Human Factors in Resuscitation Workshop References

Best paper ever on Resuscitation Human Factors: Hicks C, Petrosoniak A. The Human Factor: Optimizing Trauma Team Performance in Dynamic Clinical Environments. Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2018;36(1):1-17 Free handbook from The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Optimizing Crisis Resource Management to Improve Patient Safety and Team Performance: A handbook for all health care … Continue reading Human Factors in Resuscitation Workshop References

Learning To Speak Resuscitese

In the resus room, clarity of communication between team members is critical to patient safety and effective resuscitation. We are used to following standardised clinical algorithms for cardiac arrests and many other emergency presentations, but there is no standardisation of vocabulary or communication style. Communication failures are a major source of error in resuscitation, suggesting … Continue reading Learning To Speak Resuscitese

London Trauma Conference 2014 Part 2

Day three is Air Ambulance and pre-hospital day and the great and the good are here en mass. The heavy weights are coming out to make their points….. Unarguably the best lecture of the day was delivered by our very own Cliff Reid on prehospital training. Using Sydney HEMS induction training he highlighted the challenges … Continue reading London Trauma Conference 2014 Part 2

Resus Team Size and Productivity

A paediatric trauma centre study showed that in their system, seven people at the bedside was the optimum number to get tasks done in a paediatric resuscitation. As numbers increased beyond this, there were ‘diminishing marginal returns’, ie. the output (tasks completed) generated from an additional unit of input (extra people) decreases as the quantity … Continue reading Resus Team Size and Productivity

London Trauma Conference Day 4

London Trauma Conference Day 4 by Dr Louisa Chan It’s the last day of the conference and new this year is the Neurotrauma Masterclass running in parallel with the main track which focuses on in-hospital care. We heard a little from Mark Wilson yesterday. He believes we are missing a pre-hospital trick in traumatic brain … Continue reading London Trauma Conference Day 4

Upstairs vs Downstairs: an EPIC Conundrum

A new breed, and new terminology Scott Weingart MD and colleagues have published a discussion paper [1] outlining the role of emergency physicians who have completed additional critical care training – ED intensivists – and the potential benefits these individuals might bring to patients, emergency departments, and their emergency physician colleagues. The paper also introduces … Continue reading Upstairs vs Downstairs: an EPIC Conundrum