C & C Apr 2018 – Accidental Hypothermia

Winter (OK make it autumn) is fast approaching and we have something exciting and timely for you at our next C & C on the 13th/Apr.

Dr Malin Zachau is a passionate researcher/educator and kindly offered her latest poster presentation which she is also presenting at NZ Resuscitation Council conference.

Malin will talk about the analysis of coronial data of Accidental Hypothermia in NZ as well as changes called for NZ to be managing  accidental hypothermia in line with current best evidence.
She will also run through the ICAR (International Commission for Avalanche Rescue) avalanche patient  rescue algorithm and introduce the HOPE score which is hot off the press.

HOPE Score http://www.resuscitationjournal.com/article/S0300-9572(18)30094-7/fulltext

We will also have time to discuss interesting cases that your colleagues have been to recently.

So pencil the date 13/Apr/18 (1300~1600hrs).
We look forward to seeing you!

Interesting read include;

Durrer, B., Brugger, H., & Syme, D. (2003). The medical on-site treatment of hypothermia: ICAR-MEDCOM recommendation. High Altitude Medicine & Biology, 4(1), 99–103. https://doi.org/10.1089/152702903321489031

Gordon, L., Paal, P., Ellerton, J. A., Brugger, H., Peek, G. J., & Zafren, K. (n.d.). Delayed and intermittent CPR for severe accidental hypothermia. Resuscitation, 90, 46–49. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resuscitation.2015.02.017

Paal, P., Gordon, L., Strapazzon, G., Brodmann Maeder, M., Putzer, G., Walpoth, B., … Brugger, H. (2016). Accidental hypothermia-an update : The content of this review is endorsed by the  International Commission for Mountain Emergency Medicine (ICAR MEDCOM). Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine, 24(1), 111. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13049-016-0303-7

Zafren, K., Giesbrecht, G. G., Danzl, D. F., Brugger, H., Sagalyn, E. B., Walpoth, B., … Grissom, C. K. (n.d.). Wilderness Medical Society Practice Guidelines for the Out-of-Hospital Evaluation and Treatment of Accidental Hypothermia. Wilderness & Environmental Medicine, 25(4), 425–445. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wem.2014.09.002


Dr Malin  Zachau has a 25 year career in emergency, prehospital and general practice behind her. Due to a rare muscle channelopathy that means sometimes she is unable to walk, talk or think she has been unable to practice since 2010.
Instead of being beaten by this condition, she enjoys research and shares her knowledge by updating aspects of Outdoor Pre Hospital Emergency Care courses in New Zealand through volunteering.
– ran an avalanche patient rescue workshop at NZ Mountain Safety council SHAC 2017 conference 
-facilitated and took part in a NZRA webinar on PTSD in Outdoor recreation staff 
-presented at PAIC2016 “How do NZ outdoor instructors manage death of adventure activity participants?” 
– has recently attended the  critical care conference in Zermatt “Big Sick18”  by invitation due to her  keen interest in the management of accidental hypothermia 
-is a non-hunting member of the  Mountain Safety Council  “Alpine Hunter Falls Prevention issue specific advisory group” 

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