Category Archives: Anaesthesia

SASA 2013 – Ross’ Rough Notes – Congress Day 2

I was taking part and listening to the Registrar Communications stream for most of the day today, which was absolutely fantastic (even if I say so myself!).  The quality was phenomenal.  As a consequence of doing my own talk, however, I didn’t transcribe all of the others.  Here’s the rest, and some updated notes:

SASA 2013 – Ross’ Rough Notes – Congress day 2 (incomplete)

My talk (on Confined Space Intubation) is available on the Presentations page here on the blog.

SASA 2013 – Rough Notes – Congress Day 1

The first day of the main congress has just been completed. I felt strongly about attending the registrar research stream in the afternoon after the plenaries, which proved to be fascinating and of very high quality. Unfortunately, my battery again suffered for the last two talks, so I apologize that those were not transcribed. The notes from the first day of the refresher still need to be completed, but here is the draft in the meantime:

 SASA 2013 – Ross’ Rough Notes – Day 1-3 (incomplete)

SASA 2013 – Ross’ Rough Notes – Day 2

Here are the updated notes after the second day of the refresher course.  I still have to find a chance to transcribe the notes from yesterday after my laptop battery died.  Day 2 is complete.

SASA 2013 – Ross’ Rough Notes – Day 2 (incomplete)

SASA Congress 2013 – Ross’ Rough Notes – Refresher Day 1

SASA 2013

The annual South African Society of Anaesthesiologists Congress for 2013 is underway in Port Elizabeth, where we are being treated to good organisation, excellent weather and great hospitality.  I’m trying to keep some rough scribbles to jog my memory down the road.  As usual, I offer these notes to the wider community with the caveats that they are typed by me very rapidly during the sessions, and thus may have errors in typography or interpretation.  They are also not a complete record, but rather the points that I think valuable/interesting and manage to transcribe in time.  If you find them useful, feel free to share the link.

Day 1’s notes are incomplete, as my laptop battery didn’t last all day.  I’ll type the rest when I have a chance.  A complete set of notes will be posted here on the blog when the congress is completed, and I’ll try provide links to any presentations and a copy of our poster etc.

SASA 2013 – Ross’ Rough Notes – Day 1

The PE crowd also treated us to a great party on the beach last night, replete with live music and a ‘Red’ theme…which may be a reason the first session this morning was slightly less full than yesterday.  My typing speed may also have suffered 😉


Paediatric Videolaryngoscopy gets a PACSA update, and some posters materialise…

As mentioned before, I’ve been influenced by several good examples and mentors – and the burgeoning Open Access movement – to share knowledge and academic resources freely. Recently, a book recommended by an academic friend made me pause for thought: the incredible wealth of effort and info that goes into conference presentations and posters almost never makes it into the accessible media. With that in mind, here is a (small) contribution: I updated my Prezi presentation on paediatric videolaryngoscopy for PACSA 2012 (very nice when a talk made for 15 people graduates to a conference featuring speakers from 5 continents!), and have also added past and present congress posters to the Presentations page. Hopefully someone somewhere sometime will find the resources useful. Enjoy.

Video Games Save Lives – PACSA 2012 Airway Workshop

PACSA 2012 – Notes & Abstracts

I’m currently sitting in the last panel discussion for this year’s Paediatric Anaesthetic Congress of South Africa (PACSA 2012).  I’ve made rough notes of the congress; the full set can be downloaded as a PDF by clicking the link below.  The congress book of notes and abstracts is absolutely fantastic, and as it will be released to the public I have created a link here.  More information on the meeting can be found on the PACSA 2012 webpage.  Please feel free to share the notes; you can mail the link to this post or to the notes themselves.  Enjoy!

PACSA 2012 – Ross’ Rough Notes

PACSA 2012 – Official Notes & Abstract Book

Usual disclaimer applies regarding lack of peer review, my personal interpretation, errors may exist, yada yada fishpaste.

PACSA 2012 – Ross’s Rough Notes – Day 1

Paediatric Anaesthetic Congress of South Africa on the go in Bloemfontein from today until Sunday.  I’m relaxing after jumping through hoops for a presentation on the airway workshop this morning.  There is an excellent book of notes and abstracts which I will find out if I can upload when the meeting is over.  In the meantime, I’ll post my rough notes.  Here’s day one (not including the workshops):

ICU Resource Allocation in the New Millenium

“Will We Say No?”

