Archive for the ‘CPD Events’ Category

60second soundbite: My week on #FOAMed

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Thursday, April 17th, 2014

It’s refreshing trying to sum up everything that caught my attention on social media sites this week in sixty seconds. The first thing that did catch my eye and make me chuckle, was a journal paper that claimed to have administered the “largest dose of ketamine sedation in air medical history”. That kind of grandiose statement would always get my attention and I was not surprised to find the name of the second author on that paper was one I recognised, none other than our very own Minh Le Cong of PHARM fame. For those of you who do not know, Minh has a slight reputation for his penchant to ketamine when it comes to sedation. (more…)

Here be Gold!

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

smacc-gold-logo-2It’s here and it’s starting today! SMACC 2014, the Social Media and Critical Care event of the year. I’m making no apologies for the amount of SMACC and #FOAMed related material that will be bombarding your social media accounts from me over the next few days because this is what it’s all about, learning on a grand scale! If you are unfamiliar with the phenomenon called FOAMed, you could start by first heading along to website for a taster of some of the critical care and emergency medicine gold that will be coming out of this Australian social media event. Secondly you could type “#FOAMed” into a twitter search account, grab a beer, sit back on the couch and experience the phenomenon first hand between 19 – 21 March.

Edinburgh Cardiac Symposium

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Monday, March 17th, 2014

On March 27th 2014 the Resuscitation Research Group at the University of Edinburgh is hosting an event which will help equip and inspire care providers to do the very best for victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Having a look at the line up I would consider joining the free webcast. More here.

LAS Recruiting Internationaly

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

20140218-084245.jpgLondon Ambulance Service has been granted permission to recruit overseas to help tackle the national shortage of British paramedics. The UK Border Agency has approved the Service‚Äôs application to sponsor work visas for non-European paramedics. It is part of a number of initiatives the Service is using to help fill vacant posts. (more…)

WoTD: “Borborigmos”

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Here’s one for you. The word of the day is “Borborigmos”. Standard rules apply. If you can get it into a consult or whilst handing over a patient you will score 10points, get the patient to repeat it correctly and you double your points. If you know the meaning of the word and you did not cheat, let us know. If you don’t, log in here to find the meaning.


Podcast #24: “Defrosting the PreHospital Hypothermia Myth”

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

cc uncyclopedia.wikia.comHe is the epitome of preHospital care. Every Paramedic, jealous of his ROSC rates! The Saint Bernard dog with his bear like paws padding over frozen snow, a keg of warm whiskey strapped around his neck and years of wisdom etched across his wrinkled face. Patients pulled from their snowy graves and resuscitated with a salivating flick and lick to the lips. He is the master of Hypothermic Resuscitation! It’s probably this kind of idealism that has fed a belief that a cold patient is a “good” patient to deliver to the front door of the resuscitation bay or ED. The more frosty icicles hanging from their frozen fingers the better your chance of a successful ROSC? (more…)

Happy New Year

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

London2014For a moment, as the clocks passed twelve last night, the world went mad, just as it does every year. A purple haze of pandemonium descended and chaos ensued. The mad hatters tea party spilt out of the doors and clubs, onto the streets and into our prehospital and ED domains. Armed with good FOAM we took it in our stride. Phones to ambulance controls rung off the hook and crews where chased from this corner to that. But we hung in there and a calm returned with the rising sun on a new hung over day to start new year. If this was how you spend your new years eve then welcome to 2014 and thank you for looking after us. To all those who follow and subscribe to HarrisCPD it was great to have you along for the CPD ride during 2013 and look forward to what we both can accomplish for this year. Happy New Year.

photo: London Ambulance Service Press.

London Ambulance at the Apollo

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Friday, December 20th, 2013

20131220-080424.jpgThe use of twitter as an appropriate means of releasing information during a mass casualty event has once again been highlighted by the London Ambulance Service using @Ldn_Ambulance. A spokesmen from the service reported that on Thursday 10th December at 8.10pm the London Ambulance Service where called to reports of a roof collapse at the Apollo Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue. (more…)

Podcast#23: “Grounding the Frequent Flyer”

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Ridealong8No matter where in the world you practice your emergency medicine, no matter how long you have been a paramedic, there is always one constant that draws us together for a collective moan and groan. The “Frequent Flyer”. That patient who is a persistent user of the EMS system. Somebody you would see on a regular basis, week in and week out, the patient you get to know by first name. Instead of rolling my eyes at the strain this sector of society is placing on our struggling ambulance and health systems, I was curious to see how others handled this burden. This summer I spend a day with the San Francisco Fire Department and got some insight into how they have approached the issue. (more…)

WoTD: “Gargouillement”

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Friday, November 22nd, 2013

LMAI enjoy dropping a good descriptive medical sentence onto my patient report forms every now and then. A single word that sums up a patients presentation in a few short sharp syllables. My youngest, who is at primary school would tell you a verb, a word describing an action, is his favourite, but I love how they hang some meat onto a good sentence and makes it more juicy. I was reading an article out of the journal of Critical Care Medicine when I came across a great word that in my minds eye suitable describes the sound of “gurgling”. Described as the “low frequency sound, heard with or without a stethoscope, of air bubbling through secretions” the word was Gargouillement. The steady build up of secretions at the epiglottis, to weak and feeble the patient is unable to clear from their own throat by themselves. Have you met that patient with Gargouillement? The death rattle that can be heard down the passage way and out to the ambulance? I’ve heard that sound a few times in my career and can give you a few more descriptive expletives or verbs to accompany gargouillement.