All posts by Chris Nickson

First Among Equals

Being part of SMACC is an incredible privilege for me. Helping provide a tribute to John Hinds at SMACCDUB was an even greater privilege.

I tip my hat to Janet Acheson, Fred MacSorley, Brian Burns and all those who contributed to showing the world why John Hinds was without any doubt, first among equals.




The video, podcast and slides were originally posted on the SMACC website.

John Hinds Defends Direct Laryngoscopy

Here is the ‘bootlegged’ video footage of John Hinds’ defense of direct laryngoscopy in the prehospital setting.

John brings all his usual wit and mischievousness to the defence of the tried and true way of getting a tube between the cords anywhere and at anytime.

The audio has been released on the RAGE podcast, and is 7 minutes 30 seconds long.

For more John Hinds, go to RAGE’s John Hinds tribute page.

The RAGE podcast is on  iTunes here and the RAGE podcast audio feed is available here.

Thanks again for listening to the RAGE!

Steve Bernard’s Resuscitation Update 2015

On November 11th 2015, Professor Steve Bernard (@AmbVicMedic), Medical Advisor to Ambulance Victoria, presented a smorgasbord of ‘Updates in Resuscitation‘ at The Alfred ICU junior medical staff teaching session.

He discussed:

  • Recent data from registries on in-hospital and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), particularly from Victoria, and the reasons why OHCA results may be improving
  • Options for treatment of refractory VT/VF, including the CHEER2 trial
  • The RINSE trial: is intra-arrest cooling with ice cold IV saline for OHCA a good thing?
  • Highlights from the recently released updated ILCOR guidelines, which will form the basis for the next ARC guideline update

Listen to the talk to find out more – the podcast is 47 minutes long.

For more talks by Steve Bernard, check out INTENSIVE.

The RAGE podcast is on  iTunes here and the RAGE podcast audio feed is available here.

Thanks again for listening to the RAGE!

“Crack the Chest, Get Crucified” by John Hinds

The late John Hinds stole the show at SMACC Chicago with his honest and irreverent insights into his personal experience of performing a resuscitative thoracotomy and the sequelae that followed.

The RAGE team sorely misses John’s wisdom and wit, this is how we will remember him – the consummate resuscitationist.

John’s key learning points are words to live by:

  • Prepare. Know the evidence.
  • Make your intentions honourable.
  • Do it.
  • Seek out the skeptics.
  • Never allow a wanker to bring you down.

Sign this petition to support John’s passion, the improvement of trauma care in Northern Ireland.


RAGE will be coming out hibernation post-SMACC and the first signs of reanimation come in the form of this ‘preSMACC miniRAGE’ featuring Cliff, John and Karel.

Register for SMACC Chicago 2015 now and come up and say ‘Hi’ to the RAGE team! 

smaccGOLD Opening ceremony


The first half of this miniRAGE is a preview of what the RAGE gang are doing at SMACC Chicago 2015… Including “IT’S A KNOCKOUT”:


The second part of the podcast is all substance, with discussions of the following:


By the way, because someone actually bought a pair of RAGE shoes they are still in production – check ’em out and buy ’em here:

RAGE shoes

Thanks again for listening to the RAGE!