The Most Fair Dinkum Ripper Beauts of the Year
SMACC Podcast: Crack the Chest Get Crucified (John Hinds)
John’s talk from the opening plenary at SMACC Chicago had a furious battle with David Newman’s talk for the number one spot. Both were clear front runners given the shear number of recommendations, however – sentiment aside – ‘Crack the Chest, Get Crucified’ was the clear winner. With characteristic wit and wisdom, John discusses the personal challenges he faced when developing the capacity to provide resuscitative thoracotomy to dying patients at his regional hospital. John, we miss you.
2015 Best of the Rest
- SMACC Podcast: Healthcare in Hippocrates’ Shadow (David Newman)
- David Newman is a very very smart person renowned for his ‘deep dives’ into the medical literature. In this talk he ‘deep dives’ into the heart of healthcare, namely the words we choose to communicate with our patients. Using the example of sore throat he shows how to form a partnership with patients and practice good medicine. This talk has deservedly met universal acclaim.
- SMACC Podcast: Optimizing Critical Care in the Emergency Department (Sara Gray)
- Sara Gray is a dual trained emergency physician and intensivist from Canada. Her topic is of obvious interest to LITFLers, many of whom straddle the divide between critical care specialties and all of whom want the best care for the critically ill wherever they are. Sara delivers a perfectly balanced talk on ten strategies (nicely ordered by complexity/ difficulty!) that might just make a difference.
- EMCrit Wee: Mind-blowing cricothyrotomy video (Scott Weingart and Reuben Strayer)
- Knowing how to perform a cricothyrotomy and knowing when to pull the trigger to do so are critical pieces of emergency airway management. While we talk a lot about the procedure, there’s a lack of good video resources to learn from . . . until now. This incredible post contains video footage of a cric being performed on a living patient and, the patient survived the ordeal. Those involved did a great job in getting consent for this video and putting themselves up for scrutiny so that we can all learn.
- EM Nerd: The Adventure of the Cardboard Box (Rory Spiegel)
- The last 12 months has seen the world of ischemic stroke care embrace intra-arterial therapy as the second coming. Neurologists have called this the new standard care and called for an overhaul of the current stroke care system. But we know better than to simply take these trials at face value. Rory Spiegel puts a critical eye on the literature in a series of posts over the year. Rory is masterful at bringing critical appraisal to life, throw your murder mysteries away, read EM Nerd.
- EM Cases: Emergency Management of Sickle Cell Crisis (Anton Helman)
- Canada and Anton Helman’s ‘Emergency Medicine Cases’ is a jewel of a podcast that probably doesn’t get the plaudits it deserves. I rarely manage sickle cell patients so hearing Anton speak with experts Richard Ward and John Foote was truly educational. Together with the podcast, the detailed show notes and references make this close to the gold standard for effective FOAM.
- The Ultrasound Podcast: The Summer of Failure (Haney Mallemat)
- Much of the world of POC echo focuses on assessment of the left ventricle but the right ventricle shouldn’t be ignored. Haney Mallemat joins the Ultrasound Podcast to take a look at how we can assess the function of the right ventricle in caring for critically ill patients.
- St. Emlyn’s: JC The REVERT Trial (Rick Body)
- We frequently manage AV Nodal Re-entry Tachycardia in the ED and while both adenosine and verapamil (or diltiazem) are incredibly effective, it’s nice to have non-pharmacologic treatments that are quick, easy and effective. The REVERT trial features a modification to the standard valsalva maneuver and Rick Body of the St. Emlyn’s crew does an excellent critical appraisal of the article.
- REBEL EM: The 10 Trauma Commandments (Chris Hicks)
- The trauma game “done changed.” Chris Hicks, EM physician and trauma team leader at St. Michael’s in Toronto, discusses his 10 commandments of trauma resuscitation based on the existing literature as well as extensive experience.
- ER Cast: Torsades de Pointes (Rob Orman and Joe Bellezzo)
- How do you manage Torsades de Pointes? Magnesium? Sure. Electricity? Of course. But what about overdrive pacing and isoproterenol. Knowing the book answers is easy. Knowing the logistics of management is much trickier. Rob Orman and ED ECMO podcast’s Joe Bellezzo take a deep dive and provide you with the knowledge to expertly treat this lethal dysrrhythmia. No podcast sounds better than ERCast.
- Intensive Care Network: Coping with Isolation (Tim Leeuwenberg)
- FOAM Cast: ACEP tPA Clinical Policy (Jeremy Faust, Lauren Westafer and more)
- St. Emlyn’s Podcast: Lessons Learned from the November Paris Attacks (Youri Yordanov)
- REBEL EM: Do Patients with Strep Throat Need to Be Treated with Antibiotics (Anand Swaminathan)
- SMACC: Lessons from the Princess Bride (Amal Mattu)
- EM Nerd: The Case of the Blind Allocator (Rory Spiegel)
- EMCrit: The PROPPR Trial with John Holcomb (Scott Weingart and John Holcomb)
- Intensive Care Network: Lessons from the Cage (Oli Flower)
- Core EM: Aortic Dissection + Syncope (Anand Swaminathan)
- Essentials of EM: Critically Ill Pregnant Patient (Haney Mallemat)
- St. Emlyn’s: JC: Drinking from the Firehose – Keeping Up with the Literature (Natalie May)
Are these really the best?
There is a heck of a lot of FOAM out there these days. Too much for even the voracious LITFL Review team to effectively parse, categorise and reliably judge. This is simply a list of our favourites. We have some clear biases. We know many of the people creating these resources. We are only human. Another bias we are also susceptible to, we think, is the emotional and edutainment impact of podcasts and video over the humble blog post. We suspect that the written word has become the Rodney Dangerfield of FOAM, it don’t get no respect…
We welcome your top recommendations from 2015, so we know what we’ve missed – please leave a comment below and have a great 2016.
Reference Sources and Reading List
Brought to you by:
- Anand Swaminathan [AS] (EM Lyceum, iTeachEM)
- Brent Thoma [BT] (BoringEM and Academic Life in EM)
- Chris Connolly [CC]
- Chris Nickson [CN] ( iTeachEM, RAGE, INTENSIVE and SMACC)
- Jesse Spurr [JS] (Injectable Orange)
- Marjorie Lazoff [ML]
- Mat Goebel [MG]
- Salim Rezaie [SR] (REBEL EM, The Teaching Institute)
- Segun Olusanya [SO] (JICSCast)
- Simon Laing [SL] (HEFTEMCast)