This is Australia

Linda Downs station windmill, images courtesy of Holmes family

Linda Downs station windmill, images courtesy of Holmes family

Its Australia day today, January 26th.
I live in a land of contrasts. Its summer here and in the far north, its tropical storm season. So there has been a lot of rain. Still many parts of our state are in official drought. Last year was hottest ever on record. In my patch of retrieval/PHARM turf, the rains have brought a welcome relief to many though.
I enjoy flying amongst some of the most beautiful terrain and displays of Mother Nature on Earth.
So here’s an updated view from my office. Have a great Australia Day wherever you are!

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Fence line underwater at Linda Downs

Fence line underwater at Linda Downs

Linda Downs station & the mighty Georgina River in flood

Linda Downs station & the mighty Georgina River in flood

Filed under: Prehospital medicine, Rural medicine Tagged: 2015, australia-day

BEST SMACC TALK EVER – Here’s mine, whats yours?

Cliff Reid: How to be a Hero from Social Media and Critical Care on Vimeo.

Filed under: FOAMEd Tagged: SMACC

PHARM Podcast 113 : Chicago, PedsRUs & Critical care transport

University of Chicago Aeromedical Network

University of Chicago Aeromedical Network

Hi Folks

On today’s show, we chat to Scott DeBoer, a flight nurse and clinical educator in Chicago. He has a website at Peds-R-Us. We chat about paediatric critical care transport and patient preparation. We discuss a hypothetical critical asthma case. Finally we talk about his hometown of Chicago for us first time visitors!

Scott De Boers, flight nurse

Scott DeBoer, flight nurse

Tune in to find out!


Show note references:

  1. peds_pearl – tubing tiny tots – newborn intubation (part 1)
  2. peds_pearl – tubing tiny tots II – newborn intubation
  3. peds_pearl -tubing tiny tots III- newborn intubation
  4. Truly_cool_tube_tricks peds pearl
  5. million dollar mask peds pearl
  6. peds pearl – future – airway & OR (2)
  7. peds_pearl freaking_out_rule

Register for SMACC please!


  1. Now, onto the PODCAST!


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Filed under: airway, Emergency anaesthesia, Emergency medicine and critical care, FOAMEd, Interviews of interesting people, prehospital and retrieval medicine podcast Tagged: aeromedical, airway, CHICAGO, emergency, itunes, paediatric, scott-deboer

A Short Video About Bleeding Airways

Originally posted on The Collective:

Managing the airway in prehospital and retrieval medicine is a challenge and has inspired many a discussion in many a setting. And anyone working in the area would appreciate the additional challenge when there’s lots of blood getting in the way.  As a result everyone has tips and and tricks to try and manage things.

This is by no means the first time people have come up with an approach (or shared an approach) but in the spirit of wide-ranging discussion, here’s a suggestion from Dr Alan Garner recorded for posterity in video.

It runs for about 10 minutes and you’ll note that at the end there’s an update as the approach evolved.

All thoughts, feedback and experience very welcome.

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Save the Date for Trauma 2015!

Mark your diaries to attend “Trauma 2015 – At The Cutting Edge” to be held from 2-4 October 2015 at the Sheraton Mirage, Gold Coast, QLD.

Following a successful 2014 conference with over 350 delegates in attendance the Australasian Trauma Society is excited to announce our 2015 international keynote speakers:

  • Dr John Holcomb FACS, Texas Trauma Institute, USA
  • Dr Billy Mallon, LAC + USC Medical Center, USA

Key Dates

February 2015 – Call for Abstracts Opens
March 2015 – Registration Opens
August 2015 – Early Bird Registration Closes
2 October 2015 – Trauma 2015 Begins

Provisional topic areas include:

  • Trauma resuscitation
  • State of the art pre-hospital care
  • Management of rare and complex injuries
  • Trauma team training
  • Advances in transfusion and haemorrhage control
  • Mass casualties
  • Lessons from the military
  • Paediatric trauma systems
  • The latest in burns management
  • Trauma information systems
  • Serious limb injuries

Stay tuned for further conference updates or contact the conference secretariat for more information.

Filed under: conference, goldcoast, trauma Tagged: trauma