Chapter #1 – Introduction to the Course

Welcome to the introductory podcast episode of the Auckland Helicopter Rescue Trust simulation based, pre-hospital critical care curriculum. This episode will introduce the ARHT education team and outline the goals and structure of the curriculum.

Below you will find some more information relating to the concept of a “flipped classroom” as well as the use of simulation in medical education.

Web links:

Review of Flipped classroom –

The 7 thing’s you should know about the flipped classroom –

How Flipping the Classroom can improve the Traditional Lecture –

Does simulation-based medical education with deliberate practice yield better results than traditional clinical education? A meta-analytic comparative review of the evidence.
McGaghie WC1, Issenberg SB, Cohen ER, Barsuk JH, Wayne DB.
Acad Med. 2011 Jun;86(6):706-11.

Features and uses of high-fidelity medical simulations that lead to effective learning: a BEME systematic review.
Issenberg SB1, McGaghie WC, Petrusa ER, Lee Gordon D, Scalese RJ.
Med Teach. 2005 Jan;27(1):10-28.

Could simulated emergency procedures practised in a static environment improve the clinical performance of a Critical Care Air Support Team (CCAST)? A literature review.
Lamb D.
Intensive Crit Care Nurs. 2007 Feb;23(1):33-42.

The utility of simulation in medical education: what is the evidence?
Okuda Y1, Bryson EO, DeMaria S Jr, Jacobson L, Quinones J, Shen B, Levine AI.
Mt Sinai J Med. 2009 Aug;76(4):330-43. doi: 10.1002/msj.20127.

Simulation as a tool to improve the safety of pre-hospital anaesthesia–a pilot study.
Batchelder AJ1, Steel A, Mackenzie R, Hormis AP, Daniels TS, Holding N.
Anaesthesia. 2009 Sep;64(9):978-83.

Greater Sydney Area HEMS podcasts


Our colleagues from Sydney have created an excellent group of podcasts about pre-hospital and retrieval medicine:

NEUROPROTECTION – covers retrieval of patients with neurological and neurosurgical emergencies; also view their helicopter operating procedure HERE

INTERHOSPITAL PATIENT ASSESSMENT – overview of the assessment of a critically ill patient requiring transfer from one facility to another

THE TRAPPED PATIENT – overview of the approach to a patient trapped in a vehicle


Brian Burns: Trauma before and beyond the hospital – from SMACC 2013

From the SMACC 2013 conference – this podcast is Dr Brian Burns (Greater Sydney Area HEMS) speaking about managing trauma patients in extremis and in extreme conditions

Click HERE for the podcast (right click to save)

Accompanying slides:

Click here for Brian Burns (@HawkmoonHEMS) on twitter

Click here for Brian Burns (@HawkmoonHEMS) on twitter