Monthly Archives: February 2012

GAS THE ICU

Sedation in the ICU is necessary, but not without its share of problems. So it is worth paying attention to the people who are trying to find a way forward. One field where progress is being made is using volatile anaesthetics … Continue reading

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EPIC FALL

An interesting case report was recently published in Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine. It documents a case where a 28-year old female climber survived a vertical fall 300 feet (100 metres) straight into the deck except for … Continue reading

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QUOTE OF THE MONTH

“Sellick maneuver does more harm than good – and probably all harm” – Dr. Richard Levitan, emergency physician who has specialised on emergency airway management. He also runs some highly acclaimed airway courses.

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PHARYNGEAL PULSE OXIMETRY

There’s a lot of improvising with the finger clip pulse oximetry when it’s difficult to get a good reading. Changing fingers is the obvious thing. Putting it on the ear lobe or auricle is often used. And although it looks … Continue reading

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JUST WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’RE DOING, DAVE?

A remote controlled robotic intubation system? I don’t know if that is a good or bad idea, or if it´s even important. I do know it’s cool though. Because anything robotic is, almost by definition, cool. Anyway, it’s called the Kepler … Continue reading

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BRUCE LEE ON AIRWAY MANAGEMENT

Not really, but this great piece came just in time for the weekend: Dr. Minh Le Cong writes on Airway Kung Fu – The Way of the Laryngoscope.

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SURGICAL AIRWAY – DECISION TIME

One of the big hurdles to doing a surgical airway is the actual decision to do it. The decision needs to be made, then communicated, and transformed into prompt action.

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iSIMULATE

I met with my colleague Anthony Lewis and got to see an exciting new piece of iPad software he’s developed: iSimulate. It’s a patient monitor simulator to be used on its own or to enhance any mannequin set-up.

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JEB CORLISS

Trauma comes to us in many ways. Here is one. One of the best wing suit fliers in the world, Jeb Corliss, has an accident on South Africa’s Table mountain. Incredibly he managed to deploy and is now recuperating in … Continue reading

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IMAGING CASE OF THE MONTH:
BLUE MOUNTAINS STRETCHER WINCH

The helicopter doctor doing an accompanied stretcher winch with a patient from a trail bridge up to the EC145 hovering between the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains, Australia, Friday 10th Feb 2012. You can just make out the bridge … Continue reading

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