Archive | June 2014

When should resuscitation stop -Cliff Reid at SMACCGOLD

Amazing experience being in the audience, Cliff is always asking practitioners to do the best they can for their patients.
If you haven’t seen his SMACC 2013 talk on how to be a hero its a must watch!

Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine - THE PHARM dedicated to the memory of Dr John Hinds

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Podcasts you MUST Listen to!

I know some people find the prospect of listening to podcasts daunting like a lecture, only your doing it on your Own time.

Well, I’m here to say there are some brilliant and exciting podcasts out there that will also round you out with a good knowledge.

Here’s my Top 5, I will also highlight which particular posts/podcasts to concentrate on;

1: EM Crit Acid Base;
This is a 4 part series I wish I had at uni.

The vortex podcast is probably my favorite, but in actuality everything’s good!
 3: AmboFOAM’s Heroin and Narcan Podcast

4: EMbasic EMS:

Finally, while not a podcast an invaluable post on the subject of ETCO2, My initial education consisted of Purple=Bad, Yellow=good then ETCO2 embedded monitors like the lifepack 12/15 became common place in US and some Australian Services 

If your a student or a professional not listening to podcast’s your missing out on a huge chunk of education, if you want to know the cutting edge of care then podcasts/blogs are a good place to get that information. 

Doesn’t matter if you are a 1st year Paramedic student or a 20 year veteran of the profession, there is something in the FOAMed world for everyone to learn, you just have to find it. Which is half the fun. 

Jess (@EMS_junkie on twitter) On Student Paramedic experience and Nursing


Jess and I at the Student Paramedic Dinner during SMACCGold

A few days ago I had the opportunity to catch up and record not one but two Podcasts with Jess!

It can be found here:

The first one will be released and the show notes are below for that, however in 2 weeks or so there will be a special short podcast on a topic very close to Jess and I. 

For those who don’t know Jess, she’s a Nurse

within NSW Health, prolific tweeter, student paramedic and mum to two boys, she also somehow found some time to come out and record a podcast with me!

I first had the pleasure of meeting up with Jess at SMACCGold after talking briefly on Twitter. She’s always been an advocate for better mental health awareness (for both patients and providers)  

In this podcast, we discuss the transition between Nursing and Student Paramedic, going from Working in hospital wards to taking care to the streets, Jess shares some stories of both her time as a nurse and her placement with ACTAS.

If your on twitter you should be following Jess, if your listening to this podcast your going to hear how much she has to share.

Shortly after this photo I descovered Jess hasn’t seen Starwars, so my Darth Vader I am your father (Spoiler Alert) was a poor joke, I hope our listeners get it!

Please subscribe to the DSCOT Podcast on Itunes, if you do give me a ranking and leave some feedback, Comments on the blog post or on twitter, if you ask questions for Jess, I’ll let her know to swing by and answer!

Some of the Links mentioned within the show,  PAIC 2014 – A World of Opportunity@

Jess writing on Prehospital Research:

News article relating to paramedic violence, one of many;

But paramedics arn’t the only ones affected

Professor Brian Maguire; Occupational injury risk among Australian paramedics: an analysis of national data (open access)

DSCOT Podcast 3 Aidan From Little Medic, Download link and Shownotes

So, after weeks of planing talking and threatening Aidan and I finally got together and recorded a short…. *cough* podcast.
Talking to Aiden was Amazing, I’m so glad he was able to give me his entire Monday, to record the podcast.
We talked about his time in Nepal, Israel, Ultrasound and SMACC GOLD and naturally Trauma!

 Sorry about the occasional back ground noise we recorded in  a cafe just outside central station.
I’m happy to report the Chisang Clinic now holds the number on place on a Google search,

I even arranged to have an ambulance buzz us during the interview (not really, its one on the hazards of recording out an about). 

Due to the length I have split it up into two parts, each will be 35-40 minutes long, good enough to take on a jog.  

Below are a few things mentioned in the podcast. 

You can find the Podcast, and my previous podcasts at
(I uploaded the episode this morning so hopefully it should be live in the next 12 hours on I tunes, or instantly if your a subscriber)

Thanks for Listening

If your a subscriber then they should be ready to download now, if not, subscribe on I tunes please, and you’ll have access to this great episode.  

Please leave comments here or on the Itunes store, I take feedback seriously so if you want something changed, done or spoken about then let me know. 

CardioPump by  Resqpod

Cardiopump Study from  website

Standard cardiopulmonary resuscitation versus active
compression-decompression cardiopulmonary resuscitation
with augmentation of negative intrathoracic pressure for
out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: a randomised trial

Click to access ResQTrial%20Lancet%20Article.pdf

The Paramedic “Tacklebox”

Back of the Ambulance


A “burning” plane for the Airport MCI


PICHFORK (Pain InCHildren Fentanyl OR Ketamine) , not from the Starship in NZ, from Australia.

Supplied the Ultrasound that Aiden took to Nepal

Sonosite. com

MDA Israel EMS

Mdais. org 

Go download the GOODSAM APP!
Now on Android and IOS; Some reviews and an interview with the creator.

Stroke Ambulance in Germany

Helicopter Heroes
By far the greatest video the video of Chris Solomon having and MI and Cardiac arrest during filming for Helicopter Heroes.

 The book Aidan mentioned

Liz Crowes AMAZING #SMACCgold talk on  Swearing your way out of a crisis

You can contact/Read more about Aidan on twitter and his own blog 

@alittlemedic on Twitter

All round amazing dude, and he paid for lunch!

I have no financial interests in any of the companies or products spoken about during the podcast 
Aiden has no financial interests in Cardiopump.