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.
The RAGE team’s John Hinds gives the medical perspective on high speed motorcycle racing on closed private roads in Ireland at smaccGOLD. Of note, is the use of rapid response motorcycle medics to get to the scene fast, in the first few seconds of the dying process, to save lives.
This talk stole the show at SMACC, you are about to find out why.
RAGE Session Four is fully edited and soon to be released. Unfortunately, as you’ll soon find out, Cliff wasn’t able to make the session.
To make up for it, we’ll be featuring a few different Cliff Reid talks in the next week or two. We’ll start with this controversial and inspiring talk from smaccGOLD which left more than a few resuscitationists feeling conflicted.
Listen to it yourself and make up your own mind.
Cliff was asked to speak on the topic of ‘When should we stop resuscitation?’ instead – as he is wont – he turns the talk on its head and asks ‘When should we NOT stop resuscitation?’
Here is the audio (download the mp3 directly here):
You’ll remember Mark Wilson (@markhwilson) from RAGE: The smaccGOLD Edition. Mark is an amazing mix of neurosurgeon and prehospital physician… We’ve already got him to promise to come on RAGE for a neuro-focused RAGE Session in the next few months.
Check out Mark’s talk on ‘Neurosurgery for Everyone!’ from smaccGOLD.
The RAGE team owe a lot to Mr EMCrit Scott Weingart. Together with Rob Orman of ERCast, he was instrumental in helping us get the technical aspects of podcasting in order as we found our podcasting feet.
Here is Weingart in action at smaccGOLD. His talk on ‘Cutting Edge Intra-Arrest Care’ is unequivocally essential listening for anyone who follows the RAGE podcast.
It is controversial.
He calls for resuscitationists to go beyond ACLS and function on the bleeding edge of critical care.
Critics will argue that early adoption is intensely dangerous. I am sure that some of the things Scott talks about will prove to be false in the fullness of time (I just can’t see vasopressin-epi-steroids being validated by bigger multi-center trials, for instance). Nevertheless, this is a masterful talk by a master resuscitationist.