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Mastering Intensive Care

Apr 4, 2017

In this episode Prof Rinaldo Bellomo from the Austin Hospital in Melbourne, Australia describes how he has always had an enquiring mind and how he judges himself with respect to his ability to be caring, compassionate, competent, communicative and collegial, both professionally and personally. He discusses topics such as: how an experience as a 5th medical student sparked his interest in intensive care medicine; how intensive care has become more safe as technological advancements have occurred; how he seeks feedback from colleagues; how to give feedback and how it needs to be helpful in nature; what his daily routine is; how being at the bedside is so important to excellent clinical care; how experience has helped him deal with stress more easily but makes fatigue a bigger issue; how doing research is the basis of his stress management program; what his out of work pursuits are and how he'd love to have a 30 hour day. He carefully describes the process he uses in his end of life family conversations and astutely points out that end of life care can never be rushed. The interview concludes with Rinaldo's hope that he be known for his continuous desire to ask "how do we know that we know this" at the patient's bedside (which has no doubt fuelled his enormously successful research career) and precisely what he thinks all doctors could do to help them become more humble. This is an outstanding conversation about compassionate clinical care with one of the best intensive care researchers in the world who is also one of the great mentors of our time.

This podcast was created to help and inspire intensive care clinicians to improve the care we give to our patients by providing interesting and thought-provoking conversations with highly respected and experienced clinicians. In each episode, Andrew Davies, an intensivist in Melbourne, Australia, speaks with a guest for the purpose of hearing their perspectives on the habits and behaviours that they believe are the most important for improving the outcomes of our patients. Things like bringing our best selves to work each day, optimal communication, coping with stress and preventing burn out, working well in a team, and interacting with patient’s families and the many other health professionals we deal with on a daily basis. The podcast is less about the drugs, devices and procedures that can be administered and more about the habits, behaviours and philosophies that can help intensive care clinicians to master the craft of intensive care.