Wed, 8 June 2016
Howie shows us the tools in his toolkit:
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.
Direct download: How_to_Stop_Bleeding_Without_a_Hospital_Howie_Mell.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am AEST
Tue, 7 June 2016
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.