This talk uses a case study approach to discuss why resuscitation practitioners should focus upon technical accuracy when resuscitating, focussing on all of the facets of a resuscitation, compression, decompression, trans-thoracic impedance. It suggests that many of the smallest of subtleties can have a dramatic effect on patient survival.
We focus on the physiological effects of Manual Chest Compression and use historical reference to underpin modern techniques.

Direct download: How_Resuscitation_Works.mp3
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The child with the reduced conscious level presents a unique challenge to the Emergency provider - how can we recognise normal sleepiness versus pathology? Natalie May reminds us that, even if it's after bedtime, we have to take the time to wake children up fully as part of our routine assessment. She then explores the common pathologies - 5MF! - we need to consider in children with a reduced conscious level and how we can figure out which one is in front of us.

Direct download: Natalie_May.mp3
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For retrieval medicine specialists and pre hospital care providers, terrorist attack is one the new threat! Terrorist attack is not an accident: It is a human activity whose purpose is to kill, injure, the maximum casualties to disrupt society, to spread the feeling of fear of panic and insecurity in the population. Terrorism is not blind, it is an organized strategy, much more complex than any natural or technological disaster. To oppose an aggressive strategy a static plan is not enough, you must develop a counter strategy comprehensive and adaptable to multiple scenarios. Effective leadership, combining the expertise of the Police, Rescue and Emergency Care allows a customized solution using the elements prepared in advance. One of the worst threats is the multiple sites multi-modal attack, like in Mumbai or in Paris. To face such a complex situation you may need:
- Improvement of pre hospital and in hospital organization for massive casualties. Alert shared by all services, close coordination between Rescue Police and Emergency care, backup on a regional basis, strategic allocation of resources and keeping reserve for the next attack are some of the options that may be extremely helpful.
- Improvement of care for injuries related to military weapons: Major penetrating trauma caused by powerful (kamikaze) bombings and assaults riffles. Management of these victims is very different of the care of a multiple trauma patient after a traffic accident. Adaptation of the principles of the military “damage control” to civilian practice is mandatory. From the scene to the operating room and the critical care unit all actions must be coordinated to prevent the death triad: Hypothermia, coagulopathy and acidosis.
The action of Health Care Services is not limited to medical care, it is also a first step of resilience: By maintaining the quality and the organization of care despite surprise, violence and aggression you oppose directly the objectives of terrorism.

Direct download: SMACC_Pierre_CARLI.mp3
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Discover how 3D scanning and printing can be used to develop low cost but high fidelity simulation training equipment. An introduction to free, open access Design software and affordable Compact 3D scanners. Cut out the middle men and save your department $$$ by making your own training manikins. Surgical airway trainer, central line insertion phantom, even an ultra-low cost video laryngoscope can easily be created without learning how to use complex 3D software packages.

It’s natural that as doctors we fear failure. In Health, never has so much been asked by so many of so few. Every day feels like a battle zone. Engage a Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO) to introduce technology. That will save us. Established with structure, status and enough support to create and translate innovative models of change in the mindsets of clinicians and healthcare politicians alike, this role could work. However reality is so different. So lets understand failing early to succeed sooner, simplifing and standardising the clinical arena for clinician interoperability, and driving clinician inclusion in the business of health.

Direct download: Chief_Medical_Informatics_Officer_-_I_could_do_that.mp3
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In the evaluation of an emergency and critical care patient, the provider accounts for the chief complaint, the relevant history and the physical examination. With the evolution of Point-of-Care Ultrasound protocols and algorithms, such as the RUSH protocol or the BLUE protocol, the provider now can organize differential diagnoses and treatment options by integrating point-of-care ultrasound interpretations. However, these are not absolutes. These are probabilities. Although we are following recipes, we must never forget to be creative.

And, we actually crave creativity.

Studies support that handwork such as gardening, wood working, knitting can decrease stress, anxiety, and improve your mood. Perhaps work which requires meaningful hand use may contribute to your creativity- to your following algorithms and delivering more optimal patient centered care. Emergency and critical care medicine can be formulaic- following an algorithm, a pathway, or a protocol. Point-of-care ultrasound may offer the ability to be creative and increase the accuracy of diagnoses and treatment plans.

Direct download: How_Ultrasound_Makes_You_Better.mp3
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'"Think of the danger while things are going smoothly." Chicago's own Lisa McQueen picks apart the challenges of identifying those children who genuinely need sepsis resucitation in the "pre-shock phase" and explores the pathophysiology and treatment of shock in children.

Direct download: Lisa_McQueen_-_Shock.mp3
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Two simulations for prehospital care - tactical and motorcycle pit crew with a panel discussion debrief following. Demonstration and discussion of the medical response to these incidents.

Direct download: SMACC_Clare_Richmond.mp3
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Technology (tech) makes our lives in many ways, yet that same technology is lacking from healthcare. Many of the things that are used in our daily lives can be applied to providing better healthcare to our patients and bring specialized care to any corner of the planet. This talk will discuss some of the ways such technology is being used and ideas for care in the future.

Direct download: Get_Your_Tech_On.mp3
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As many other emerging countries, Brazil has two completely different healthcare systems, a private system restricted to those who are insured and a public system free-of-charge available for everyone. As anywhere, there are lots of boring things in our daily routine. Some of them will piss you off regardless if you are working for a very nice private ICU or for an overcrowded public one. Deal with the assistant physicians, with our own colleagues and other healthcare professionals is not exactly easy and fun. Can you imagine something more repetitive than a checklist? However, some will be different. To decide who will get the last free bed? Put a patient in ECMO knowing how much it will cost? Having a fight after finally finding our ward colleagues to get a patient discharged? To discharge a patient knowing that he will come back because we don’t have step-down units? Yes, that is sometimes just too much! And this just all in a day’s work in a public ICU in Brazil.

Direct download: All_in_a_Days_Work_in_Brazil.mp3
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