Retrieval registrar WANTED! – RFDS Cairns


RFDS Cairns is looking for  retrieval registrars for ACEM & ACRRM accredited posts

here is the job position

Unique learning opportunities with this retrieval medicine post include :

  1. Remote medicine experience/training with Indigenous health
  2. Fixed wing and rotary wing aeromedical retrieval work
  3. Research project assistance

Previous registrars have published the following papers under my guidance

Case report of ketamine sedation during aeromedical retrieval

Description of an Assembled Noninvasive Capnography Setup

Cape York and the area around Cairns is some of the most stunning country/landscape in Australia. Enjoy flying over this beauty during your shift!


Filed under: Aeromedical retrieval

RSI checklist from Kiwi Contributor!


In the PHARM mailbox this month, Dr Jonathon Wills, from New Zealand, sent me his RSI checklist he had developed for his ICU and helicopter retrieval service.

He wanted to share it in the spirit of FOAMED

So check it out!

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In his email explaining the checklist I found this paragraph on implementation to be very important so reproduce it here now :

Buy-in was achieved by getting the nurses on board. I sold it to them as this is a tool that will get people doing things in the same way that maximises success. It is your tool to empower you to get doctors doing it right! They are the continuity in the retrieval service so it was important to set up a process that worked for them. It also means they have the ability to intervene early if thing go wrong because they all know what the next step is and when it should be activated.

Thanks Jono for the Kiwi contribution to FOAMEd!


Filed under: airway, Emergency anaesthesia, Emergency medicine and critical care, FOAMEd, Online critical airway training Tagged: checklist, kiwi, RSI

Development of a standard operating procedure and checklist for rapid sequence induction in the critically ill


Dr Peter Sherren during Sydney HEMS days

Of late folks have been sending me their latest RSI/intubation checklists which is brilliant stuff but I came across this open access article written by Dr Peter Sherren, an ex Sydney HEMS registrar who is now a consultant anaesthetist back in UK.

The paper he writes along with his co-authors is an excellent example of checklist design in relation to intubation of the critically ill patient.

Check the full open access article here courtesy of Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine

Development of a standard operating procedure and checklist for rapid sequence
induction in the critically ill


Filed under: airway, Emergency anaesthesia, FOAMEd, Online critical airway training Tagged: checklist, intubation, peter-sherren, RSI

Australia & New Zealand Specialist Airway Course – 11th October 2014



Its on again!
ANZSAC Specialist airway course in Melbourne!
A full day course of airway training with the best in the business!

ANZSAC members have produced some outstanding airway education, like these videos from Dr Keith Greenland.

Filed under: airway, Emergency anaesthesia, Emergency medicine and critical care, Online critical airway training Tagged: 2014, ANZSAC

Auckland HEMS Checklist Reference Manual

Originally posted on Auckland HEMS:

Dear colleagues,

In June of this year our Canadian HEMS Fellow Dr. Robert Gooch shared one of our emergency checklists with the Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine (PHARM) community. Thank you to those of you who provided feedback on this initiative. We continue to draw inspiration from the work of Dr. Atul Gawande.

Now, in the spirit of Free Open Access Medicine, we are keen to share our complete Auckland HEMS Checklist Reference Manual with the PHARM community. At the start of September we made this manual operational within our service.

Innovation is one element of success; implementation is another core element. This article emphasizes the importance of end-users ‘the sharp end’ being involved throughout the checklist development process. We are fortunate to have input into this checklist from our pilots, crewmen, paramedics and doctors. Even our CEO (who is also a pilot) has shared his experience.

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PHARM PODCAST 105 : Scottish Retrieval Services with Jon and Tash

scottish retrieval

Artwork by Dr Natasha Burley-Pirie!

Hi Folks

On today’s show, we go to Scotland!

Dr Natasha Burley (@skimightythings) and Dr Jon McCormack (@jonmcck)

are anaesthetic trained retrieval doctors and passionately talk about the developments and future of Scottish retrieval services

Show notes

  1. Bubbles in the Wilderness : all about FOAMED by Natasha
  2. ScotSTAR paediatric retrieval
  3. Emergency Medical Retrieval Service

Now, onto the PODCAST!


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Filed under: Emergency medicine and critical care, FOAMEd, Interviews of interesting people, prehospital and retrieval medicine podcast, Prehospital medicine Tagged: itunes, retrieval, scottish