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Episode 36: COVID-19 PREP: Supporting patients and Survivors Mental Health Through the Pandemic

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So social isolation, the stress of being in a hospital and the things that patietns see as a result of overcrowding are all part and parcel of the journey we are all going through world wide. 


Just a short talk with some thoughts on how to start to help your patients stay happy and healthy mentally. 

Episode 35: COVID PREP Frontliner and First Responder Mental Health.

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I've received an email about how people can help without being frontliners or if they cant be. 


One of the key things you can do to support front liners is not material; it's to be part of their mental support system. 

Episode 34: COVID 19 PREP So you have a ventilated patient on your ward and they are calling you at 2 am …. (White Belt to Blue Belt Level)

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So with all of the issues with offsite ventilation of COVID-19 patients around the world, I've had requests from my surgical colleagues to do a trouble shooting talk on ventilators. 


So here it goes....... 

Episode 33: COVID-19 PREP Ventilation Primer for non-specialists (White Belt to Blue Belt Level)

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So this WILL NOT BE a be and end all. 

It's about the basics of what modes are, what to do where and what works where. 

For now I'm recommending ARDSNET protocol if in doubt but it will or may change as our reality is we've never done this before so. 

Episode 32:COVID-19 PREP Lung Mechanics and Respiratory Failure (White Belt to Blue Belt Level)

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Not a be all , end all summary, more so a run through of relevant parts for a non-gas jockey (I am one so it's okay) to be comfortable. 


It literally starts with a drawing of an alveolus and gets to nitrogen content in 40 minutes. 


#covid-19 #resuscitation #ventilator #ICU #criticalcare

Episode 23 COVID-19 PREP: Logistics and Liabilities in Pandemics

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Just a quick review of how to prepare legally and logistically for the realities of a pandemic.

How do you safely comeback to work and volunteer?

How do you coordinate your team to set up and write a legally binding document that makes sure that you can provide care with limited liability


#Corona #Covid-19 #ICU #Criticalcare #admin #administration #foamed #MEDED #emergencymedicine 

Episode 31: Explaining What I mean by Blue Belt , White Belt etc and Why it makes sense.

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Completely (almost) non clinical episode, I feel kind of like we need a COVID-19 break and I received an email asking me why I kept referring to belt rankings. 


In my mind there is a growing body of literature that myelin leads to speed of action and speed of thought. Also to Mylenate your brain you need to do drills, develop passion and practice. As a guy who has done a little judo and a little brazilian juijitsu I can tell you it's the same there. 

The key difference is that although people identify belt ranks with a hierarchy they are actual more about masteryand so it's pretty similar to acute care. 


Episode 30: Covid -19 Intensive and Critical care Guidelines

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Just some thoughts and a summary on the ICU and critical care guidelines outthere. 


#foamed #icu #criticalcare #resuscitation #covid19

Episode 29: COVID-19 PREP : Hemodynamics, Shock and Monitoring : White Belt to Blue Belt Level

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Basics of 




Why Swans can be a problem. 

Vasopressor review. 

 #FOAMED #MEDED #COVID-19 #Hemodynamics #ICU #criticalcare #ER #resuscitation

Episode 28: COVID 19 PREP Intubation:White Belt Level to Blue Belt Level

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So this is just a quick look at indications, strategies and considerations when needing to intubate. 

This isn't how to manage oxygenation or ventilation. Just the basics of intubating for a white belt to become a blue belt. 



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