Another month, another Academic Forum! This month's focused on airway management and respiratory emergencies, and we're fairly certain nobody's going to neglect the airway after tonight.
We began with PCP and Prehospital Medicine iBSc student Mark Murphy discussing a hanging case. Mark brought in academic papers as well as his own experiences to talk through the steps in managing a compromised airway, airway adjuncts, and even the principles of rapid sequence induction.
Next up Lead Paramedic Craig Cassidy spoke about a case of severe asthma which saw a patient go from being essentially well to exceptionally unwell in a matter of minutes. Craig discussed the management of asthma, but also imparted fantastic advice about dealing with frightening situations.
Finally Dr Gareth Grier taught about rapid sequence induction (RSI; prehospital general anaesthesia) in terms of the procedure as well as which cases it would be indicated in. We then finished the night using television medical dramas to demonstrate how forgetting the airway can be devastating.
We were also lucky enough to be joined by students from Aarhus University's Anaestheisology and Traumatology Society from Denmark! The PCP is going international!
Overall a wonderful evening and we hope to see you in November for Haemorrhage and Shock.