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Episode 10: Imogen Mitchell - An intensivist and Dean of Medicine focused on communication and clinical decision-making

Mastering Intensive Care

Release Date: 07/11/2017

Episode 69: Emma Ridley - Advocacy, communication and leadership as an ICU dietitian show art Episode 69: Emma Ridley - Advocacy, communication and leadership as an ICU dietitian

Mastering Intensive Care

Dietitian and nutrition researcher Dr Emma Ridley provides wise insights on ICU team work, bedside presence, advocacy, communication, research, leadership, mentorship, sponsorship, being the parent of a child in the NICU, and fitting everything in.

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Episode 68: David Tuxen - Making life and work fun (including ward rounds) show art Episode 68: David Tuxen - Making life and work fun (including ward rounds)

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Intensivist David Tuxen, an Australian ICU pioneer, talks on topics including making life & work fun (even ward rounds), the value of thorough physical examination, building rapport and communicating well, and the potential toll of work on family life.

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Episode 67: Rupert Pearse - Responding to the stress and the strain of COVID-19 in the UK show art Episode 67: Rupert Pearse - Responding to the stress and the strain of COVID-19 in the UK

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UK intensivist Rupert Pearse reflects on the Royal London Hospital’s response to the second wave of COVID-19. He discusses the ICU expansion, the stress on nursing staff, the value of culture and delivering public health messages through the media.

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Episode 66: Todd Rice - Learning and teaching how to “not just do something, stand there” show art Episode 66: Todd Rice - Learning and teaching how to “not just do something, stand there”

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US intensivist & physician scientist Todd Rice talks about the principle of not just doing something, the balance between confidence & competence, the value of transparency, his ICU’s Learning Health System, and the effects of COVID-19 on he & his team.

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Episode 65: Five valuable lessons COVID-19 taught Intensive Care in 2020 show art Episode 65: Five valuable lessons COVID-19 taught Intensive Care in 2020

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Host Andrew Davies takes you through 5 important lessons he feels the Intensive Care community was taught by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020; lessons about human aspects of Intensive Care, not simply the drugs and devices we use.

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Episode 64: Roger Harris & Oliver Flower - The innovative educationalists behind SMACC and CODA show art Episode 64: Roger Harris & Oliver Flower - The innovative educationalists behind SMACC and CODA

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Intensivists Roger Harris & Oli Flower describe the culture in their Sydney ICU, tell the story of SMACC, and explain how their Coda educational initiative can use the power of the healthcare community to achieve big things for humanity and the planet.

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Episode 63: Naomi Pratt - A nurse practitioner’s personal and debilitating experience of long COVID show art Episode 63: Naomi Pratt - A nurse practitioner’s personal and debilitating experience of long COVID

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Nurse practitioner Naomi Pratt speaks of her co-leadership role in the Critical Care Liaison Nurse service at Peninsula Health; and her lived experience of developing COVID-19 from exposure at work and how it has endured as long COVID.

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Episode 62: Steve Philpot - Communication, tribalism, shared decision making and the value of knowing you already know enough show art Episode 62: Steve Philpot - Communication, tribalism, shared decision making and the value of knowing you already know enough

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Melbourne Intensivist Dr Steve Philpot, from Cabrini ICU, insightfully discusses topics like the value of being calm & collaborative, positive feedback, tribalism, relationship building, communication, shared decision making & how much knowledge you need.

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Episode 61: A tribute to the global Intensive Care community for your COVID-19 efforts show art Episode 61: A tribute to the global Intensive Care community for your COVID-19 efforts

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Host Andrew Davies expresses his gratitude for the outstanding and compassionate care delivered by ICU professionals across the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, a roller coaster period of gruelling and exhausting work that is sadly far from over.

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Episode 60: Firsthand COVID-19 patient experience from New York ICU nurse Simone Hannah-Clark show art Episode 60: Firsthand COVID-19 patient experience from New York ICU nurse Simone Hannah-Clark

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Simone Hannah-Clark, a critical care nurse in New York City, gives her firsthand experience of the overwhelming COVID-19 situation in her ICU, recounting tales of hard work, extreme professionalism, inspiring camaraderie and devastating heartbreak.

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Do you seek the relative at the bedside’s help by asking them their opinion on whether their loved one is getting better or not? Do you even have families at the bedside on your ward round? Do you listen as much as you can in your end of life discussions?

Professor Imogen Mitchell, a senior intensivist and Dean of Medicine from Canberra, Australia, sees talking to our patient’s families as one of the privileges of working in intensive care. She is a huge supporter of having families at the bedside for the clinical ward rounds and is a passionate believer in exposing our own vulnerability in family meetings, particularly by listening to the patient and their family’s stories first. Imogen has also consistently placed communication with the multi-disciplinary intensive care team at the forefront of great clinical care.

Now as one of the senior women in Australasian Intensive Care, Imogen is also passionate about the gender inequity in intensive care training and also in consultant intensivist positions. She has felt the frustration of being a woman in intensive care when she has noticed behaviours that in retrospect she has wondered whether men would ever have been subjected to. Imogen also struggled to find the perfect mentor earlier in her career, perhaps because of the scarcity of female intensivists at the time. She now wants to make sure young female medical students and intensivists come to understand that intensive care can be an excellent career for both genders.

Imogen is thoughtful, intelligent, compassionate and considerate. She has been a leader for most of her career, making her the ideal person to give us advice on leadership, communication, decision-making, the training of young doctors, and debriefing to manage stress. In this interview, Imogen starts with how she came to fancy intensive care over her initial desire to be a histopathologist, and ends with some great “life” tips for less experienced clinicians.

This podcast was created to help and inspire intensive care clinicians to improve the care we give to our patients by providing interesting and thought-provoking conversations with highly respected and experienced clinicians. In each episode, Andrew Davies, an intensivist from Frankston Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, speaks with a guest for the purpose of hearing their perspectives on the habits and behaviours that they believe are the most important for improving the outcomes of our patients. Things like bringing our best selves to work each day, optimal communication, coping with stress and preventing burn out, working well in a team, and interacting with patient’s families and the many other health professionals we deal with on a daily basis. The podcast is less about the drugs, devices and procedures that can be administered and more about the habits, behaviours and philosophies that can help intensive care clinicians to master the craft of intensive care.

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