Fortnight of SMACC Talks: December 1st – 15th

As many of you know, there is a close relationship between the SMACC conference and Injectable Orange. Each fortnight we will be sharing a few of our favourite talks from the 2016 SMACC Dublin Conference as they are released via podcast or vodcast. Every past talk from the previous SMACC conferences are available via the SMACC website. For those of you who haven’t experienced SMACC, we hope these serve as the wardrobe door to your educational Narnia.

05/12/16 – Things that scare me

Speaker: Ross Fisher
Meta-description: In our professional and private lives there are things that scare us, how we manage that fear defines us.


THINGS THAT SCARE ME-Ross Fisher from Social Media and Critical Care on Vimeo.

06/12/16 – Where is the love in critical care?

Speaker: Liz Crowe
Meta-description: Critical Care is a place where love/passion and commitment must flourish, professional to patient, leaders to teams and colleagues, educator to trainee, skill to humanity- this is how we do it while maintaining our technical skills and our sanity.


WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT–Liz Crowe from Social Media and Critical Care on Vimeo.

07/12/16Disaster Triage: Who gets what?
Speaker: Sara Gray
Meta-description: What happens in a mass casualty disaster when you run out of beds? Out of ventilators? Out of blood? Come discuss how (or whether) we should triage scarce resources during disasters.


Disaster Ethics- Who gets what- -Sara Gray from Social Media and Critical Care on Vimeo.

12/12/16 – The Immediate Responder and the Disaster Gap.
Speaker: Christina H. Hernon, M.D., FACEP
Abstract: After a major formative experience at a life-threatening mass casualty incident (MCI), emergency physician Christina Hernon felt incredibly unprepared despite over 2 decades of training in emergency and first response. Despite every first aid, first responder, and emergency course teaching students to ask, “Is the scene safe?” and instructing them not to enter an unsafe scene, all of this training is completely inadequate for those present the very moment an incident occurs, who are then amidst and surrounded by an unsecured and potentially unsafe scene. Afterwards, she had an acute stress reaction exactly like after rough calls in prehospital Emergency Medical Services, yet was offered none of the typical supports offered to first responder agencies or hospital personnel. Feeling somehow betrayed, but unsure what to be mad at, she tried to understand why she felt so unprepared and overlooked. In deconstructing and reflecting on the experience, she self-identified neither as bystander nor first responder, but as an on scene, immediately responding, victimized rescuer. Realizing that she didn’t fit into any already existing category, she uncovered a new group of rescuers and an undefined time period that we need to give attention to. The Disaster Gap is the time between the moment an incident occurs, through the first call for help, and until the first of the clearheaded First Responders arrives. In this definable time gap, the only available rescuers are people who are on scene when the event happens, who may be traumatized by their experience themselves, and who, regardless of tools or training, take immediate action to help another person or make the situation better. These Immediate Responders are present at virtually every scene and have been for all of time, yet we know very little about them, their actions, their safety, their impact, and their recovery. By trying to understand the Disaster Gap and Immediate Responders, we can improve training, preparedness, resilience, and recovery.


The Impromptu Immediate Responder- Christina Hernon from Social Media and Critical Care on Vimeo.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the SMACC Podcast – via iTunes or your preferred podcast app. Also remember there is a third and final small release of tickets for DASsmacc Berlin on the 1st Feb 2017.

Thanks for the Craic, Now For DAS SMACC


If you are a nurse working in any spectrum of the care pathway for the critically ill patient, SMACC is the conference for you. If you have just woken from a coma or stumbled into the world of the interwebs, below is a brief history and taste of things to come. For the seasoned SMACCers, you will notice a radically overhauled and ultra vibrant new website –

This is a truly open conference – nobody is too “special” for a coffee line conversation. What’s more two of our editorial team (Ashley and Jesse) are proud members of the Organising Committee (of which three members are Nurses!). There are few professional development activities that make you want to go back to work and lift up those around you, start a blog or podcast or just present, teach or mentor better. In a time where much of the popular online presence for nursing is tangled up with materialism and commercial self-interest we need to step up, show ourselves as professional role models interested in evidence and research and political discourse. We need to tear down walls, form communities of practice and expand our peer group far beyond the people we work with on a day-to-day basis.


On September 3rd, the SMACC Team premiered the SMACC DUB Documentary. This 8 minute video gives a great insight into what make SMACC special – the people, the connections, the knowledge and the show!

