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Halloween Hazards

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Monday, October 30th, 2017

HalloweenIt Halloween and the skeletons are being brought down from the attic and goblins and ghouls are now sat on my doorstep. A strange pagan celebration that as a child I never really participated in. Halloween wasn’t big outside the US, but with the introduction of mass commercialisation of seasonal events, I cant move through the super market without the kids getting me to buy Halloween related merchandise.

In keeping with the feel for this time of year, I did a quick “literature search” on the Hazards of Halloween” from a medical perspective and came up with this evidence based article. Have a a read and be afraid . . very afraid. (more…)

Podcast #28 “Tim Leeuwenburg & Ryan Wubben”

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Saturday, February 11th, 2017

Capture22One of the greatest pleasures I had at the SMACCDUB2016 conference was to meet and chat to some of my favourite #FOAMed heroes. In this podcast I chat to Tim Leeuwenburg and Ryan Wubben about the impact that the SMACC conference and community has had on them both. This podcast/vLog looks back at some of the great sessions at SMACCDUB and offers some recommendations of who to listen to or follow in the #FOAMed world.  (more…)

Podcast #27 “smaccDUB with MJ Slabbert & Doug Lynch”

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Capture Expect a steady  drip drip of great podcast and online material over the next few months as an army of great presenters, speakers and em professional prepare to upload their incredible talks from this years smaccDUB conference. Keep a watchfull eye out for talks from Simon Carley , Scott Weingart and Victoria Brazil to name a few. In anticipation of this great content I’m joined by MJ Slabbert and Doug Lynch to chat about their highlights and top talks at this years SMACC conference. We chat about the impact social media has had on us and how we see it being used in future #FOAMed, our favourite SMACC talk and meeting a few of our heroes.  (more…)

Podcast #26: “Soundbite from smaccDUBmini”

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Monday, June 20th, 2016

Baby-Storm-Trooper-walyouAt this year SMACC in Dublin I caught up with co-founder of the BADem and South African blogger, Kat Evans. Kat had attended the paediatrics session at SMACC and I was eager to hear what key points she thought  would be worth following as topics are released onto the FOAMed world over the next few months and what she thought would be the future developments to watch in the world of paediatrics? (more…)

Power of the Podcast

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Sunday, June 5th, 2016

raf,220x200,075,f,462445-542506a2a5Is the Podcast dead? This June, I’m taking the HarrisCPD podcasts mobile to ask that exact question! I’m packing my tape-recorder into my travel  bag and heading for Dublin and SMACC DUB 2016. In an attempt to kick start my podcasting career again after a dismal 2015, I have thrown myself into the deep end of podcasting and will be joining fellow pod-casters at  SMACC DUB. I will be at the Media Booth in the learning zone of the Dublin Convention centre and Exhibition hall on all three days of the conference. Have a look at this line up of heavy weight masters of the podcasting FOAMed world!! I’m bound to learn something from them? For more details or (more…)

In memory of John Hinds 4th July 2015

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Sunday, July 5th, 2015

JohnsHinds “We have lost one of our own. Death has turned his heavy hand against us and taken one more from us.”

It is with sadness that the FOAMed and Emergency medicine community is mourning the loss of Doctor John Hinds. I would like to extend my condolence to all that knew him and hope that we can continue to carry his legacy forward.

I, like many followers around the world had only got to know John through the power of social media and had never shaken his hand. He was open and approachable, willing to engage in discussion that made him one of my most favourite podcast guests to appear on this site. He will leave an incredible legacy within the field of prehospital and emergency care. (more…)

Dementia awareness week

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

If you are looking for a short presentation on Dementia then think about going to this webinar and registering your email. As part of a Dementia awareness week this podcast, accompanied by a slide show gives some insight into the condition of dementia. Follow the link here.

Being dragged into the “Blog-o-sphere”

This post was written by admin , Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Ok !! I give up! I will only allow this site to become yet another EMS and Paramedic blog on a few conditions ! And that is I don’t want to hear any moaning or groaning. This will not become a site dedicated to the grumpy ambulance driver who has become disillusioned with their job and needing a salary increase … if you have an issue, you need to write to your own station officer on the back of an ecg strip or box of gloves like the rest of us and not vent it here! (more…)

Exhibit #A: the LMA, the murder weapon.

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

I give you exhibit “A” my Lord, the murder weapon, the LMA!! All stand, this court is now in session. If you have time to scan through just one blogsite relating to emergency medicine this week , then spend 10 minutes looking at Andy Neill’s site “Emergency medicine Ireland”. He’s put together a great 10 minute youtube video about a journal paper that questions the use of a LMA in a cardiac arrest. Andy’s video presentation puts forward the argument that the LMA “allegedly” could be a “murder weapon” in a cardiac arrest by compromising vital anatomical structures in the neck when fully inflated. I’ve used the word “allegedly” because that’s what you do when the evidence is so damming and you think the party must be guilty, that’s how the tabloids do it to get away without being held liable for any slander. (more…)