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Knowledge is Power

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Rotator Graphic for (U.S. Air Force Graphic by Rosario “Charo” Gutierrez)

The Coronavirus or Covid19 pandemic that is spreading around the world like wildfire is without question the largest single global medical emergency of our time. Over the next few months this pandemic will test health care system to their maximum . Some health systems will survive while others will collapse under the sheer pressure and weight of patient numbers.


Its only a game

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Friday, June 22nd, 2018

The last time England had their hands on the football World Cup was back in 1966. For a country that is home to some of the highest paid footballers in the Premier league, this is slightly embarrassing. For its fans even more so.

Every four years this nation of footballer lovers sits down in front of their televisions to be taken on another emotional roller coaster ride. To some, football is life or death . . literally.  (more…)

Is twitter still an educationally relevant platform?

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Parachute80sHas twitter become “uncool”? Have we moved on? For me twitter has always been a sanctuary for like minded individuals to share collective knowledge and experience on a global scale. Apart from the occasional lunatic, my timeline is  always alight with new ideas and discussion that I often share with students and colleagues. However, there appears to be a shift in how I’m using the platform to develop my own educational needs recently and I’m a bit unsure if we are using twitter to the same degree as other social media platforms? How are you using twitter. I’m only asking this question as I’m terrified that the fashion that is twitter may  pass me by like the iPhone for the blackberry. (more…)

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…)

Treating Light Sabre Injuries

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Friday, December 18th, 2015

rey03If you are unsure as to what the “must have toy” is this Christmas, I’ve got two words for you . . . light and sabre. You cannot move through any shopping mall this December without being confronted by a life size Star Wars cutout holding a light sabre. The George Lucas franchise is making a killing out of us this year, half of the items on the Christmas list to Santa had Star Wars branding on it! We had, Darth Vader’s helmet, a storm trooper’s lunchbox and the ubiquitous light sabre! But what possible harm can these toys bring? (more…)

The great old lady GCS.

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Monday, November 30th, 2015

1960sBeetleWaterShe has been around for almost as long as I have, and in 2014 she had her 40th birthday. Yes, she might have fall out of favour every now and then but that’s only because she has not been giving  the respect she is due. The Glasgow coma scale is a great old lady and the only scoring tool that has stood a test of time. If properly used she will answer the question she was designed for . . .  “is your patients head injury getting worse?”. Why use her for anything else? (more…)