The programme for SMACC Chicago is now online for all to see. It has been a real joy to work on this — the opportunity to bring together the best people in critical care, to talk about the best topics in critical care, is one to be relished. We have assembled an awesome lineup — both behind the scenes to build the fire, and front stage to light it… as you will see in the programme.
Most importantly, registrations are opening very soon: 0800h November 6th (AEST). Check out the ICN post titled SMACC Chicago Rego Opens 5 November for equivalent opening times throughout the world’s time zones, and some important tips about registration.
The first 500 residents / registrars / paramedics / nurses / pharmacists / PAs (or other non-attendings / non-consultants) will be able to register at the discounted price of US$595. This is ‘cost price’, and is fully inclusive of all events in the 3 day program, the welcome reception, Gala night and all coffee and lunch breaks. The first 800 specialists/ attendings also get discounted prices and there are 250 student tickets at only $350. Also, to help avoid lumping you with transaction fees, you can pay by direct deposit in either USD, AUD or Euros, depending on where you’re coming from. Note that if you want to attend one of the more than 30 pre-conference workshops, you have to register for the conference first, then the workshop separately. Be warned, some workshops sold out within a couple of weeks at smaccGOLD.
NeuroRAGE is a special edition of the RAGE podcast featuring these special guests:
Mark Wilson, prehospitalist with London HEMS and neurosurgeon with the NeuroTrauma unit at Imperial in London
Oli Flower, intensivist and NeuroICU enthusiast at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney – co-organiser of SMACC and Intensive Care Network.
This edition is 82 min 03 sec long and includes:
Introduction, including a welcome to Mark and Oli, along with usual supsects Cliff and Karel… (starts 00:00 min)
‘What’s bubbling up?’ (starts )1:31 min) — shout outs and interesting discoveries from the world of FOAM and elsewhere featuring the GoodSam app (again), A talk on transport of Ebola patients, SMACC Chicago, ESICM’s live feed of ‘Hot Topics’ such as the ARISE trial results, and Cliff Reid’s ‘through the rabbit hole’ experience with ketamine as a patient.
the NeuroRAGE participants discussing ‘Traumatic Brain Injury and a bit about the Spine’ (starts 17:13 min)
the NeuroRAGE participants discussing ‘ICP Monitoring’ (starts 45:22 min)
the NeuroRAGE participants discussing ‘Intracerebral haemorrhage and Subarachnoid Haemorrhage’ (starts 55:09 min)
the NeuroRAGE participants discussing a ‘smorgasbord’ of other neurocritical care questions, including the ‘cranial screwtop manoeuvre’ (starts 79:14 min)
‘A blast from the past’ by Oli Flower on the origins of the EEG (starts ? min)
‘Words of Wisdom’ from Mark Wilson (starts 80:36 min)
The RAGE podcast is on iTunes here and the RAGE podcast audio feed is available here.
Here are the show notes for the NeuroRAGE Special Edition:
Chesnut R, Videtta W, Vespa P, Le Roux P; The Participants in the International Multidisciplinary Consensus Conference on Multimodality Monitoring. Intracranial Pressure Monitoring: Fundamental Considerations and Rationale for Monitoring. Neurocrit Care. 2014 Sep 11. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25208680.
There have been many discussions and debates about the role of FOAM (free open-access meducation) in medical education, the pros, the cons and whether or not it really is useful.
It may not be for everyone, yet for some individuals – especially those who are remote or isolated – FOAM has transformed how they learn, engage and enjoy medicine. A great example of this — one the RAGE team recommends you read — is Natasha Pirie-Burley’s account, Bubbles in the Wilderness: All about FOAM, published on the Adventure Medic blog.
“In 2007 I struggled to find my passion or heroes within my workplace. I listened to closed minds and wondered why everyone was, “just getting through it”. It was un-inspiring and at times depressing. I resigned from my job in the UK and headed to the wilderness of America, New Zealand, Nepal, and Australia. I was searching for heroes and inspiration relevant to my life. Then last year, by chance, I found that Mawson’s bravery, Shackleton’s leadership, Dean Potter’s composure and the family Robinson’s ingenuity were right here at my fingertips and living in these medical pioneers of FOAM.”
— excerpt from Bubbles in the Wilderness: All about FOAM by Natasha Pirie-Burley
Some time back I wrote about the amazing career of Deniz Tek in Top Gun and Punk Rock in the ER. So it was a real thrill when I contacted Deniz and he agreed to present at smaccGOLD.
Deniz gave an engaging talk titled ‘Punk Rock, Top Gun and the Resus Room’, one that he is uniquely qualified to give. He talked about the parallels between combat aviation complexity and care of the critically ill. He highlighted the importance of checklists (not just for the routine, but even more so for emergencies), communication, teamwork and being prepared to do what is necessary, when it is necessary. Indeed, a recurring theme at smaccGOLD was that it is, paradoxically, the ‘unsexy’ stuff that matters.
What about the parallels with ‘punk rock’?… Listen to the talk to find out! Here is the audio (download mp3):
Deniz also inspired this creative description of the smaccGOLD conference itself by Jesse Spur on Injectible Orange:
“SMACCGOLD 2014 on the Gold Coast was like punk rock. Subversive, political, honest, rough at the edges and committed to thrashing out the issues that matter. Ironically, on further reflection, the second installation of Social Media and Critical Care Conference struck me as having parallels with one of my favourite speakers of the program, Deniz Tek himself – older and wiser than the Radio Birdman days, more accessible to the mainstream, less likely to punch you for disagreeing, but still able to excite, destroy unfounded dogma and put on a world class show.”
Jesse also had this footage of Deniz on stage in the SMACC lounge:
To listen to all the smaccGOLD talks as they are released subscribe to the SMACC podcast on iTunes or Libsyn. See you in Chicago — SMACC Chicago 23-26 June 2015.
Back in RAGE Session Two we discussed ‘Thrombolysis for Submassive Pulmonary Embolus’. This was actually just before the PEITHO trial was published, though we were able to anticipate many of the findings thanks to the wonders of the web.