Beherrsche die Reanimation

April 2, 2013 by  
Filed under All Updates, Resus

TLsm-icon The whole purpose behind my career and this blog is to save life. Like most emergency physicians I don’t see a huge number of resuscitation patients myself in a given week, so my best hope in making a difference is to develop my teaching skills so that I can motivate and inspire others to improve their ability to manage resuscitation.

The highlight of my week therefore has been the receipt of some email feedback from a colleague in Germany. An intensivist, internist, and prehospital doctor (I like him already) who tells me he found my ‘Own the Resus‘ talk helpful:


Dear Dr. Reid,

Few days ago, too tired too sleep after a long shift on my ICU (18 beds internal medicine ICU, I am specialist in internal medicine specialized in intensive care and prehospital emergency medicine in a major German city) I watched your talk via emcrit podcast. I was immediately caught, I soaked in every word, I was fascinated, watched it twice in the middle of the night and next afternoon I listened to it in my car driving to work.

At this very day I did some overdue crap beyond the end of my shift when I heard the ominous shuffling of feet and rolling of the emergency cart from the other end of the ward… “I think we need your help….”

There it was, difficult airway situation. Patient crashing.

Then what followed was a kind of “out of body experience”. I did what was necessary, made things happen like calling anesthesia difficult airway code, calling the surgeons, organizing fiber optics and meanwhile trying to secure that airway myself until i could dispatch anesthesia to the head and surgeons to the neck. Within few minutes there were 6 doctors and 5 nurses shuffling on 9 square meters…

I found myself 1 meter behind the foot end of the pts bed and with your talk in my head I found me consciously controlling the crowd. There was suddenly the messages of your talk and there was me. I don’t know how to put it into words, I wouldn’t have done something else in medical terms but thanks to your talk I had the vocabulary, the tools to reflect myself as the leader to be in charge of the situation somehow with more distance, and after a successful resus the 10 people involved in this code went off with a good feeling that everybody contributed in what they could and all for the pts benefit.

Your talk was a kind of transition to the next level for me: from the colleague who asks how to get out of trouble in many situations because he was often deeply in trouble, to the one who leads out of trouble.

With your talk many things suddenly became clear and I am looking forward to be able to work harder on this role of leading.

Thank you very much.

D

Comments

5 Responses to “Beherrsche die Reanimation”

  1. Minh Le Cong on April 2nd, 2013 15:08

    this is great stuff, Cliff. congratulations. I am sure this put a smile on your face ;-)

  2. Tim Leeuwenburg on April 2nd, 2013 15:19

    Great – the epitomy of #FOAMed – learning from each other, helping to bring techniques of mastery to the situation – whether it be in Deutschland or some half-assed rural hospital in country Oz. Well done to both “D” and Cliff.

    Just shows how powerful words can be.

  3. Viking One on April 3rd, 2013 16:04

    Legendary….
    Cross national border fight against the potentially lethal, Muppet Factor…
    Well done to Dr. D

  4. Tina on April 9th, 2013 03:05

    I’m a huge fan of FOAM as well and enjoy every post you and the others share with us.
    I’m from Austria.
    PS: the correct translantion for Own the Resus is Die Reanimation beherrschen or Beherrsche die Reanimation- just saying..

  5. Cliff on April 9th, 2013 06:34

    Liebe Tina
    Vielen Dank für die Berichtigung!
    Cliff