Our regular round up of the best of the blog from September 2019. A fairly quiet month for us, but some great content including a fabulous video from Cliff Reid on the Zero Point survey and on a related resus note, the concept of the UK resuscitationist with Dan Horner.
The best from the blog and podcast in July 2019.
Similar challenges, different approaches – Mass Casualty Incident training lessons from Pakistan. St Emlyn’s
Prof. Rick Body is an internationally recognised expert in diagnostic testing. In this podcast he takes us through diagnostics today and also the near future which may change almost everything.
You can read more and see the slides/video at http://www.stemlynsblog.com
This talk focuses on how we can optimise our psychological performance in critical care situations, the type of situations that Simon describes as Time Critical, Information light. The Audio is available below, or watch the full presentation above.
Don't forget to watch the video on the St Emlyn's site http://www.stemlynsblog.org
Here's our regular round up of the blog and podcast from June 2019.
The psychological impact of emergency medicine https://www.stemlynsblog.org/how-events-in-emergency-medicine-impact-doctors-psychological-well-being-st-emlyns/
Can we use IO aspirate for analysis https://www.stemlynsblog.org/jc-can-we-really-use-io-blood-for-analysis-st-emlyns/
Don't forget the Bubbles conference and site https://dontforgetthebubbles.com/
Our regular monthly round up, this month with Ian and Simon chatting through the best of the blog.
The power of peer review: https://www.stemlynsblog.org/smacc2019-the-power-of-peer-review/
Virtual reality in PED: https://www.stemlynsblog.org/jc-virtual-reality-for-distraction-from-paediatric-procedural-pain/
Wellbeing for the broken: https://www.stemlynsblog.org/wellbeing-for-the-broken-part-3-the-podcast-st-emlyns/
Traumatic cardiac arrest https://www.stemlynsblog.org/wellbeing-for-the-broken-part-3-the-podcast-st-emlhttps://www.stemlynsblog.org/jc-should-we-use-chest-compressions-in-traumatic-cardiac-arrest-st-emlyns/
Should we cardiovert AF in the ED or wait? https://www.stemlynsblog.org/should-we-rapidly-cardiovert-af-in-the-ed-st-emlyns/
Prolonged field care in the ED https://www.stemlynsblog.org/prolonged-field-care-in-the-ed/
Keppra or Phenytoin for status epilepticus in kids https://www.stemlynsblog.org/jc-enter-sandman-which-agent-as-second-line-in-paediatric-status-epilepticus/
This is the podcast that accompanies the recent blog post on Jason's latest research on traumatic cardiac arrest and closed chest compressions. This discussion is more wider ranging and explores how the management of TCA has changed, and is changing as we begin to gain a better understanding of the physiological mechanisms underpinning our resuscitation strategies.
Closed chest compressions reduce survival in an animal model of haemorrhage-induced traumatic cardiac arrest.Watts S, Smith JE, Gwyther R, Kirkman E. Resuscitation. 2019 May 9;140:37-42. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2019.04.048. [Epub ahead of print]
Paediatric traumatic cardiac arrest: the development of an algorithm to guide recognition, management and decisions to terminate resuscitation. Vassallo J, Nutbeam T, Rickard AC, Lyttle MD, Scholefield B, Maconochie IK, Smith JE; PERUKI (Paediatric Emergency Research in the UK and Ireland). Emerg Med J. 2018 Nov;35(11):669-674. doi: 10.1136/emermed-2018-207739. Epub 2018 Aug 28.
Paediatric traumatic cardiac arrest: a Delphi study to establish consensus on definition and management. Rickard AC, Vassallo J, Nutbeam T, Lyttle MD, Maconochie IK, Enki DG, Smith JE; PERUKI (Paediatric Emergency Research in the UK and Ireland). Emerg Med J. 2018 Jul;35(7):434-439. doi: 10.1136/emermed-2017-207226. Epub 2018 Apr 28.
The outcome of patients in traumatic cardiac arrest presenting to deployed military medical treatment facilities: data from the UK Joint Theatre Trauma Registry. Barnard EBG, Hunt PAF, Lewis PEH, Smith JE. J R Army Med Corps. 2018 Jul;164(3):150-154. doi: 10.1136/jramc-2017-000818. Epub 2017 Oct 6.
