Education Meeting Friday 2nd September

Meeting sponsored by Holly Weir from Seqirus, Australian distributors of Caldolor.

(Posted on behalf of Peter Cook)

Hi all,

I hope everyone is well.

As discussed with Peter McLaren and Hugh Stephens, the September clinical meeting on Friday afternoon 2/9/16 1730 for 1800 at Pindara Hospital Board Room is going to be a combined anaesthesia and intensive care meeting. The first part of the talk will be about non-paediatric anaesthetists and intensivists and their role in paediatric resuscitation – how can we safely resuscitate kids who we may not be accredited to anaesthetise electively? This come from some challenging cases we have had a Tweed Public recently. It is less of an issue in private but could occur in Pindara ED or kids who deteriorate on the paeds ward but it is also an issue that wise and experienced anaesthetists should have vision of and may be able to help address at a political level.

The second part of the talk is on the perioperative management of the septic patient and this will involve a case study not from the Gold Coast. My point here is that non-bleeding patients with severe sepsis should be expeditiously resuscitated, lined and given antibiotics prior to source control in theatre. The operating theatre is not the venue for rapid but titrated therapy preop and these patients should be admitted to intensive care for this prompt treatment. A relevant article is here: 

The title for my talk is:

“Anaesthetists and Challenging Scenarios: Paediatric Resuscitation and Severe Sepsis”

Board Room Pindara


1730 for 1800

You are all welcome. Please RSVP to Peter McLaren for catering.



Healthscope – blood transfusion prescriptions

(Posted on behalf of Julie Hopf, Anaesthetic/PARU Educator Gold Coast Private Hospital)

Healthscope have introduced the attached form for use with blood & blood products ‘Blood and Blood Products Prescription and Transfusion Record’ This is being used across all Healthscope sites. The blood product is prescribed on this form instead of the IV Fluids order form. The form includes the indications, pre-transfusion checks, information on observations, reactions & blood products all in the one place.

Download form here.


Kind Regards,


Education Meeting Friday 12th August

(Posted on behalf of Peter McLaren)

Hi Guys,

Our next meeting is on ‘perioperative antibiotic prophylaxis’. The speaker is Andrew Jones in his role as steward of antibiotic practice at Pindara Hospital.

The sponsor is Riad Silcock from F&P Healthcare who will be demonstrating the Optiflow Thrive for delivering high flow intranasal oxygen, just in case you haven’t seen it at a state or national meeting recently.

The venue is the boardroom of Pindara Hospital, situated within the hospital where the old and new sections join. (If you head in from the main entrance you will run straight into it.)

The format is the same: food and drink from 5.30, industry presentation from 5.45 to 6, talk from 6 to 7, or thereabouts. RSVP for catering purposes.

Please let your surgeons know as it pays to be reading from the same page.


Peter McLaren