Summary: Talks recorded live at the Social Media and Critical Care conferences. For more info go to smacc.net.au
Critical care is viewed from different perspectives. How to clinicians, patients and families experience this life changing part of the health care system?
While much of resuscitation focuses on the dramatic early minutes to hours of critical illness, many patients stay for days or weeks in the ICU. This talk will ask: why do patients get stuck in the ICU, and what might we do better to improve their care?
After getting his chance to interrogate SMACC Superstars the people finally get their chance to get their own back as everyman Iain Beardsell asks the questions that everyone wants an answer to.
The appearance of high quality hand held ultrasound machines mean we will all have imaging available at our finger tips. This talk details a personal study on the impact this can have on families. It also outlines the frequency of incidental findings and raises questions regarding the risk:benefit ratio in the discovery of an incidental finding.
Traditionally, the focus of critical care has simply been on keeping patients alive. This is not enough, now we need to focus on giving them their lives back too. Learn about the challenge of critical care survivorship in this talk.
The age of patients with TBI is increasing, especially in high income countries, and the median age of patients admitted to the ICU has doubled over the last three decades. Age is clearly a strong outcome predictor in TBI. However, the perception of a universally poor outcome has sometimes led to therapeutic nihilism and less aggressive treatment for older patients.
We have difficult conversations in critical care. We deal with sick and complex patients who may be at the end of life. The families we talk to may be in a state of shock and acute grief, unable to think clearly and make important decisions. Patient safety incidents and other challenging issues such as organ and tissue donation may further complicate the patient journey.
Failure is something even the very best regularly experience, in safety critical roles that failure can lead to death and maiming. I'll explore how we can understand and learn from these moments, and the essential behaviours and mindset that will both help us make sense of those complex moments but also allow the system to learn.
SMACCForce: CRM Panel Discussion with Clare, Richmond, Neil Jeffers (Pilot), Per Bredmose, Mike Lauria, Tom Evens
Why it's critical that we care? The global refugee crisis exemplifies some of the greatest challenges facing our global institutions and liberal world order today: from human rights, xenophobia, sexism and economic protectionism, to terrorism and climate change.
Hardcore EM: Vasopressors in the ED
SMACCForce: Turning up the gain on prehospital ultrasound
Hardcore ICU: Timing of neuroprognostication in postcardiac arrest management
A no-holds barred series of 6 provocative medical interrogations. We challenge the state of research, social media, pharmacology, social work, women in medicine, medicine in the developed work, and the health of healthcare workers. It should be novel, it may get heated, and it is not scripted. Sometimes to comfort the afflicted you also need to afflict the comfortable. This is why no prisoners will be taken, no topic is out of bounds, and no ego will be pampered. It may even offend: you have been warned.
SMACCForce: Telemedicine transcends borders in disaster response