May 31, 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
- Your career and speciality is a journey and you chose your
destination: Don’t be defied by the expectations of one chosen
path. Have an appreciation of what other specialities can add and
what you can learn from them. Leave your ego at the door.
- Have a balance of confidence and competence. When something
goes wrong you have to change something: Be it either yourself,
your colleagues or the system.
- Follow up on your hypothesis: You won’t know if you got it
right or wrong and will not gain or learn from the experience.
- Preserve comfort and dignity for your patients: 'No one knows
how much you know, until they know how much you care' - Greg
- Protect yourselves: Think about the people around you and share
your experience with them, chose your colleagues and where you work
- Increase team cohesion - it is protective against burnout and
- Be Aware: look after the tools of your trade, your body and
mind. Try and maintain good physical health, and train your mind to
be more effective under stress.
- Remember society puts their trust in you - you only fail them
when you fail to learn in them.
- Every patient is a gift/lesson accept it with grace and
- Behave in the way you want to be remembered.
- Keep perspective and enjoy the ride!