SMACC GOLD – DOWN UNDER IS THE ONLY WAY FORWARD

iPhoneIcon_BigFor those of you that have somehow missed it, the Social Media Critical Care (SMACC) conference is happening 19th-21st of March. This is the conference we’d most want to attend this year. Unforturtunately for us, it all happens on the Gold Coast in Australia. Fantastic place, but far, far away. Still, it’s on our list of conferences for 2015 – and hopefully, with a bit of planning, we’ll make it there then. Here’s a short overview of pre-SMACC and SMACC 2014, named SMACC GOLD, and why you should care. More>>

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PRESSOR DOSES AND PROGNOSTICS

iPhoneIcon_BigJust a short post. In fact, I am writing these first two sentences just to make the post somewhat longer. Anyway, a paper in Journal of Critical Care makes vasopressor infusion doses less abstract. The authors correlate adrenaline and noradrenaline doses in the ICU with outcomes. More>>

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SCARY STUFF

This video is not really medical and you have probably already seen it by now. Still, it says something about going beyond our comfort zones and the rewards to be had for going there.

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QUOTE OF THE MONTH

“We have the most powerful, 3D, high-fidelity simulator in the known universe.”

Cliff Reid on running simulation scenarios in your brain.

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CODE BROWN: EMERGENCY SURGICAL AIRWAY REVISITED

Just do it iconI lost my cric virginity to a man on a beach in Australia. The story told here. After this, I’ve been looking into making crics simpler and safer. Talking to colleagues, reading articles, practicing on cadavers and animals – not sure if I would ever need to do a cric in anger again. The method I’ve found is simple and easy. And the other day I got to put it to the test. More>>

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BOOM

Think about this the next time you think you know better than the fire brigade. Watch it to the end.

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CRITICAL CARE NUTRITION

iPhoneIcon_Big-28A short post just highlighting a great site for critical care nutrition. Comprehensive, but easy to navigate, it has guides for calculating nutrition, as well as post going through the latest in critical care nutrition. Examples of posts is going through the latest glutamine controversies, as well as early vs late start of feeding for critical care patients. More>>

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HYPOTHERMIC INFECTIONS

iPhoneIcon_Big-2Adding to the discussion on therapeutic hypothermia or just avoiding hyperthermia in cardiac arrest patients after ROSC, there’s a new systematic review slash meta-analysis on infection rates in hypothermic vs normothermic patients. Prolonged therapeutic hypothermia shows an increased risk of pneumonia and sepsis. More>>

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UPDATE ON THE ABDOMINAL AORTIC TOURNIQUET

iPhoneIcon_BigAbdominal aortic tourniquets have been around as an idea for a hundred years but still haven’t been accepted as mainstream trauma care. A small study on volunteers in military medicine tests one of these devices. They seem to work. More>>

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QUOTE OF THE MONTH

“If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck we should probably just CT it anyway to make sure it’s a duck.”

- @DrDLittle

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