Smith JE, Rickard A, Wise D. Traumatic cardiac arrest. J R Soc Med. January 2015:11-16. doi:10.1177/0141076814560837
May N. Traumatic Cardiac Arrest. St Emlyn’s. http://www.stemlynsblog.org/traumatic-cardiac-arrest/. Published 2012. Accessed 2019.
Back in late 2018 we gathered in Manchester for the inaugural #stemlynsLIVE conference. Our friend Dr George Wills gave a great talk on Aortic Emergencies.
All emergency physicians know that it's all to easy to miss an aortic catastrophe. Listen to George's wisdom on common pitfalls and top tips to make you a better emergency clinician.
Also check out these excellent #FOAMed resources.
Last year we were honoured to bring Kat Evans to Manchester to talk at the #stemlynsLIVE conference. We've covered emergency medicine in South Africa before on the blog, but there is no substitute to hearing about it from someone who actually works there.
Part of the critical appraisal nuggets series. You can read more here https://www.stemlynsblog.org/cans-critical-appraisal-nuggets-st-emlyns/
Also mentioned in this podcast
1. Definition of p-values on the bottom line https://www.thebottomline.org.uk/blog/ebm/p-value/
2. Fragility index https://lifeinthefastlane.com/ccc/fragility-index/
3. Confidence interval https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confidence_interval
This is a really important concept developed by Charlie Reynard and Rick Body here in Manchester. There is an accompanying paper in the EMJ that you can read via this link https://emj.bmj.com/content/34/12/A870
This concept could radically change how we make probabilistic prescribing decisions in the ED. Have a listen and look out for a blog post on St Emlyn's soon.
This is the monthly round up of blogs from the St Emlyn's team
Tribalism with Ross Fisher https://www.stemlynsblog.org/breaking-down-tribalism-onetribeemta-st-emlyns/
Conservative management of chest trauma https://www.stemlynsblog.org/jc-conservative-management-of-chest-trauma-st-emlyns/
FeminEM part 4 https://www.stemlynsblog.org/fix18-part-four/
PEP, PEPSE and HIV https://www.stemlynsblog.org/pep-prep-and-all-things-hiv-st-emlyns/
This podcast was recorded at the Intensive Care Society State of the Art meeting in London 2018. Simon Carley interviews Prof Peter Brindley on the interface of technology, humans and humanity in critical care. The audio was recorded live and at the venue so there is a fair bit of background noise, but we hope that this does not distract from a wide ranging and fascinating podcast.
Five strategies to improve your resuscitations.
1. Zero point survey
2. Peer review
3. 10 in 10
4. Hot debriefs
5. Fly the patient
You can read about these strategies, watch the video and learn about the background on the St Emlyn's blog here https://www.stemlynsblog.org/stemlynslive-five-free-strategies-to-improve-your-resuscitation-practice-st-emlyns/
Salim Rezaie from the REBEL EM podcast takes us through the optimal management of cardiac arrest and also explores some of the controversies and difficulties that make the difference to our patients.
You can read a lot more about the background to this talk, see the evidence and watch the video on the St Emlyn's site. Just follow this link. https://www.stemlynsblog.org/beyond-acls-salim-rezaie-at-stemlynslive/
Here's our round up of the best of the blog from October 2018.
In Pursuit of Excellence with Natalie May from #stemlynsLIVE https://www.stemlynsblog.org/in-pursuit-of-excellence/
A FeminEM in NY with Natalie May Part 1. https://www.stemlynsblog.org/fix18-part-one/
JC: Cricoid Pressure, Do we still need it? Simon Carley https://www.stemlynsblog.org/jc-cricoid-pressure-and-rsi-do-we-still-need-it-st-emlyns/
Teaching and Learning in Stretched Environments with Simon Carley https://www.stemlynsblog.org/teaching-and-learning-in-stretched-environments-rsm-2018-st-emlyns/
Five free strategies to improve your resuscitations Simon Carley https://www.stemlynsblog.org/stemlynslive-five-free-strategies-to-improve-your-resuscitation-practice-st-emlyns/
PTSD and me, EMDR therapy with Rusty Carroll https://www.stemlynsblog.org/ptsd-and-me-part-3-emdr-therapy-st-emlyns/
Here's our round up of the best of the blog from September 2018.
