25/10/2013; 17:54: It's hard to find a problem you aren't looking for. Is it time to establish an Australian motorsport injury registry? Read more
06/10/2013; 18:17: I've gotten around to uploading the second part of my interview with Dr Terry Trammell on vertebral injury in drivers of open-wheel, open-cockpit race cars. To listen to it, follow this link
04/09/2013; 18:43: In the U.S.A. last week there was a quiet settlement made between former NFL players and the NFL regarding Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. While still subject to U.S. District Judge approval, it potentially sets a precedent with far reaching ramifications. Read more ...
27/08/2013; 16:18: I've finally finished editing the podcast that I recently recorded with Dr Terry Trammell. It turned out to be quite a long session, so I've made it into two parts. Here's Part I
13/08/2013; 14:00: I've moved firmly into podcasting territory and I think it's going pretty well. First off, I have to thank Scott Weingart (EM Crit) and Minh Le Cong (The P.H.A.R.M. site) for their help and advice. Scott and I are putting together an easy-to-follow guide in case anyone else out there wants to set up their own site, blog or podcast; so keep an eye out for that.
From my involvement with the Intensive
Care Network, it seems that listening to a podcast is a prefereable
option to reading a block of text. So I am going to make more use of this format. In general and where suitable, I'll try and have an accompanying video so that any relevant images can be included. In some cases a text and pics approach may be better suited and I'll use that instead. Feel free to give me some feedback on all of this.
In the meantime, the Rollcage Medic Podcast is now available through iTunes, in the Medicine subcategory, as well as on the website. Go to the iTunes store, select podcasts and search for Rollcage Medic.
I've put up two podcasts so far and I am uploading a third at the moment. There is a fourth podcast in the pipeline, an interview with Dr Terry Trammell, which I am editing at the moment and hope to have it up on the site and on iTunes in the next week or so.
So bookmark the Rollcage Medic Podcast page and subscribe to the RSS feed and to Rollcage Medic on iTunes and you'll always have the latest information streaming to you.
If you fancy recording a podcast on a motorsport medical or rescue topic, get in touch with me and I'll happily publish it through the Rollcage site.
17/07/2013; 20:13: I spent last weekend with the Motorsport Safety and Rescue team, working on the FIA International Rally of Queensland, on the Sunshine Coast. On one of the evenings, I sat down with Tony Harris, MSR's motorsport co-ordinator, for a chat about the work that goes in to organising medical and rescue cover for a motorsport event ... Read more
19/06/2013; 02:06: Luke Bennett is a good friend of mine and a Queensland RFDS doctor with a ton of motorsport experience. He recently started working on a Masters and his first paper is a review of Exercise Associated Hyponatraemia. We sat down the other day and recorded a podcast about it, using Google Hangout. You can watch that podcast here.
07/06/2013; 15:54 - Ever wondered about the bits of along the edges of a race track that drivers seem magnetically attracted to? Well wonder no more as I take a look at two of the top crash barriers used in motor sports ... Read more.
29/05/2013; 23:02 - While sifting through some motorsports material for an article, I came across this recent TEDx gem of Prof Hugh E. Scully talking about the role of medicine in motorsport at the Washington University of St. Louis... Read more
06/05/2013; 17:00 - Following the publication of the new AAN guidelines on sports related concussion injury, Medscape.com has published their own review which you can read here.
29/03/2013; 16:00 - I haven't put up any photos for a while, so I thought I'd throw on a few from the recent F1 GP at Albert Park. I've also put up two videos taken from the pit wall during Q1. The noise is phenomenal and you can see why working the pit lane can be hazardous to your health.
F1 GP Albert Park 2013 photos & videos
28/03/2013; 18:24 - The new AAN guidelines on concussion in sport were released this month. They involved a review of all available evidence on sports concussion between 1955 and June 2012 and sought to provide answers to 4 key questions:
1) For athletes, what factors increase or decrease con-
2a) For athletes suspected of having sustained concussion, what diagnostic tools are useful in identifying those with concussion?
2b) For athletes suspected of having sustained concussion, what diagnostic tools are useful in identifying those at increased risk for severe or prolonged early impairments, neurologic catastrophe, or chronic neurobehavioral impairment?
3) For athletes with concussion, what clinical factors are useful in identifying those at increased risk for severe or prolonged early postconcussion impairments, neurologic catastrophe, recurrent concussions, or chronic neurobehavioral impairment?
4) For athletes with concussion, what interventions enhance recovery, reduce the risk of recurrent concussion, or diminish long-term sequelae?
Read more ...
16/03/2013; 14:21 - I'm sitting in the front passenger seat of a Mercedes E250 station wagon between Turns 13 and 14 of the Albert Park Formula 1 GP circuit watching Ferrari, Red Bull, McLaren and the others zip around. Earlier in the day I was chatting to the senior ambulance co-ordinator who gave me some interesting reading material.
It is a brochure from a company called Remote Diagnostic Technologies Ltd who produce a portable patient monitor called the Tempus Pro. And it looks like a neat piece of pre-hospital kit.
Read more ...
06/03/2013; 15:47 - Yet another development in airway management has appeared. I came across it about a month ago and it's worth having a think about how it might fit in with motorsports resuscitation.
It is called the Vortex Approach and is designed for use when you find yourself in an unexpected difficult or failed airway situation.
Read more ...
23/01/2013; 15:44 - Airway management is stressful. It's even worse when the conditions and elements operate against you, especially if you are working with people and equipment that you are unfamiliar with, as is not uncommon at motorsport events.
So it's always worth seeing how the civilian pre-hospital and retrieval experts approach this challenging intervention.
16/01/2013; 13:28 - Hi all and Happy New Year. I hope you all had a good time over Christmas.
Back when I started up the ASMMR and put out a newsletter, I wrote a piece on the range of airway devices available, from simple oropharyngeal airways to endotracheal intubation (You can read it here). Recently I came across a review article in Anaesthesia & Analgesia devoted just to extraglottic airways (also known as supraglottic airways, though there is some semantics involved) and it makes a good read.