Punk Rock, Top Gun and the Resus Room

Deniz Tek and his engaging talk ‘Punk Rock, Top Gun and the Resus Room’, a talk he is uniquely qualified to give.

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:

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Posted by Dr Chris Nickson

An oslerphile emergency physician and intensivist suffering from a bad case of knowledge dipsosis. Key areas of interest include: the ED-ICU interface, toxicology, simulation and the free open-access meducation (FOAM) revolution. @Twitter | + Chris Nickson | INTENSIVE| SMACC

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