MJ Slabbert

MJ has a roots in South Africa and is a British trained Anaesthetist and Critical Care Physician with a passion for prehospital care. She is currently the ICU Medical Director of a university affiliated hospital in Northern British Columbia in Canada. MJ is also the regional physician lead for Organ Transplant and the Regional Critical Care medical co-lead for a geographical area the size of France….(slightly less populated than France and arguable with more bears).

 

Guts or Gadgets?… Prayers or Protocol?… Training or Tricks?

Numbers people, give me the NUMBERS! We need CONCRETE data points and percentages…! Go, buy another “ping” machine to deliver the numbers and data points. We need it to be delivered by gadgets, gadgets that go ping and pong…more and more gadgets. Let’s plot it on graphs and write it into a protocol to then be memorised verbatim in training and dutifully regurgitated in medical exams. That makes us excellent clinicians right? Worthy of more numbers and a couple of extra letters behind our names.

Medicine is obsessed with numbers! The glorified science of modern medicine. A fictitious safety net.

What if I told you, your decision-making is far more complex than that? That, how I deal with an emergency also involve guts, prayers and yes, sometimes tricks. Does that make me reckless? A cowboy (girl) or a savant? Or am I just nudged by my unconsciousness. Are you? Whether you like it or not, how you deal with emergencies, how you deal with life is far more complex and “consciously unclear and uncertain” than what quantitative science would like. There is literally way more between heaven and earth than what meets the eye and your unconscious mind is filling in the gaps. So hold on and follow me down the rabbit hole…

 

RESUSCITATION FOR THE RESUSCITATIONIST

Panelist participation in the “Resuscitation for the Resuscitationist” panel session.

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