Hot Debriefing after Major Trauma

Debriefing after trauma is an important quality improvement process that allows the team as a whole to reflect on their performance after a high stakes clinical scenario. Dr Luke Phillips, an Emergency Physician at The Alfred Hospital talks to us about the principles of debriefing after a major trauma with a focus on “Hot Debriefing”.  Current at time of publication 05/03/2020.

Obstetric Major Trauma

The obstetric trauma patient presents as a complex scenario for all clinicians. We often get distracted by the unborn child, but foetal survival depends on effective maternal resuscitation. With the use of case studies, Dr Emma West – Consultant Emergency Physician at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, talks us through the initial assessment and management priorities of the pregnant major trauma patient. Current at date of publication 5/03/2020.

Paediatric Major Trauma

Children are vulnerable to injury for a variety of reasons and trauma continues to be their leading cause of morbidity and mortality. Dr Claire Wilkin, Consultant Paediatric Emergency Physician joins us to talk through the challenges of managing a paediatric trauma patient and shares her experience, tips and tricks to assist clinicians the next time they care for a paediatric major trauma patient.
Current at date of publication 28/1/2020.


Blunt Abdominal Trauma

Blunt abdominal trauma makes up a significant proportion of traumatic injuries in Australia. Dr Joseph Matthew, from The Alfred Hospital helps us to gain a better understanding of blunt force mechanisms & the impact of a shift to more conservative management approaches has seen on trauma outcomes.
Current at date of publication 29/1/2020.

Fluid Resuscitation in Major Trauma

This episode will get you thinking about intravenous fluid choices for when you are next managing a hypovolaemic trauma patient. Dr. John Dyett, an Intensive Care Specialist at Eastern Health & Retrieval Consultant at Adult Retrieval Victoria discusses the key principles of fluid resuscitation in the severely hypovolemic Major Trauma patient. John explains the aims for haemostatic resuscitation, rationales for blood product administration and how to prevent or modify the effects of the lethal triad. Current at date of publication 15/11/2019.

Interventional Radiology in Major Trauma

Lifesaving pin hole surgery! Why, when, where, how, and who?

Dr Gerard Goh, Interventional Radiologist at Alfred Health, explains the role of Interventional radiology, a minimally invasive technique in the management of life threatening injuries in Major Trauma.
Current at date of publication 30/10/2019.

The Role of Ultrasound in Trauma

The role of ultrasound has evolved over the past 30 years and now plays an important role in trauma care, both diagnostically & procedurally. In this episode Dr. Amaali Lokuge an Emergency Physician at the Royal Melbourne Hospital & Clinical Lead for Ultrasound talks us through how ultrasound has become an extension of her clinical practice with the rapid assessment and diagnosis of traumatic injuries. Current at date of publication; 13/08/2019. 

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Trauma Handover

The exchange of clinical information is critical in reducing risk and prioritising care for the trauma patient. Dr Helen Stergiou an Emergency & Trauma Physician from Alfred Health explains why it is important to be prepared & use a structured approach to handover the clinical information & accountability across the patients care pathway. Current at date of publication; 06/08/2019.

VSTORM and Trauma System Performance

Victorian State Trauma Outcomes Registry Monitoring Group (VSTORM) is a fundamental element of the Victorian State Trauma System. Dr Ben Beck the Deputy Head of Prehospital, Emergency & Trauma Research at Monash University joins us to explain VSTORM’s role in monitoring system performance, informing service provision & development with an aim to reduce preventable deaths and permanent disability from major trauma. Current at date of publication; 05/08/2019. 

Understanding the Victorian Adult Burns Service

Yvonne Singer the Victorian Burns Program Coordinator has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to managing burns. In this episode Yvonne talks us through how current burns literature is guiding best practice, giving valuable tips to clinicians for assessing & managing major burns, and gives us an inside perspective of the Victorian Adults Burns Service, at the Alfred. Current at date of publication; 22/7/2019.