Three Men and a Microphone

‘Three Men and a Microphone’ is a special edition of the RAGE podcast (let’s face it, RAGE podcasts are so infrequent they’re all special!) featuring RAGE Resusciteer Cliff Reid in conversation with these special guest RAGErs:

  • Geoff Healy (prehospitalist/ retrievalist/ anaesthetist)
  • Brian Burns (prehospitalist/ retrievalist/ emergency physician)

This one is a monster – it is 2h 48 min 59 sec long!!!  It is NSFW (contains some profane verbiage) so don’t let your kids listen in…

Here is the run sheet so the you can skip to the bits you want:


0:00 Intro: NSFW
2:38 Welcome – what we’re busy with at the moment
10:13 Highly functioning organisations
18:00 Airway audit
19:06 Operations research and A.P. Rowe
23:42 Role of SOPs, SOPs vs protocols


28:37 QUESTION: Describe training experiences that have shaped you
Anaesthesia in Australia -Geoff getting patronised
Trauma in Ireland – Brian being unsupported
EM in England – Cliff getting pimped
Importance of honesty and humility as a mentor
Mike Clancy’s public cerebration – teaching you how to think
Phoning a friend when you’re the boss
Calling the boss in – differences between the UK & Australia
3 reasons to call the boss: to let you know, to seek advice, to ask you to come in.


1:05:05 QUESTION: What is your experience of trainees, and what attributes of good and bad trainees do you observe?
The lurker, the stalkers, the shopper, the sharp-elbows
Our experiences as underconfident trainees
Turning yourself into the (mythical) shit magnet
John Hinds’ approach to keeping sharp
Consultants who are hummingbirds
Avoiding institutionalisation – getting experience in remote/rural units


1:29:24 QUESTION: Give your advice on how to be a good resuscitationist
The word resuscitationist
EMS Gathering in Cork and big wave surfers
Extending your training – fellow posts and other experiences
Acquiring experience with restrictions on working hours
The limitations of learning from textbooks and life support courses
Can we accelerate the acquisition of experience using technology?
Lionel Lamault & prehospital ECMO
Comfort zones and task fixation
Geoff likes to ‘bosh’ people
Cognitive rally points
Unexplained different approaches to fluids in paeds resuscitation
Being treated as a gas monkey in ED
A new word  – resuscitationism
The Jason Bourne game and developing spider-sense
Too sick to be intubated?


2:07:30 QUESTION: What are you currently struggling with in your careers?
Being a coach
Having trainees who are better than we are / were
Top Gun pilot caution against overperformers
Thoughts for bosses who have trainees who are smarter or more skilled than they are: (1) They make you look good; (2) You might learn something; (3) The future is brighter for patients
The challenge of getting senior clinicians involved in simulation
Struggling to improve and get outside our comfort zones, and continue to evolve as consultants
A pantyhose anaesthetic
Work-life balance
Sustainability and recovery from travel and shift working as you get older
Family first
Stress vs passion and Simon Sinek
Misquoting Lincoln and sharpening the tree
Emptying your cumulative stress bucket
Risks of PTSD especially in paramedics


Thanks again for listening to the RAGE!