

The talk ends with an interesting mini Q&A session as trauma surgeons and paediatricians also weigh into the debate.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am AEST

Airway management induces stress and fear in the heart of many Critical Care practitioners. In a high pressure situation, it’s easy to falter on the see-saw of demand vs. ability. Rich argues that in difficult airway management, we are hindered by: complex algorithms, anecdotal expertise and the negative perception of the task as ‘undoable’ and the downplaying of our abilities. In crisis, we need simple!

Rich discusses the need to redefine the priorities of the airway (away from ‘find the vocal cords/cricothyroid membrane’), incrementalisation and consensus of method. Rich also briefly discusses the future of airway management - nasal oxygenation and the need to move past the surgical airway as a failed airway.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm AEST

Andy Naidech gives a fascinating and powerful short talk on controversies in management of aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage, followed by discussion from the panel of experts and questions from the crowd. This was recorded at the neuro workshop for SMACC Chicago and was a very popular session.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:30am AEST

In this hypothetical panel discussion, our protagonists have just started work at the Utopia Trauma Centre – a state of the art facility that is world renowned for its excellence in trauma care, research and teaching …

Our panel includes a social worker in intensive care, a senior intensivist and director of training for ICU, an emergency physician and director of ‘physician leadership development’, a trauma surgeon, an ICU and flight nurse, a consultant high performance coach for the institution, and the director of research and global health programs As we work though a series of clinical cases and events at the hospital we consider performance – highs and lows, including the dark side of high performance/ ambition.

We teeter over boundaries and ethics in pursuit of high performance. We consider the impact of diversity in our staff profile. When it all goes wrong we discuss resilience, and dealing with human fallibility - mental health, substance abuse, physical illness, and aging. What does it all mean for our own practice and our critical care communities. Food for thought.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:46pm AEST