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.
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.
Unfortunately, missing from the photo is my great friend and SMACC co-conspirator Oli Flower (@oliflower). Also, the third founder of SMACC, the ‘SMACC Big Cheese’ Roger Harris (@RogerRDHarris) wasn’t included because we’d just have to bleep out everything he’d say anyway… Sorry Rog!
The audio quality is a tad marginal in places, but that’s what you get with an impromptu recording of 10 slightly manic people in a room with one mic. All the same, we hope it is an engaging audio experience and gives a good insight into the SMACC experience and what to look out for as the talks are released online. Thanks to Haney for helping me get this audio into the best shape possible.
This is ’17 minutes’, the amazing video by Tamara Hills and family mentioned in the podcast (nearly 7,000 views and counting):
Look out for all the talks being released on the SMACC podcast and the affiliated FOAM websites in the coming months. Follow the @smaccteam on Twitter for updates.
For other accounts of smaccGOLD (based on a list originally made by Alan Batt), check out: