Punk Rock, Top Gun and the Resus Room

I recently wrote about the amazing career of Deniz Tek in Top Gun and Punk Rock in the ER. So it was a real thrill when I contacted Deniz and he agreed to present at smaccGOLD.

Deniz gave an engaging talk titled ‘Punk Rock, Top Gun and the Resus Room‘, one that he is uniquely qualified to give. He talked about the parallels between combat aviation complexity and care of the critically ill.

Deniz highlighted the importance of checklists (not just for the routine, but even more so for emergencies), communication, teamwork and being prepared to do what is necessary, when it is necessary. Indeed, a recurring theme at smaccGOLD was that it is, paradoxically, the ‘unsexy’ stuff that matters.

Here is the audio (download mp3):


Deniz also inspired this creative description of the smaccGOLD conference itself by Jesse Spur on Injectible Orange:

SMACCGOLD 2014 on the Gold Coast was like punk rock. Subversive, political, honest, rough at the edges and committed to thrashing out the issues that matter. Ironically, on further reflection, the second installation of Social Media and Critical Care Conference struck me as having parallels with one of my favourite speakers of the program, Deniz Tek himself – older and wiser than the Radio Birdman days, more accessible to the mainstream, less likely to punch you for disagreeing, but still able to excite, destroy unfounded dogma and put on a world class show.

Jesse also had this footage of Deniz on stage in the SMACC lounge:

References and links

Chris is an Intensivist and ECMO specialist at the Alfred ICU in Melbourne. He is also the Innovation Lead for the Australian Centre for Health Innovation at Alfred Health and Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University. He is a co-founder of the Australia and New Zealand Clinician Educator Network (ANZCEN) and is the Lead for the ANZCEN Clinician Educator Incubator programme. He is on the Board of Directors for the Intensive Care Foundation and is a First Part Examiner for the College of Intensive Care Medicine. He is an internationally recognised Clinician Educator with a passion for helping clinicians learn and for improving the clinical performance of individuals and collectives.

After finishing his medical degree at the University of Auckland, he continued post-graduate training in New Zealand as well as Australia’s Northern Territory, Perth and Melbourne. He has completed fellowship training in both intensive care medicine and emergency medicine, as well as post-graduate training in biochemistry, clinical toxicology, clinical epidemiology, and health professional education.

He is actively involved in in using translational simulation to improve patient care and the design of processes and systems at Alfred Health. He coordinates the Alfred ICU’s education and simulation programmes and runs the unit’s education website, INTENSIVE.  He created the ‘Critically Ill Airway’ course and teaches on numerous courses around the world. He is one of the founders of the FOAM movement (Free Open-Access Medical education) and is co-creator of litfl.com, the RAGE podcast, the Resuscitology course, and the SMACC conference.

His one great achievement is being the father of two amazing children.

On Twitter, he is @precordialthump.

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