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   Australian Resuscitation Council
February 2005                                                    Vol 29, No. 1


       ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR                         SPARK OF LIFE CONFERENCE 2005
         VIC CALLANAN AM                                     “UPDATE”

                                                   Well the conference is almost here!  Plans are
                                                   going well and the registrations are rolling in.
                                                   Don’t leave your registration until the last
                                                   minute……register now!

                                                   If  you are planning to attend one of the
                                                   workshops on Thursday 14th April, the following
                                                   information may be helpful.

                                                   Workshop No 2 pm session – no vacancies
Members       of the Australian Resuscitation      Workshop No 3 all day – no vacancies
Council extend sincere congratulations to
Associate Professor Vic Callanan on being          There are still limited spots available for the
awarded an AM (Member of the Order of              morning and afternoon sessions of Workshop
Australia) at the recent Australia Day honours     No 1 and the morning session of Workshop No
for his contribution to medicine. Professor        2.
Callanan has been the Australian & New
Zealand        College    of       Anaesthetists
                                                   Please see page 4 of this Newsletter for
representative on the ARC for 15+ years and
was National Chairman from 1993-2000.                 an updated conference program.

                                                              See you in Adelaide!

ARC Newsletter Vol. 29 No. 1                                                                          2
February 2005
                                                       ACCREDITATION OF ADVANCED
     INTERNATIONAL LIAISON                               LIFE SUPPORT COURSES
    (ILCOR) CONSENSUS 2005                          At its most recent meeting the ARC approved
                                                    “in concept” the accreditation of Advanced Life
As readers of the newsletter may be aware,          Support courses in Australia. While the specific
the ARC has been actively engaged in the            details of the accreditation process and criteria
ILCOR Consensus on Resuscitation Science            for assessment have yet to be finalised, it will
process. This activity commenced almost three       allow providers of ALS courses to seek
years ago involving all the ILCOR member            endorsement from the ARC for their courses.
organisations with the aim of developing an         In addition, the ARC has also agreed to
evidence based international consensus              administer and co-badge the Resuscitation
document on the resuscitation science and           Council (United Kingdom) advanced life
treatment recommendations. This would then          support courses. We are also seeking to co-
be used by the resuscitation councils to            badge the Paediatric Advanced Life Support
develop their guidelines. The consensus on          Course (PALS) currently being run in Australia.
resuscitation science document will be              Council believes this to be an important
published in late November 2005.                    initiative in promoting ALS training within
                                                    Australia. The ARC will be outlining further
The    foundations of this process were the
                                                    details at the Spark of Life Conference in April.
evidence based reviews that were completed
for numerous topics relating to basic,
advanced, paediatric and neonatal life support
as well as interdisciplinary topics. In addition
reviews were also undertaken in acute
                                                      An Advanced Health Care Directive
coronary syndromes, stroke and first aid. A
total over 400 evidence based worksheets were
completed. Of these 44 were completed under         Should I have my cardiac arrest while going
the auspices of the Australian Resuscitation        about my duties in the Intensive Care Unit -
Council by either council members or topic          immediate defibrillation please!! And maybe a
experts from around Australia. In addition,         whiff of oxygen.[If I don't survive, I will be quite
Australia also had major roles in providing         surprised]. Should I arrest in the hospital dining
worksheet experts and taskforce chairs. This is     room, forgo the mouth-to-mouth [I am
an outstanding effort and the ARC gratefully        squeamish about these things]. I may
acknowledges the voluntary contributions made       (grudgingly) accept some chest compressions
by these individuals. There is no doubt that the    until the defibrillator arrives. But if you have not
ARC has made a significant contribution to this     got me back after three shocks - call off the
exciting international effort. A detailed outline   circus. Go back and finish your lunch. If I
of the ILCOR C2005 process will be presented        arrest in the street you will do what you will.
at the Spark of Life Conference in Adelaide.        But I won't be happy. I doubt you will be able
                                                    to get a defibrillator to me quickly enough. If I
                                                    arrest at home I know it will be difficult for you
                                                    to do nothing. But it will be 15 minutes before
     Australian Resuscitation Council
                                                    the ambulance arrives. And to end up brain
C/- Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
                                                    damaged on a ventilator is something I do not
               Spring Street
                                                    want. [But if you are clever enough to call the
          MELBOURNE VIC 3000
                                                    ambulance so that I arrest after it arrives, by all
            Tel: (03) 9249 1214
                                                    means use the defibrillator.] When I am in bed
            Fax: (03) 9249 1216
                                                    in a hospital ward "old and grey and full of
     Email: carol.carey@surgeons.org
                                                    sleep", do not use your hands to commit
        Website: www.resus.org.au
                                                    violence upon me - use them to comfort me.

ARC Newsletter Vol. 29 No. 1                                                                      3
February 2005

NEW AND/OR UPDATED GUIDELINES                                  UPCOMING EVENTS
     Which accompany this Newsletter.
                                                       2005 Australian College of Ambulance
Yellow Border                                        Professionals (ACAP) National Conference
Contents             Pages 1 & 3                                  Call for Papers
                                                                 13-15 October 2005
  Please retain pages 2, 4 & 5 as                       National Convention Centre, Canberra
   they have not been changed.
                                                            “Something for Everyone”
Blue Border
Guideline 8.7        Resuscitation     of    the     The       Conference will bring together
                     Drowning Victim                 practitioners in pre-hospital and emergency
Guideline 8.9.1      Envenomation – Pressure         care at all levels of practice and from
                     Immobilisation Technique        government and non-government spheres. It
Guideline 8.9.6      Envenomation – Jellyfish        aims to showcase the latest research,
                     Stings                          technology and thinking in emergency health
                                                     from Australia and around the world. We
  DRAFT GUIDELINES CURRENTLY                         anticipate over 300 delegates from Australia,
         UNDER REVIEW                                the Pacific and South-East Asia will attend.

The following Guidelines have been issued to         The Conference will be held in conjunction with
member organisations and State Branches, as          the 50th anniversary of the ACT Ambulance
drafts, for consideration at the next meeting of     Service. The theme of the conference is
Council.                                             “Something for Everyone”.      Among the
Guideline 3.3       Positioning an Unconscious
                                                     speakers who have accepted our invitation to
                    Victim                           speak are Dr Bryan Bledsoe, Associate
New Guideline       Using an Automated External      Professor of Emergency Medicine (Adjunct) at
                    Defibrillator (AED)              The George Washington University Medical
Guideline 12.6      Management of Specific           Center, and Dr Matthew Cooke, Emergency
                    Arrhythmias in Paediatric ALS    Medicine Advisor to the UK Government
Guideline 12.7      Techniques in Paediatric ALS     Department of Health.
Guideline 12.8      Medications & Fluids in
                    Paediatric ALS                   CALL FOR PAPERS
Guideline 12.10     Checking the Brachial Pulse in
                                                     Submissions must be submitted with the
Guidelines 13.1-13.10 (New) Neonatal Guidelines      official cover page. Submissions should not
                                                     exceed 500 words and must be in MS Word
                                                     format. Submissions may be printed in a
                                                     conference magazine, at the discretion of the
                                                     conference organising committee.         The
                                                     committee will consider all submissions
                                                     received before 15 March 2005.

