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Dr. John Hinds

July 6, 2015

John Hinds was an anaesthetist, an intensivist, a prehospitalist and a motorsport doctor in Northern Ireland. He was also a talented educator, a pragmatist and extremely witty. And John was a friend.

I first met John at the SMACCGold conference, after his "Cases from the races" talk and recorded a podcast with him and Brent May. As with many people at SMACC, I had had conversations online with him before I met him in person. My last contact with John was at this year's SMACC conference, in Chicago, where we chatted, amongst other things, about the Skerries 100 that he was providing medical cover for on his return.

John crashed during a chase lap and died in Beaumont Hospital over the weekend. His loss will be great and is felt by many.

One of John's core interests was leading a campaign to establish a helicopter retrieval service in Northern Ireland as part of a key investment in improving trauma services for its people. A petition has been started to drive this campaign forward in honour of John's efforts. There are a number of fitting tributes to John that have come out since the weekend, but securing this service may be a lasting legacy that mirrors the lives already saved by John and the motorsport rescue team that he worked with.

Dr John Hinds - Rest in peace.

Petition to support John's drive to secure an air ambulance service for Northern Ireland

"Cases from the races" at smaccGOLD

Podcast 7 - Irish road racing and Australian circuits with John Hinds and Brent May

The "Cricolol" Debate

Motorcycling world mourning for 'Flying Doctor' John Hinds: The Belfast Telegraph

EM Crit tribute

LITFL tribute

St Emlyn's tribute


Article review - Concussion

May 8, 2015

Concussion has been a big topic over the past two years or so and it has certainly featured in a couple of posts on this website. There is a lot about it that is still poorly understood.
  • What is the pathophysiology?
  • Does second impact syndrome really exist?
  • Does chronic traumatic encephalopathy really exist?
  • What is the best marker of readiness to return to active competition?
There is a very helpful review article in the Seminars in Neurology journal written by Meeryo, Chloe and Giza, titled "Dia...

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Motorsport Safety Reseach Scholarship

April 23, 2015

Well, this is a bit new. If you are a doctor or engineer in training, are thinking about how to combine this with your interest in motorsport and you have somewhere between nine and eighteen months spare to fill with something a bit different, the FIA are offering a scholarship that you might want to think about.

Here's the deal. The FIA are looking to churn through their existing research and maybe get a few new projects going. So they are offering a scholarship position with the newly establ...

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FIA Institute Medicine in Motorsport Summit 2014

December 17, 2014

Well, I'm back in Sydney after 5 days in Doha, Qatar, attending the FIA Institute's Medicine in Motorsport Summit, which is run parallel to the FIA's Annual General Assembly. The AGA is where the year is reviewed and the technical specifications and regulations for the next year's season are finalised. It finishes off with the prize-giving ceremony for the various championship categories, including Formula One, World Rally Championship and World Endurance Championship.

Similarly, at the biannu...

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FIA Serious Accident Study Group - Singapore October 2014

December 8, 2014
Running targeted workshops has become a bit of a favourite activity of the FIA Institute. This is a good thing, as they have amassed a wealth of information from the variety of motorsport categories that they sanction and there are some very bright and keen people working with them.

At the beginning of the year there was the Extrication Workshop held at the 24 Heures Du Mans circuit. The Serious Accident Study Group was held in October in Singapore and only a few weeks later there was the Pan...

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Check your calendar and pack your suitcase

November 4, 2014
It's been a while since the last post, but there's been no dawdling. I've moved house (Still waiting for the phone company to get the WiFi sorted out so I'm writing this at the local library), been through the WRC Rally Australia event (photos and learning points will be the next post) and been to Singapore for the inaugural FIA Asia-Pacific Serious Accident Study Group (Again, post coming soon).

And it's not over yet. So this post is a quick summary of four upcoming events that I think are w...
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Critical decision making

August 21, 2014
For those of you who don't know him, Dr. Scott Weingart is a New York based emergency and critical care physician. He is a powerhouse of education and training in this specialist area, writing books and articles and speaking at top end conferences and workshops. He is someone I have gotten to know through various contacts and consider him a friend.

Scott runs his own site, called EM Crit, which is a fantastic resource, choc full of everything critical care, from procedures to cutting edge conc...

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Cases from the races at SMACC GOLD

August 7, 2014
Back in March I posted a podcast that I recorded at the smaccGOLD conference with Northern Irish anaesthetist and motorbike race doc, John Hinds, and Aussie anaesthetist and motorsport doc, Brent May. The talk that John had been invited to SMACC to give has been released on the other site that I'm involved with, the Intensive Care Network. The pro-con debate between John and Brent on the usefulness or not of cricoid pressure in airway management is also available on the ICN site.

John's "Cases...
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Medical response at Formula 1: Insider

May 21, 2014

For anyone who doesn't already know, Dr Gary Hartstein, the previous FIA Medical Rescue Co-ordinator who rode shotgun with Alan van der Merwe in the Mercedes AMG C63 station wagon at the back of the grid for each F1 start, has moved on from mere tweeting and now writes his own blog, A Former F1 Doc Writes.

More recently, he has started a series of posts on how a medical response to a racing incident is articulated. The posts give an insight into how the process is managed at the very highest l...

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C-spine collar glory days

May 21, 2014

Sorry about this. I had planned to put up a post on the devolving role of the semi-rigid cervical spine collar two weeks ago. However, the more I read about it, the more I wrote and I ended up with a five page document. Waaay too long for a blog post!

So what I'm going to do instead is submit the original piece to a journal as an opinion piece and see if I can get it published. If that happens I'll put up a link to the article. In the meantime, as it may take some time to get through the edito...

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