When was your last paediatric/neonatal life support course update? Did it include the latest recommendations from the European Resuscitation Council (2015)? NO?! Well, let's have a look at the very latest consensus recommendations for the resuscitation of children in cardiorespiratory arrest and for neonates at birth - and explore any controversies therein.

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You owe it to yourself (and to your patients) to learn about burnout and resilience in healthcare workers. This talk aims to be brutally honest, occasional humorous, and quite personal about the speaker's experience and what he learnt along the way. Burnout is shockingly common. Burnout is also bloody important when it comes to our productivity, empathy, culture, and even our outcomes. Fortunately there are internal and external strategies. This talk hopes to address them head-on, and without the usual BS. After all, you can't do well unless you are well.

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The number of published studies related to burnout, moral distress, conflicts, stressful conditions in the Intensive Care unit (ICU), is dramatically increasing over the last few years. Clinicians perceive the care as "inappropriate" when it clashes with their personal beliefs and knowledge. Care is considered “Disproportionate’ when the intervention or the action is perceived as too much or too little in relation to the expected prognosis in terms of survival or patient’s quality of life. ICU workers, who provide inappropriate or, more broadly, disproportionate care, are at risk for “burnout” and “moral distress”. This phenomenon is poorly investigated even if it could jeopardize patients’ quality of care and outcome. Similarly, no intervention has ever been tested with the aim of avoiding the mentioned threats. APPROPRICUS and DISPROPRICUS are European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) studies performed over one day and one-month period respectively, in the ICU. Healthcare providers’ perception of care was measured as well as patients’ outcome. Results show that all healthcare providers in the ICU perceive every day both not appropriate and/or "Disproportionate care". Moreover, people within the ICU are so much accustomed to a disproportionate behavior that they don't consider it as deviant, despite the fact that it far exceeds their own rules. This phenomena is called "Social normalization of deviance” and people in one ICU grow more accustom to such behavior the more it occurs. Stress, conflicts, moral distress and burnout are driven by deviant behaviors and are proven to impair communication among the ICU staff. There is evidence in the medical and non-medical literature suggesting that the burn out leads to low performance and concentration. Good teamwork and an emphasis on clarifying ethical issues are associated with lower perception of inappropriateness of care, fewer conflicts, and smaller staff turnover rate.

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Show me an intensivist that cares about bone! I do.
Critical illness is detrimental to bone health for various reasons – profound vitamin D deficiency, extreme immobilisation, inflammation, excessive cytokine levels, malnutrition, endocrine dysfunction and medication all may lead to accelerated bone turnover and rapid bone loss.
Today, many ICU patients are elderly, and therefore at substantial fracture risk even before critical illness. As an example, one year after a hip fragility fracture, 50 % of patients are either dead or independent. Bone health is therefore very important for morbidity and mortality of ICU survivors, adding up to the long-term sequelae after severe illness. Generally, osteoporosis remains underdiagnosed and therefore undertreated.
On the other hand, recent evidence suggests that osteoporotic patients previously treated with a bisphosphonate may have a survival benefit compared to other patients.
Furthermore, several publications in the last years showed that FGF-23, a phosphaturic, bone-derived hormone predicts outcome in the acute setting very accurately.

Overall, the link between critical illness and bone is strong in both directions and will be discussed in this talk.

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Paediatric major trauma is rare and terrifying. Seriously injured children need good care but a number of factors (the relatively unusual presentations, their size, the way they communicate, their parents..!) make looking after them feel a lot harder than it really is. So what do clinicians really need to know to look after paediatric major trauma? We need to understand differences in physiological responses to injury (and how these can fox our triage assessments), differences in patterns and mechanisms of injury (and how these correspond to the way we diagnose, image and manage injuries in children) and how we can best prepare ourselves to make sure we look after these children well.

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Airway management in confined spaces conjures up images of intubating entrapped victims of motor vehicle crashes, but these challenges can be found from the bottom of caves and crevasses, inside road and air ambulances, during natural and man-made disasters and even in multiple areas of the hospital, such as cath labs and hybrid theatres. In this presentation, Ross addresses the locations and difficulties which can be anticipated, and then discusses the options, techniques and evidence available for managing airways in constrained places. Learning to cope (and then excel) in abnormal fashions and positions makes us better at managing airways in both emergency and routine situations. Ice-pick, BIADs, transillumination, inverted, tomahawk, reversed, blind, digital…if these words excite you, you need to come learn how getting into tight places will teach you how to get out of tight spots.

