Survey – Stop Before You Block

(Posted on behalf of Paul Slocombe)

Hello Gold Coast Anaesthetists!

My name is Paul Slocombe and I am an Anaesthetic Trainee at GCUH and I would appreciate your help in the form of a quick 5 minute survey.

The purpose of the survey is to gauge opinion amongst all anaesthetists on the Gold Coast (Public and Private) about their experiences with blocks and particularly wrong-sided blocks.

In recent times the UK has adopted a quick simple safety checklist prior to unilateral blocks titled “Stop Before You Block” aimed at preventing wrong-sided blocks. This process is to be introduced at GCUH in a little over a month, but we would greatly appreciate your opinion to guide its introduction.

The survey can be reached via this link (anaesthetists / trainees only):

I will be presenting the findings of the survey as part of an educational program during the roll out of the campaign (similar to what was undertaken in the UK). Uptake of the checklist will be audited as part of a formal project that will go toward part of my ANZCA training. I realise your time is valuable and I appreciate your input.

Thank you very much!

Clinical Meeting Friday 12th September

(Posted on behalf of Peter McLaren)

Our meeting next week will be an M&M meeting involving the presentation of the clinical indicators from both hospitals and any ‘interesting’ cases that may have a message to all of us. Note the good points that pertain to attendance and presentation! Unfortunately, (at least for me), I will be attending a course and Adrian Skidmore will be chairing the meeting.

The sponsor for the meeting is Verena Griesel from Midmed, a producer of innovative consumer items for the anaesthetic environment.

Same format: 5.30 for 6, Boardroom, first floor, Pindara Professional Centre, 8 Carrara St, Benowa, opposite the laneway to Pindy Day, food and drink supplied, please RSVP for catering purposes.


Peter McLaren