The following blogs are discussed.
OOHCA and airway management. Do we need a tube? http://www.stemlynsblog.org/jc-oohca-and-airway-management-do-we-need-a-tube-st-emlyns/
The Zero Point Survey. Optimising resuscitation teams in the ED. https://www.stemlynsblog.org/jc-the-zero-point-survey-optimising-resuscitation-teams-in-the-ed-st-emlyns/
Subacute and massive PE management https://www.stemlynsblog.org/we-call-it-massiiiiiiivve-pe-at-st-emlyns/
EMS Gathering and podcast https://www.stemlynsblog.org/ems-gathering-review-and-podcast-st-emlyns/
ResusTO: A simulation/resuscitation conference like no other https://www.stemlynsblog.org/resusto-a-simulation-resuscitation-conference-like-no-other/
Monkeypox has arrived https://www.stemlynsblog.org/monkeypox-has-arrived-is-the-panic-justified-st-emlyns/
Micro Machines: Sick neonates at RATH18 https://www.stemlynsblog.org/micromachines/
Equality and Diversity in EM. What I learned as a recovering racist. https://www.stemlynsblog.org/equality-and-global-health-what-i-learned-from-being-a-recovering-racist/
StEmlyn's at EusEM (Four posts)
Steve Playfor is an paediatric intensive care consultant at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital here in the 'real' Virchester.
He is an expert in the management of fluid balance in children and has been instrumental in many of the changes to our attitudes, beliefs and practice around IV fluid management.
In this episode Simon and Steve discuss the somewhat crazy story of IV fluid management in kids, the pseudo-science, the custom and practice and finally the potential future of IV management.
I can guarantee that you will learn something here folks.
Simon and Iain talk through what the team has been up to in April. All the blogs should be on the website and of course you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or via PodBean.
Key publications in April.
1. Our e-book on health and wellbeing for the resuscitationist. http://stemlynsblog.org/the-resuscitationists-guide-to-health-and-wellbeing-a-st-emlyns-e-book/
2. Police drop offs for penetrating trauma in the US. http://stemlynsblog.org/to-protect-and-serveand-drop-off-st-emlyns/
3. The latest blogs on the amazing #badEMfest18 conference in South Africa http://stemlynsblog.org/bademfest18-day-3-st-emlyns/
4. The top 10 trauma papers of the year http://stemlynsblog.org/top-10-trauma-papers-2017-2018-for-traumacareuk-conference-st-emlyns/
5. Complications of anticoagulation http://stemlynsblog.org/complications-of-anticoagulation-and-how-to-manage-them-st-emlyns/
6. Trauma CT in kids http://stemlynsblog.org/jc-trauma-paediatric-wbct/
7. The folly of dichotomous diagnosis http://stemlynsblog.org/50-shades-black-white-folly-dichotomy/
8. Bonded in Blood with Ashley Liebig and Noah Gallagher http://stemlynsblog.org/bonded-in-blood/
9. How to coach your team and the Austrian EM conference http://stemlynsblog.org/how-to-coach-feedback-team-st-emlyns/
Gosh, when you write it down and think about all the work the rest of the team puts in to teach and learn it makes me kind of proud. Don't forget to join us later this year for the live version at #stemlyneLIVE in Manchester.
Iain and Simon review the best of the blog from February 2018.
In this episode, the fabulous Liz Crowe (@LizCrowe2) discusses how to approach debriefing after critical (and non critical) incidents in healthcare. We focus on the debriefing that takes place 5-7 days after an incident. For more on a "hot" debrief listen to this podcast by Ashley Liebig and Rob Orman (http://blog.ercast.org/beating-stress-and-the-hot-offload-with-ashley-leibig/)
I recently met up with some amazing UK docs working in South Africa at the EMSSA conference. This conference was held in Sun City near Johannesburg and brought together emergency physicians from across the contient.
It was great to catch up some UK docs who were on postgraduate electives working in hospitals like Khayelitsha which you may remember from this amazing blog by Robert Lloyd.
