Believe it or not, the Emergency Department does not live to make blood bankers nervous! In fact, they have the same goal as we do: Save as many lives as possible. Dr. Scott Weingart from EMCrit.org joins us for a frank discussion on how our two areas interact.
“Trauma alert! Emergency Department! Three minutes!”
Those of us familiar with life in a hospital transfusion service know all too well the surge of energy and activity that accompanies words such as those above (or whatever variant is used in your particular hospital). Trauma cases are just one of the many interactions between blood banks and emergency departments that can, if we are not careful, lead to major conflicts and negative interactions. However, it does NOT have to be that way!
This episode of the Blood Bank Guy Essentials Podcast is an interview with a world-renowned Emergency-Critical Care physician. Dr. Scott Weingart is the host of the most popular medical podcast in the world, the “EMCrit Podcast,” and he blogs and interacts through his excellent website, EMCrit.org. Scott, a master educator, is passionate about caring for patients in dire situations as aggressively as possible, including the appropriate use of blood products. Scott and I connected recently to talk about a wide array of topics, including trauma, intracranial hemorrhages, and blood refrigerators in the ED! All of that is essential, but one other thing: Scott and I believe that with just a little bit of extra effort from both sides, our interactions with the Emergency Department not only don’t have to be negative, but in fact can be really positive! Enjoy the episode, and don’t forget to leave your comments below!
DON’T MISS THIS: In addition to the above BBGuy Essentials episode, I was honored to join Scott for an episode of his hugely popular EMCrit Podcast! I outlined some essential blood banking facts with Scott and his listeners. I think you will enjoy hearing it! Click here for the EMCRIT Podcast, Episode 202.
Scott Weingart, MD, is an ED Intensivist from New York. He went to medical school and did emergency medicine residency at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He did fellowships in Trauma, Surgical Critical Care, and ECMO. He is best known for talking to himself about Resuscitation and Critical Care on a podcast called EMCrit, which has been downloaded over 20 million times and is, as far as we can tell, the most popular medical podcast in the world.
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Featured image credit: Mike Beck (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikegyver8), courtesy Dr. Scott Weingart.
DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed on this episode are those of my guest and I alone, and do not reflect those of the organizations with which either of us is affiliated. Neither Dr. Weingart nor I have any relevant financial disclosures.
Some of Scott’s EMCrit Podcasts on Transfusion Issues:
- EMCrit Podcast 197: Logistics of Massive Transfusion;
Highly recommend that you check this one out for more details on the incredible rapid infusion process for the blood we send to the ED.
- EMCrit Podcast 144: The PROPPR Trial with John Holcomb; Hear a discussion with the lead author of the largest study done to date on the “1:1:1” ratio of transfused products that has become standard of care in trauma resuscitation.
- EMCrit Podcast 71: Critical Questions on Massive Transfusion Protocols with Kenji Inaba; Lots of discussion on issues surrounding massive transfusion (recorded prior to the release of the PROPPR trial).