                                                     Send your submission to:
                                                      conference2005@acap.org.au including in the
                                                     subject line the words “ACAP 2005
                                                     Submission”. Alternatively, you may post your
                                                     submission to:
                    NEWSLETTER EDITOR                           ACAP 2005 Submission
                      MRS CAROL CAREY                                PO Box 1284
                                                                    Woden ACT 2606
ARC Newsletter Vol. 29 No. 1                                                                                                4
February 2005
                                 2005 SOL CONFERENCE PROGRAM - “FOUNDATIONS”
FRIDAY 15th April 2005
                                             Chair: A/Prof Vic Callanan
0830–1030         Opening                    Welcome A/Prof Ian Jacobs
                  Plenary I                  Ian Mackie Memorial Lecture – Dr John Williamson
                  Plenary II                 A/Prof Ian Jacobs & Dr Peter Morley - “International Consensus on Science”
1030-1100         Morning tea
                                             Chair: Mr Tony Walker
1100-1230         Plenary III                Dr Frank Archer – Community-based resuscitation: A public health perspective
                  Plenary IV                 Dr Vinay Nadkarni – In hospital resuscitation and Outcomes

1230-1400         Lunch
1300-1400                                    Poster Presentations

1400-1530         Free Paper Sessions        Chairpersons
                                             Glenn Peddey/Hugh Grantham/Frank Bridgewater
1530-1600         Afternoon tea
                                             Chair: Mrs Binky Henderson
1600-1630         Plenary V                  Dr Tony Handley – Education in resuscitation – Can we improve CPR training?
1630-1700         Plenary VI                 Dr Pierre Carli – Out of hospital resuscitation and Outcomes

1700              Close
1930              Conference Dinner          Master of Ceremonies: A/Prof Ian Jacobs
                                             After Dinner Speaker – Dr Tony Handley
                                             “The Antidote to Evidenced Based Resuscitation”
SATURDAY 16th April 2005
                                              Chair: A/Prof Jim Tibballs
0900-1030         Concurrent I                Poisons, toxins and the defence force
                                             •     Dr Andrew Pearce – defence resus
                                             •     A/Prof Julian White – Controversies of Spider & Snake Bites
                                             •     Dr Ken Winkel – Epidemiology of Envenomations
                                             Chair: Ms Natalie Ashcroft
                   Concurrent II              In hospital resuscitation
                                             •     Dr Judith Finn – Quality of life outcomes in survivors of cardiac arrest
                                             •     Dr Michael Parr - Redefining resuscitation: Medical Emergency Teams (MET)
                                                   and 21st century critical care
                                             •     Dr Brendan Flanigan – Educating Doctors & Nurses using Simulation
                                             Chair: Mr John Hall
                  Concurrent III              Early defibrillation
                                             •     A/Prof Ian Jacobs - PAD
                                             •     Dr Peter Morley - Waveforms
                                             •     A/Prof Jeff Wassertheil - Education
1030-1100         Morning tea

1100-1230         Free Paper Sessions        Chairpersons
                                             Ms Pip Mason/ Dr David Scott/Mr Steven Johnson
1230-1400         Lunch
                                             Chair: Dr Bill Griggs
1400-1530         Concurrent IV               ALS/Prehospital
                                             •    Dr Pierre Carli – What’s new in ALS
                                             •    Dr Frank Archer – Education in pre-hospital ALS – a thematic approach
                                             •    Dr Hugh Grantham - Evidence based medicine in the field
                                             Chair: Mrs Ella Tyler
                  Concurrent V                BLS/Interdisciplinary
                                             •    Dr Tony Handley – Just keep pushing
                                             •    Ms Jennifer Dennett – Who wants to do CPR?
                                             •    Mr Franklin Bridgewater – Is performing CPR dangerous?
                                             Chair: Prof John Pearn
                  Concurrent VI               Paediatric
                                             •    Dr Vinay Nadkarni – Newly born vs paediatric vs adults - the differences
                                             •    A/Prof Jim Tibballs – Paediatric MET
                                             •    Prof Colin Morley or Dr Colm O’Donnell – The new neonatal guidelines or
                                                  Neonatal Resuscitation
1530-1600         Afternoon tea
                                             Chair: Mr Rob Elliot
                  Plenary VII                The great debate     - Dr Malcolm Anderson

1650-1700                                    Closing remarks


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