SMACC Chicago Registration miniRAGE

Listen to this miniRAGE for key information on registration for SMACC Chicago 2015. and to find out what the RAGE team will be doing at #smaccUS.

I’ve reposted LITFL’s SMACC Chicago is coming… here:

smaccGOLD Opening ceremony

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.

Check out the SMACC program(me) online, or download the brochure here:

SMACC Brochure

Vive la FOAM!

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FOAMcastini – ACEP Wednesday

(ITUNES OR LISTEN HERE) FOAMcast is bringing you pearls from conferences we attend and, first up, the American College of Emergency Physicians annual meeting, ACEP14.  Weekend review, Monday review, Tuesday review Scientific Assembly Wednesday Pearls (there’s too much to choose from, so follow #ACEP14) Debating Clinical Policies: Implications for tPA and Beyond – Drs. David Newman, David Seaberg, […]

RAGE podcast – great FOAMed

I just have to give a shout out to the RAGE PODCAST this week. If you have been living under a rock, the RAGE podcast is a semi-regular “resuscitationists awesome guide to everything” featuring top quality FOAMed contributers who are credible in their field.

“Do not go gentle into that good night

Rage, rage against the dying of the light

Dylan Thomas

This months session is entitle neuroRAGE and deals with all things to do with neurosurgical emergencies. It features Mark Wilson who speaks authentically on experiences as a HEMS physician, neurosurgeon and with some significant anaesthetic experience. I managed to talk with Mark on “Burr holes in the bush” a couple of years ago and since then the idea of prehospital Burr holes has been enthusiastically mooted elsewhere. Is this something that a prehospital service clinician needs to be able to do? Is an extradural the ‘tension pneumothorax of the skull?

Mark gives good talks (if you saw him at smaccGOLD and were impressed, the good news is that he’s back at smaccUS). He’s also prepared to share – he gave a great talk at medSTAR clinical governance day earlier this month and was a major contributor to Sydney HEMS themed neurotrauma session earlier this year – content from the latter is available online. He also runs the AcuteBrain website and is a coninventor of the GoodSAMApp

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Also on RAGE, Cliff Reid also gives a lovely description of being on the end of both an LP and in the K-hole, reinforcing the need for concomitant benzos and (where possible) a calm, low stimulus environment to avoid emergence phenomena.

I’ve certainly noticed similar tales of spiral ‘helter skelter’ sensations amongst my dissociated patients…to me this emphasises the need to be familiar with ketamine for both induction, dissociation and analgesia – something all trainees should endeavour to gain experience with in their anaesthetic placements or in ED.

Here’s a video of the potential nasty dissociative effects of ketamine – I love the drug, but consider adding some benzo if appropriate

Anyhow – trust me on this – LISTEN TO THE neuroRAGE podcast. It’s a good one!