Released this month by Springer, edited by Dr David Crippen, a neurointensivist and the “Fearless Leader” of CCM-L (the International Critical Care Mailing List and discussion group) and including two chapter on ICU in South Africa, in the past, present and looking towards the future.  I am particularly proud to have contributed the latter (Chapter 22).

Continue reading ICU Resource Allocation in the New Millenium

Some regional anaesthesia resources

Very brief post – I was giving an informal tutorial on practical aspects of regional blocks to a group of interns today, and I promised to forward them a few of my favourite online resources.  I thought I’d share them here and tip my metaphorical hat to the organisations behind these great sites.  In no order of preference:

  • NYSORA – the New York School of Regional Anaesthesia – has a fantastic collection of articles on specific nerve blocks, guidance techniques (including ultrasound), general pointers and other links.  There very well illustrated step-by-step guides to many of the blocks are brilliant adjuncts to learning new techniques and brushing up on doing a block you haven’t used in a while.  I’ve never looked back after I adopted some of their tips and tricks.  Highly recommended.  They also sell a hard-cover book that covers lots of the material, if you prefer to read with something in your hand.
  • The US National Library of Medicine’s Visible Human Project provides access to colour 2D and 3D images of real human anatomy, and is the next best thing to having a cadaver laboratory at your fingertips.  To get the most of this data/imagery, you’ll need to use a viewer or browser of sorts.  The Ecole Polytechnique Federale du Lausanne’s Visible Human Web Server allows you to do specific slices, 3D reconstructions and more.  You’ll need to create a (free) login.
  • For quick, three-dimensional and completely interactive study of anatomy, you have to check out the BioDigital Human site.  It offers a zoomable, rotatable, layerable, disectable, labelable, x-rayable and cross-sectionable 3D anatomy model for you to explore.  I have just begun to tap the advantages and of this for personal learning and teaching; my favourite so far is dissecting off one or two neck structures to show the interscalene approach to the brachial plexus and then using the search function to switch to X-ray view highlighting the phrenic nerve.  Pure awesome.

I’ll try to keep on posting sites that I enjoy.  Please feed back any info you think worth sharing, or pass this on!

Clinical Ultrasound – Collection of links

The basis for this list came out of a post on the Critical Care Mailing List (CCM-L), and I don’t have info on who originally created it, but it’s too good not to share.  Most of these are orientated toward emergency medicine, but will be appreciated by all disciplines.  (Ok, maybe not dermatology, but you never know…)  I’ll try to update it when I stumble across more, so if you know of others, forward them to me or comment below.  Enjoy!

  • ACEP US Section – for all the needs of emergency physicians who perform US, credential others, direct US programs and much more!
  • SAEM US Academy – is a community within the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine. AEUS provides an international forum bringing together bedside clinician sonologists with the common goal of advancing patient care
  • Bedside US and the Stanford 25 – The Stanford 25 is a list of 25 dependent physical diagnosis maneuvers to help with the physical exam and medical education, one of which is bedside US
  • Society of US in Medical Education – this link takes you to the learning modules, but if you press “Home” you will see how amazing this society is for enhancing US education.
  • Emergency Ultrasonography – this site is a great go-to for providing the foundation for a basic understanding of Emergency Ultrasound through lectures, modules, testing
  • EMSono – a great site which is a comprehensive emergency ultrasound education website that also provides you with free teaching modules through the SonoBridge. It also provides the ACEP test for bedside US.
  • iTunes Podcasts on Emergency Ultrasound – Great notes on a broad range of topics by J. Christian Fox, MD.
  • SonoGuide – An excellent free online site to learn all that there is to know with regard to bedside US
  • SonoSpot – Topics in bedside ultrasound
  • SoundBytes – a great CME download and set of lectures !
  • Ultrasound Podcast – a very fun and cool way to learn bedside US through two very funny guys!
  • Ultrasound SHARE – a great site for a library for all the US videos/images you ever want to see!
  • US Guided Nerve Blocks – a complete source for all you want to know in regard to US guided Nerve blocks.
  • ViewSono – great video tutorials (short format case based), reviews of core ultrasound procedures in emergency medicine, critical care and regional anesthesia
  • Vimeo US images and videos – an awesome site to see every US related video you’ll ever want to see!

There are quite a few smart phone apps and iTunes videos that can help while you are on the run, train, plane, or riding in the back of a Harley:

If you’re the original creator of this list, please let me know so I can credit you!