SMACCDUB – The Craic Redux from Social Media and Critical Care on Vimeo.


The program and registration details for DAS SMACC will be coming very soon. Keep up to date by following @smaccteam on Twitter or like the SMACC Conference Facebook page. If you are new to Twitter or just considering dipping a toe in, check out this guide to get you Tweeting like a pro in no time. Join the conversation!

smaccRUN Dublin


Important: please complete run disclaimer and expression of interest form here

Day: Sunday

Date: 12th June 2016

Time: 14:00

Distance: 5.2K

Meeting Point: Convention Centre Dublin

Route Map:

SMACCRun Route

Route Details:

(adapted from this site) NOTE: different start/finish points!


Just in front of Dublin Convention Centre is the sleek new car bridge, the Samuel Beckett Bridge. Cross it to get to the south side of the Liffey, and continue running eastwards from there.

 Beckett Bridge
Samuel Beckett Bridge to Grand Canal Quay

Pass the Ferryman pub and hotel and run along Sir John Rogerson’s Quay till the road ends, where you turn right on Benson Street.

 Rogerson's Quay
Rowers along Sir John Rogerson’s Quay

In 2 blocks you’ll hit the Grand Canal Quay basin, where you turn right. Don’t forget to heed the warning sign!

Don’t forget to turn right at the water!

Now you run towards that huge new glass building with the red sticks growing out front: the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Grand Canal Square.

 Energy Theatre
The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Continue past the theatre, along its right side, till the street ends at Cardiff Lane, where you turn right and run the two blocks to the river. Here, near the Ferryman again, turn left on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay and run the whole way back along the riverside to the Ha’penny Bridge.

 Ha'Penny bridge
The Ha’penny Bridge

You’re going to need to cross the spiritual heart of Dublin, at the old Ha’penny footbridge at Temple Bar. Standing on the bridge, with Temple Bar to your right, you can look over the whole route.

The new boardwalk along the Liffey

So, cross the bridge and turn right to run along the new wooden boardwalk over the river. The boardwalk goes all the way to the Custom House.

 Custom House
The Custom House

At the imposing, classical Custom House, the boardwalk ends, so cross the street to continue along the pavement. In just a block past the Custom House, you’ll run over an old iron draw-bridge. Immediately after the bridge, turn left to run north into the big open square surrounding the Custom House Quay.

 Custom house quay
Custom House Quay

You’ll run right through a stone archway. On the other side of the quay, cross Mayor Street with its modern tram line (Luas Red Line). You’ll see the Harbour House restaurant on the left, with the glass-room on the waterside. Continue running north past the restaurant along the other side of the canal leading to the next basin in just a hundred meters.

 Custom House Harbour
In Custom House Harbour

Turn right here, between new Custom House Harbour apartment buildings, and run along the basins until the path ends. You take the steps going down to the right, on Commons street. Run right back to the riverside, where you turn left to continue running along the water.

The Jeannie Johnston

A tall ship, the Jeannie Johnston, is anchored here, serving as a museum for the great emigration wave that resulted from the potato famine in 1845. Just behind you is the sleek new pedestrian bridge, the Sean O’Casey Bridge. Continue with the Jeannie Johnston on your right and you’ll soon see the Convention Centre Dublin up ahead on your left – hurrah!


We look forward to joining you all for a hot lap of the Dublin Quays. Make sure to follow @smaccRUN for updates and use #smaccRUN to organise runs during the week with your fellow SMACCDUB attendees.

Remember, IT’S NOT A RACE.

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Cheers, Jesse and Natalie

SMACC Dublin Registration & A Call To FOAM


Follow this link for all the details about how to register for the best Critical Care Conference in the World

The countdown has begun: #smaccDUB registration opens next week! At last the final countdown has begun with less than 7 days to go until registration opens for SMACC Dublin. Registration will open on Wednesday, 28 October at 0900 Sydney AEST. Given the multitude of different time zones, the best way to be  sure you don’t miss out is to synchronise your alarms with the countdown timer on the SMACC website
Information on the program, workshops, accommodation options, smacchendise, affiliated pre-SMACC meetings, the SMACC Kids club and registration pricing is all available now on the website – so check it out and be ready!

download-brochure-buttonDownload, print and share the Registration Brochure with your less technically engaged colleagues.

Although not a SMACC Talk, I think this brilliant call to action from my friend Dr Daniel Cabrera @cabreraERDR captures the spirit and community of FOAM and SMACC. Tear down the walls and share knowledge.