In view of the severe weather conditions in New South Wales the Sydney CGD has been cancelled. We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused, but staff safety is our top priority. Other non-essential NSW Ambulance meetings have been cancelled in order to keep staff off the roads.

Many NSW Ambulance staff have had their homes damaged or are without electrical power or other amenities and our thoughts are with them and the rest of the public at this time.

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Clinical Governance Day 22nd April 2015


At our next Clinical Governance Day we’re fortunate to be joined by Dr Kate Sellors, Emergency Specialist at Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney. Kate has a particular interest in toxicology and has previously worked with Sydney HEMS so will be in an ideal position to teach toxicology which is relevant to the pre-hospital and retrieval environment.

Over the course of the day, we’ll be looking at organophosphate poisoning, managing ACE-inhibitor/Calcium channel blocker/beta-blocker overdose and dealing with envenomation.
Prior to the CGD, it would be worth reading a couple of the attached articles so we’re all up to speed with the management of envenomation and overdoses.

Have a read through Life in the Fast Lane’s entry on Brown Snake Envenomation. It would also be worth revising how to apply a pressure immobilisation bandage. Take a look at the ARC guidelines, or watch this short video demonstrating the technique.

Organophosphate poisoning
Take a look at Andrew Dawson’s presentation from SMACC, as well as his excellent WikiTox page on managing organophosphate poisoning

Calcium channel blocker,ACE-inhibitor and B-blocker overdose
Test your knowledge of CCB overdose and High Dose Euglycaemic Therapy (HIET) with this tricky case of verapamil overdose

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Clinical Governance Day 8th April 2015

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Clinical Governance Day 25th March 2015

There are two exciting workshops planned for the day, covering management of obstetric emergencies and revising our basic neonatal resuscitation.

Prior to the CGD it would be well worth having a quick read of the following documents:


Obstetric Emergencies

Neonatal Resuscitation

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Clinical Governance Day 11th March 2015

It would be really helpful if everyone can prepare for the session by having a read through Life in the Fast Lane’s description of pacing, and watch this short video on pacing with the Lifepak15

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STaR-studded Simulation

Simulation, Training and Research (STaR) shifts have recommenced at Bankstown this week with registrars putting each other through their paces with daily simulation.

Scenario – Road team attending a 70 year old male who has fallen 4-5m from his roof landing on his right side. He has sustained an obvious head injury with reduced consciousness and brisk scalp bleeding.

Scene – Male patient in right lateral position at base of wall. First-responder team arrived 5 mins earlier and applied a collar, placed an IV and have given IV ondansetron for “vomiting on several occasions”. They are struggling to control bleeding from a scalp laceration. Wife has just told paramedics he “only takes warfarin for AF”.

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Patient – Obtunded with partial airway obstruction and a briskly bleeding right scalp laceration. Extensive right chest wall contusions with subcutaneous emphysema and reduced air entry. RR 28, SaO2 93%, P 105 (AF), BP 148/90, GCS 6. Pupils equal 4mm.

Learning points from debrief:

  • Obtain observations as early as possible. This only helps to prioritise care and interventions.
  • Optimise the environment to optimise your resuscitation. Move the patient to a safe location to make your care easier.
  • Adopt neuroprotective measures post-RSI for all patients with traumatic brain injury. Don’t forget to reassess the pupils.
  • Control brisk scalp bleeders if possible. Employ others to apply direct pressure & don’t forget that we carry staples !!
  • If possible notify the receiving ED for potential need for early warfarin reversal (PCCs & FFP).

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Thanks to Dan (Doc), Laurie (Para), Alex (SRC), Jimmy (trusty assistant #1), Keith (trusty assistant #2) & Chris (STaR).

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Clinical Governance Day 25th February 2015

 Sandra Ware will be talking through the recently published Pragmatic Randomized Optimal Platelet and Plasma Ratios (PROPPR) Trial. It’s worth having a read through the article (unfortunately not open-access) before the Clinical Governance Day

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