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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

THE AUDIO

THE SLIDES

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!

“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.

PreSMACC MiniRAGE

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

FIRST HALF

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”:

SECOND HALF

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

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Thanks again for listening to the RAGE!

Punk Rock, Top Gun and the Resus Room

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.

 

References and links

Cases from the Races

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.

Here is the audio (download mp3):

Here are the amazing slides:

To listen to all the smaccGOLD talks as they are released subscribe to the SMACC podcast on iTunes or Libsyn.

This is another version of the ‘Cases from the Races’ talk given by John Hinds – it is a fantastic video… a must watch!

Resuscitation Dogmalysis

Just when you thought there could not possibly be anymore Cliff Reid to go round, the SMACC podcast has released another of his great talks from smaccGOLD.

This time Cliff takes on resuscitation myths, mistruths and misunderstandings – many of which are widely practiced. Do you agree? Are these pseudoaxioms? Do we need to stamp them out?

Here is the audio (download the mp3 directly here):

For the references and slides, go to Cliff’s page here on Resus.ME.

Here is the video:

Reid, Cliff — Resuscitation Dogmalysis from Social Media and Critical Care on Vimeo.

To listen to all the smaccGOLD talks as they are released subscribe to the SMACC podcast on iTunes.

When should resuscitation stop?

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):

Here is the video:

Cliff Reid – When Should Resuscitation Stop from Social Media and Critical Care on Vimeo.

 

To listen to all the smaccGOLD talks as they are released subscribe to the SMACC podcast on iTunes.

Neurosurgery for Everyone!

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.

Mark Wilson Neurosurgery for Everyone from Social Media and Critical Care on Vimeo.

To listen to all the smaccGOLD talks as they are released subscribe to the SMACC podcast on iTunes.

Cutting Edge Intra-Arrest Care

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.

If you resuscitate, you must listen to this talk!

This is the audio: (direct download mp3 here):

These are the slides:

This is the video: