Our first Academic Forum of the year had a great response with the Perrin LT being packed out with medical students and LAS members.
Tonight's theme was on Medical vs. Traumatic Cardiac Arrest. The evening kicked off with a case presentation by 2nd year PCP student Jack Dryburgh-Jones discussing a medical cardiac arrest attended on an FRU shift.
Jack talked through his own experience of a medical out of hospital cardiac arrest. Multiple aspects of the case were discussed including scene management and conducting a primary survey; highlighting the difficulties in the assessment of a non-responsive patient in the prehospital setting. LAS guidelines on management of a cardiac arrest were discussed, including the eight reversible causes. In keeping with the case scenario further teaching was provided on hypovolaemia within cardiac arrest. Jack’s talk concluded with a discussion; emphasising the importance of reflecting on difficult cases.
This was followed by a talk from HEMS Anaesthetist Dr Miller; who has experience not only working for LAA but also Sydney HEMS and Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance Trust. Dr Miller spoke about traumatic cardiac arrest and the challenges within the pre-hospital environment. This was reinforced by discussion on the difficulties of gathering and comparing data on traumatic cardiac arrest.
We hope this forum sets a precedent for the upcoming year and we look forward to seeing you on the 29th of November.