Rollcage Medic Podcast

Feast your ears and eyes on podcast and vodcast goodness, as I pick the brains of the leading lights of the motor sport medicine and rescue community.

Some will be well known, others working in the background, but all are experts in their field with acres of experience that they are willing to share.

So tune in, turn on and absorb the goodness.

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Podcast 9 - Dr Ian Roberts and lessons learned in motorsport

January 2, 2015
I hope you all had a good Christmas and sent 2014 out with a bang. It's probably why I haven't gotten much work done over the past ten days.

However, it's time to get 2015 up and running and to do that here is the podcast that I recorded with Ian Roberts while we were at the FIA Medicine in Motorsport Summit in Doha. If you want to know more about what was discussed at the Summit itself, I've posted a summary here.

Ian and I sat down in a side room of the ASPETAR Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Hospital in Doha during the workshops and tour to record this podcast. It's about a half hour long and we cover a fair amount in that time. Here's a quick content outline.

1) Pre-event preparation
- Know the features of the location, particularly danger spots
- Make sure security knows how to recognise you and that you may come through at speed requiring rapid access to a given area

2) Teamwork, good communication and hazard awareness are as important as the clinical skills that we bring to a motorsport event

3) Ian and Allan use checklists!!!
- State of readiness checklist before leaving pit lane garage for car and equipment
- In car equipment and comms check once in pit lane
- Ian keeps his checklists on his phone

4) Ian and Allan use a constant stream of closed loop communication between them, in a check and response format, so that nothing is assumed or left to chance. Each knows what the other is thinking and planning to do.

5) 15G is the magic number to trigger the blue medical warning light on the body of the F1 car just in front of the cockpit. This threshold is set below the impact force that is expected to be survivable, though not necessarily without injury.

6) We go through a great, step by step description of what actions are happening inside the FIA Medical Car and what thoughts and plans are going through Ian's head when a crash occurs and the medical car is scrambled to the scene.

7) The role of the pre-race team medical exercise is not so much about showing off clinical skills as it is an opportunity to see how the team works together, iron out any kinks in understanding of the idiosyncrasies of the category of vehicle and to prime the team for a real incident.

About 14 minutes in to the podcast there is a brief interruption where two of the Summit organisers come in and take down a workshop banner, but ever the professionals, they are quiet as mice.

As always, comments are welcome below and if anyone has questions for Ian, I'll bounce them along to him.

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Podcast 8 - Decision making in high stakes environments with Mike Lauria

August 28, 2014

So last week I wrote a post about a presentation by a guy named Mike Lauria (@ResusPadawan)on the topic of "Making the call" that I found on Scott Weingart's EM Crit site.

Mike's presentation covers all of the key areas relevant to current thinking on critical decision making in high stakes environments, drawing on his experience as a U.S. military pararescueman and a civilian paramedic. (He is also now studying to be doc.)

This is an area I've been following for a little while now, through...

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Podcast 7 - Irish road racing and Australian circuits with John Hinds and Brent May

March 26, 2014
I spent last week in the Gold Coast at possibly the best critical care conference in the world ... smaccGOLD (You can find out the details in my blog post smaccGOLD ... All the hype and more). Amongst the greats like Scott Weingart, Cliff Reid, Victoria Brazil, Karim Brohi, Simon Carly, John Myburgh and Rich Levitan and the rising stars such as Louise Cullen, Grace Leo, Liz Crowe and Lauren Westafer, there was an Irish anesthetist and pre-hospital physician from Belfast who spends his weekend...
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Podcast 6 - The roles of the event Chief Medical Officer with Dr Rik Hagen - Part II

March 11, 2014
In Part II of this podcast interview, Rik and I talk about the responsibilities and tasks that occupy a motorsport chief medical officer's time during and after an event.

We also take a look at some tips, advice and sources of information for budding CMOs and how the role is being developed in the context of a wider evolution of the provision of rescue and medical service provision at motorsports events.

Resources & links

DRIVE.DR - A checklist of items that need to be put in place for a motors...
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Podcast 5 - The roles of the event Chief Medical Officer with Dr Rik Hagen

February 18, 2014
So Christmas is a distant memory by now, and the motorsport season has already started, with the WRC several events in, the Melbourne F1 GP opener around the corner and the V8 Supercars having held their season opening test day at the Sydney Motor Sport Park last Saturday.

To kick of the Rollcage Medic podcasting season I thought we'd take a look at the role of the Chief Medical Officer at motorsport events. There's a full chapter devoted to outlining the CMO responsibilities in the first edi...
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Podcast 4 - Interview with Dr Terry Trammell - Part II

January 16, 2014
Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Saturday, October 5, 2013

Yes, I know, it's been a while. I've been off chasing rally cars in Coff's Coast at the WRC Rally Australia and been part of the Bedside Critical Care Conference so time seems to have slid past. However, it's time to get part two of the Terry Trammell interview up, so here it is.

In this half, Terry and I talk about the position of the driver's body in an open-wheel, open-cockpit race car and how it predisposes to vertebral injury. We ...
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Podcast 3 - Interview with Dr Terry Trammell - Part I

January 16, 2014
Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I feel like I've scored big this time. I'm on the podcasting steam train and this one's a gem. The audio quality could be better, but it was recorded over a mobile phone line on speaker phone.

I emailed Dr Terry Trammell after reading an article that he co-authored with Kathy Flint and asked if he would be prepared to sit down to record a podcast interview. And being a gentleman, he agreed. I can't share a link to the article with you, a...
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The logistics behind providing medical and rescue cover for motorsports events with Tony Harris

January 16, 2014
Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Wednesday, July 17, 2013

I've just spent the weekend working with the Motorsport Safety and Rescue (MSR) team providing medical cover for the FIA International Rally of Queensland. During the weekend I had the opportunity to sit down with Tony Harris, an intensive care paramedic with wilderness rescue training from Tasmania who has taken on the role of Motorsport Co-ordinator for MSR.

I've been used to simply turning up, doing the job and going home at the end ...
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Exercise associated hyponatraemia with Luke Bennett

January 16, 2014
Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Tuesday, June 18, 2013

So I've decided to have a go at this podcasting business. Everyone is doing it and I've learned a bit about it from work that I've done with the Intensive Care Network and from friends who run sites like Life In The Fast Lane, EM Crit, the P.H.A.R.M., BroomeDocs and the Ultrasound Podcast. How hard can it be?

Well, as you might be about to see, it's actually kind of tricky; especially the first time around.

I got talking to Luke Bennett re...
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