The main theme of this extremely thought-provoking talk by Scott Weingart (@emcrit) is that CPR should not be limited to the cookbook algorithms taught in the American Heart Association’s ACLS course. Scott argues that ACLS teaches what can be done easily, not necessarily what’s needed to achieve an optimal outcome. He covers everything from the laryngeal mask airway to intra-arrest extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO.) You may not agree with all of Scott’s points, but this is a must-listen lecture.
This talk was given at the 2014 SMACC Gold conference in Australia last March. I was there, and it was by far the most exciting and inspirational medical conference I’ve ever attended. This was not only because of the core content, but also because the meeting was a gathering of 1300 people passionately interested in FOAMed (Free Open Access Medical education) and the use of social media as a means both of disseminating clinical information and opinion and also creating bonds and relationships across continents.
The 2015 SMACC conference (SMACC US) will take place June 23-26 in my kind of town (Chicago) and is shaping up to be the biggest and best ever. The line-up includes:
- Critical Care Ultrasound: Vicki Noble, Mike Stone, Matt Dawson and Mike Mallin from the Ultrasound Podcast, John Bailitz, Laleh Gharabaghian, James Rippey and Adrian Goudie from Ultrasound Village, and more!
- Critical Care and Resuscitation: Scott Weingart, Cliff Reid, Chris Nickson, Paul Marik, Rich Levitan, John Hinds, Minh Le Cong, Haney Mallemat, Roger Harris, Oli Flower, and much more!
- Emergency Medicine: Joe Lex, Rob Rogers, David Newman, Paul Auerbach, Jeremy Faust, Rob Orman, Natalie May and Simon Carley and Iain Beardsell and Rick Body (the entire St. Emlyn’s blog team!), Steve Smith, Brent Thoma, Ashley Shreves . . . and that’s just for starters.
- Medical Toxicology: David Juurlink, Bryan Hayes, Steve Aks, Reuben Strayer, and Leon Gussow.
Never before in the history of the universe have all these people been in the same place at the same time. Registration is open, and some of the workshops are filling up fast. (The Toxicology session is nearing capacity.) For more information, go to the SMACC Chicago website.