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After a major formative experience at a life-threatening mass casualty incident (MCI), emergency physician Christina Hernon felt incredibly unprepared despite over 2 decades of training in emergency and first response.
Despite every first aid, first responder, and emergency course teaching students to ask, “Is the scene safe?” and instructing them not to enter an unsafe scene, all of this training is completely inadequate for those present the very moment an incident occurs, who are then amidst and surrounded by an unsecured and potentially unsafe scene.
Afterwards, she had an acute stress reaction exactly like after rough calls in prehospital Emergency Medical Services, yet was offered none of the typical supports offered to first responder agencies or hospital personnel.
Feeling somehow betrayed, but unsure what to be mad at, she tried to understand why she felt so unprepared and overlooked. In deconstructing and reflecting on the experience, she self-identified neither as bystander nor first responder, but as an on scene, immediately responding, victimized rescuer. Realizing that she didn’t fit into any already existing category, she uncovered a new group of rescuers and an undefined time period that we need to give attention to.
The Disaster Gap is the time between the moment an incident occurs, through the first call for help, and until the first of the clearheaded First Responders arrives. In this definable time gap, the only available rescuers are people who are on scene when the event happens, who may be traumatized by their experience themselves, and who, regardless of tools or training, take immediate action to help another person or make the situation better. These Immediate Responders are present at virtually every scene and have been for all of time, yet we know very little about them, their actions, their safety, their impact, and their recovery.
By trying to understand the Disaster Gap and Immediate Responders, we can improve training, preparedness, resilience, and recovery.

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What can hospital specialties learn from teaching and training in prehospital and retrieval medicine? A medical education enthusiast's thoughts on the application of educational theory to the challenges of the prehospital environment, based around experiences at Sydney HEMS. Reflections on teaching and learning about patients, the environment, the team and the clinician herself - and how this educational experience will shape future challenges as an educator.

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Most hospitals develop a disaster plan, but few jurisdictions develop a plan for triaging or rationing scarce resources when the existing supply is overwhelmed. Rather than leaving individual health care workers to make these decisions, we should work together as a community of experts to develop ethical, practical and appropriate policies for triaging scarce resources during a disaster. Come and learn what the literature suggests, and join the global debate about this controversial topic.

Prefer a paper to a podcast?

Find solid overviews here:

1. Devereaux A V. Definitive care for the critically ill during a disaster: a framework for allocation of scarce resources in mass critical care. Task Force for Mass Critical Care summit meeting, January 26-27, 2007, Chicago, IL. Chest. 2008;133(5 Suppl):51S - 66S.
2. Christian M et al. Chapter 7. Critical care triage. Recommendations and standard operating procedures for intensive care unit and hospital preparations for an influenza epidemic or mass disaster. Intensive Care Med. 2010;36 Suppl 1:S55-S64. doi:10.1007/s00134-010-1765-0.

And nice reviews of the ethics here:

1. Upshur R SP. Stand on guard for thee: ethical considerations in preparedness planning for pandemic influenza: a report of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics Pandemic Influenza Working Group. Univ Toronto Jt Cent Bioeth. 2005;(November).
2. Gostin LO, Powers M. What does social justice require for the public’s health? Public health ethics and policy imperatives. Health Aff (Millwood). 2006;25:1053-1060. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.25.4.1053.

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Does love have any place in critical care? If we love and care are we more vulnerable to burnout and compassion fatigue? Will we be identified as weak leaders, too ‘soft’ for the area? Are we supposed to love an environment full of carnage and suffering? Are we meant to ‘love’ our colleagues and see our team as an extended family? Should we ‘love’ our patients or is that a ‘boundary crosser’? Critical Care consistently looks internally to resolve the past and emerging problems when there is research across disciplines that will assist critical care environments to adapt to the changing landscape of ethics, new technologies, issues with teams and a need for leaders to be more than skilled clinicians. Love and humanism may hold the key? Drawing on theories and models that hold love and compassion at their core this talk will draw examples from couples counselling, family therapy, development of teams, acceptance and commitment therapy and some of the greatest leaders in history to provide an innovative framework that can create flourishing and wellbeing within critical care for both the patient and professional. Discover where love can take us in critical care. Exploring the developmental phases of love and critical care we can learn to use our passion and energy for the job as strength instead of as an allergen. We will be reminded from the greatest leaders of our time how to transform health care and working relationships into an environment of love, support and resilience. That if we can negotiate relationships with partners, in-laws, children and friends we have the skills and resources to manage, love and thrive at work. Love, connection and compassion have much to teach us, it is time we learned to listen

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