So please listen, learn and get in touch if it's something that you want to do.
On the podcast we have
Simon Carley (@EMManchester), Jennifer Hulse (@coffeeheadaches), Chris Wearmouth (@CCWearmouth), Jacob Smith (@DrJacobSmith), Emma Gold (@EmmaRGold) and Chloe Sanderson.
There are also Marina Queisser & Eveline Baerends in the photo.
Iain (@docib) and Liz (@LizCrowe2) discuss one of the hottest topics in medicine - Burnout. What is it, who gets it and what can we do about it? Liz brings her huge knowledge and experience to a topic that is often discussed, but not always understood. Essential listening.
Iain and Simon chat through our top ten trauma papers for 2016. Lots here for anyone who is interested in trauma including whole body CT, traumatic cardiac arrest, neurosurgery in severe head injury and much more. As ever we'd suggest you read the original papers, references for which along with a blogpost can all be found here http://stemlynsblog.org/top-10-trauma-papers-2016-st-emlyns/
In a new podcast format Simon (@EMManchester) and Iain (@docib) discuss the month's offerings from the St Emlyn's blog and podcast (www.stemlynsblog.org).
It's been a month full of interesting posts on subjects as diverse as Thrombolysis in Stroke (Alan Grayson), The Future of Emergency Medicine in the Social Age (Simon), Cardiac Arrest Centres (Simon), Love in Critical Care (Liz Crowe), Transfers (Nat and Simon), Thrombolysis in PE (a guest post from FOAMed legend Anand Swarminathan) and Benzos in Back Pain (Janos). Head to the website for the articles themselves and all the references and links you need.
We're aiminig to make this a regular monthly podcast - let us know if it's useful and enjoyable and how we could make it even more educational.
This podcast accompanies the St.Emlyn's blog post on top tips for chest drainage.
A quick round up of events from the excellent Teaching Course in New York (https://flippingmeded.com/) with guests Ross Fisher (@ffoliet), Ashley Leibig (@ashleyliebig), Sandra Viggers (@StarSkaterDK) and Camilla Sorenson (@Camillabirgitte).
For brilliant summaries of each day, with details from every talk, visit http://scanfoam.org/teaching-course-nyc-day-1-ttcnyc16/ (Day 1) and http://scanfoam.org/teaching-course-nyc-day-2-ttcnyc16/ (Day 2)
The fabulous Liz Crowe (@LizCrowe2) returns to the St Emlyn's podcast to chat with Iain about how we can communicate more effectively with children in critical care. This podcast explores topics that are important not just for clinicians, but anyone who works with or has children.
Simon and Iain chat about the first few days at EuSEM in Vienna. Some of the clinical and social highlights. We also have a bonus podcast at the end recorded with a volunteer at Iain's "Podcasting for Beginners'" talk. For more from EuSEM (The European Society for Emergency Medicine) congress follow the #eusem16 hashtag on Twitter.
Robert Lloyd aka @ponderingEM from the Pondering EM blog joins Simon to talk about his experiences in a South African ED. This is an amazing tribute to the work our South African colleagues and how an Englishman found a way to adapt to the challenges (and there are many) of SA EM practice.
Iain and Liz discuss boundaries and medicine. What do you do when your personal life impacts on your clinical practice.
Ross Fisher, consultant paediatric surgeon and lead for TARNlet joins Simon Carley at the London Trauma Conference to discuss the challenges in managing paediatric trauma in the UK.
Sandra Viggers and Vic Brazil grace St.Emlyn's with a conference report from Sand Diego and the
International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) #IMSH2016.
Iain Beardsell joins Tim Coats, chair of the UK Trauma Audit Network, to discuss the role of trauma units within major trauma networks.
Simon and Ross Fisher from Sheffield discuss the emerging role of paediatric surgeons in trauma. This podcast was recorded at the London Trauma Conference (so sorry for a bit of background noise at times).
Iain and Liz discuss how we can manage bad outcomes at Christmas. It's especially tough for patients and their families when tragedy occurs at times when we are all suposed to be festive. It's also tricky for staff and their families. Liz and Iain talk through why we feel like we do and how we can manage ourselves and others better.