Emergency Medicine = Combat Aviation!

There is currently a huge amount of interest in lessons that medicine can learn from aviation, including concepts like CRM and the use of checklists. Efforts are being made to select and integrate these concepts into a form specific to emergency medicine – Andy Buck’s blog Resus Room Management is a great example of this, and is well worth a read.

Joe-NovakJoe Novak, an emergency physician who is a former F15 pilot (!) feels that due to its chaotic nature emergency medicine is analogous to combat aviation! These concepts are discussed in a lecture presented on Scott Weingart’s emcrit.org

Click HERE for the show notes and podcast



In combat aviation:

  1. Aviate
  2. Navigate
  3. Communicate

In EM & Critical Care:

  1. Resuscitate
  2. Differentiate
  3. Communicate

Tranexamic acid podcast and resources

In this post Andrew Petrosoniak discussed the use of tranexamic acid in the prehospital trauma setting, and  Auckland HEMS is currently developing a prehospital protocol its use in our service.

About a year ago, Scott Weingart from emcrit.org interviewed Dr Tim Coats, one of the lead authors of the CRASH 2 trial. The interview, which covers a lot of practical territory, became a podcast on emcrit.org in early 2012.

The podcast is here.

Dr Weingart’s ‘show notes’, which include a link to a draft protocol by Minh Le Cong for tranexamic acid in the prehospital setting, are here.