CGD 7th May 2014 – There Will Be Blood!!


This week’s CGD will focus on the exsanguinating patient, covering topics such as tamponade of massive haemorrhage and correction of coagulopathy.

Scheduled sessions include:

  • Winched From The Top – An audit of our recent winch rescues
  • Tic Tactics – A review of trauma-induced coagulopathy
  • Plugging The Gaps – Extra-ordinary techniques for controlling bleeding, e.g. REBOA
  • Blood From The Floor – Difficult haemostasis cases… What would you do?
  • Haemostasis Workshops – Hands-on practical covering techniques such as tourniquet application, facial packing and epistaxis control

The programme is presented below:

CGD Flyer

As part of our ongoing “flipped classroom” model, we invite all attendees to check out the following pre-reading prior to attendance:

1. Peruse the 2013 European guidelines on management of Acute Traumatic Coagulopathy Its a scarily big document but the important recommendations are in bold.

2. Learn about REBOA (Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta) from Scott Weingart over at EMCrit

 3. Foley catheter technique for exsanguinating vascular injury. This is a popular technique with South African trauma surgeons. Learn how to do it here and here

 4. Sengstaken-Blakemore / Minnesota tube for massive variceal haemorrhage. Watch Scott Weingart’s video on how to do it here: with notes by Chris Nickson here:

5. Read the 2013 Warfarin Reversal Guidelines from the Australian Society of Haemostasis and Thrombosis

6. Remind yourself of our HOPs on traumatic haemorrhage control and blood management

7. Finally, a graphic display of traumatic amputation from the Monty Python team is available here:

Looking forward to seeing you there!

All NSW Health staff welcome. Sign in required. See here for directions.

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