CCP Podcast 004 : Great Medical Podcasts to Listen To.

CCP Podcast 004 : Great Medical Podcasts to Listen To.

 September 7

by Jonathan Downham


This episode of the Critical Care Practitioner is going to focus on some of the other podcasts I listen to which influence my practice as a critical care practitioner and which I think will be useful to those of you pout there who want to keep up to date with current practice and thinking.

How to get the podcasts.

The beauty of them all is that they are completely free and can be accessed in a number of ways, so choose the one that suits you best.  iTunes is probably the most common way of getting to podcasts on the PC and MAC, just go to iTunes and find the iTunes store. Type in the name of the relevant podcasts in the search bar and you should be able to find them.

If you are using a mobile platform such as Pocket Casts, which is the one I use on my Android phone, then again it is a simple case of doing a search with the name of the podcast. Once you have found them you can subscribe which will ensure that you are told when there is a new episode, and you can even set it up to automatically download the episode when you have access to a WiFi network. I find this automation very useful and it helps my awful memory out a little!

Be careful how many you have downloaded at one time as they can eat up your memory very quickly, and I would advise deleting the ones you have listened to. You can always go back and download them again if you want to. That’s the beauty of the average podcast being free.

You could also try them in Stitcher Radio. They can be streamed from here, which is useful if you are at your computer and don’t want to download them. There is a link to this service at the bottom of this page.

The Podcasts I Love

emcritProbably my most listened to podcast in the critical care world is Emcrit. This is a podcast by Dr Scott Weingart, and I love his style. His views are his own and he does not mind expressing them when he feels he needs to. His approach is a logical one and he always provides a reasoned and structured argument. You may not agree with all he has to say, and he does not ask you to, but I am always gald when I listen to him. He is well respected in the critical care world and this is reflected in some of the guests he gets to speak in his episodes.

He has spoken with Emmanuel Rivers and Paul Marik on their trails and views regarding the optimal use of fluids in severe sepsis and his latest episode is with Dr. Angus is chair of the Department of Critical Care Medicine and the ProCESS trail which is aiming to reevaluate the fluid argument.

He also releases what he calls the Emcrit wee, which is a shorter episode when he feels he has to counteract an argument put forward by someone else on a topic. Recently he debated the use of the mapleson C circuit for preoxygenation in just such a way.

He also does wonderful show notes with links to all he mentions. Go check him out here


SMACCGold has just happened on the gold coast of Australia. I plan on doing a whole podcast on this fantastic conference.SMACC SMACC stands for Social Media And Critical Care and is both informative and entertaining. Yes that’s right, entertaining. One of the main objectives of the SMACC conferences is that they are not like all the other somewhat dry medical conferences but that they share current practice in a way that is great to absorb.

The topics they cover are far ranging from airway management to the use of ultrasound. They hold a competition each year called Sonowars in which teams aim to be the best at this art form. Manages to be both fun and VERY informative at the same time. You can find past ‘lectures’ from the SMACC conferences here, all well worth listening to.

They also run another competition where they ask people to submit Pecha Kucha which is Japanese for ‘chit chat’. these are talks based around slides, but they can only be 6 mins 40 seconds long and only 20 slides in total. Some great ones to see here.


pharm PHARM stands for Pre-Hospital and Retrieval Medicine and is a podcast run by Dr Minh le Cong an air retrival doctor based in Australia. I think he best summarises on his website:

“What is PHARM? Its the area of clinical medicine involved with the assessment and stabilisation of acutely ill or injured patients in the prehospital setting, who require transport to definitive care. It requires a wide range of skills and knowledge including emergency medicine, paramedicine, critical care and aeromedicine. “

 Many of the subjects he covers are similar to Dr Weingart in Emcrit, but puts his own interpretation to them. Once again very useful and you can even hear the Australian crickets in the background. Makes me think of warmer weather whilst I am listening!


RAGE (modestly titled Resuscitationists Awesome Guide to Everything…love that title!) is a relatively new podcast, currently onRAGE episode three. This however is run by some experienced podcasters who, along with others, get together to discuss the current  issues in resuscitation and critical care. There are a number of people involved such as:

  • Rich Levitan (@airwaycam)- the MAN in the airway world!
  • Scott Weingart (@emcrit)- see above.
  • Haney Mallemat (@CriticalCareNow)- emergency medicine doctor who specializes in emergency medicine and internal medicine.
  • Cliff Reid (@cliffreid)- go to RESUS M.E.
  • Michaela Cartner (@mjcartner)- ED physician and intensivist. (Great discussion from her on podcast 2 about crisis resource management)

They break it down into a few elements. ‘Whats bubbling up?’- interesting stuff form the world of FOAMed (Free open access to medical education). ‘A blast from the past’- past history recent or otherwise and ‘Words of wisdom’- quotes form the great and the good.

Very relaxed conversational style, with one practitioner leading a point and the others offering their opinions.


Ultrasound podcastOne of the skills I am trying to learn, as it is becoming evident that it is ever more useful in the critically ill patient is the use of ultrasound. So the Ultrasound Podcast is invaluable. You can start from the basics and move onto quite advanced skills and again there is some humour to be had. Always helpful! Whilst this is not strictly an audio podcast it is something I listen/watch regularly and I think you should too if you want to gain this skill. I am planning on doing the FEEL course (focused echocardiography) in the near future so hopefully this site will give me a head start.


EMBasic has to be another one you should listen too. This is by Steve Carroll  a  graduate from the Emergency MedicineResidency at San Antonio Military Medical Center (formerly Brooke Army Medical Center) in San Antonio, Texas.EMBasic Each podcast focuses on a particular condition, breaking it down into signs and symptoms and then current treatment. Examples include hypertension, COPD and fitting. Steve has a monotonous style but don’t let that fool you. These are gold nuggets in the critical care/emergency medicine podcasting world, highly recommended with great show notes as well.


intensive_care_podcastsThe last one I will mention, but by no means the least is Dr Oli Flowers Intensive Care podcasts. this is now  a large collection of varied topics all presented in an easy to listen to manner. Most are interview based with other practitioners and there is a lot to learn here.




I hope you find this selection useful. I love them all, often not finding the time to listen to them all, but that is why podcasts are so great. You can cherry pick the ones you want and listen to the same one again and again if you wish.

If you know of anymore which you think I or others should be listening too let me know.

Podcast LinkPodcast Episode Name
CCP Podcast 001Introduction and Interview with Teresa Chinn from @WeNurses
CCP Podcast 002Twitter, Google Hang Outs and Speakpipe
CCP Podcast 003Interview with Robin Davies, Lead Resuscitation Officer
CCP Podcast 004Great Medical Podcasts to Listen To
CCP Podcast 005Chat with Ken Spearpoint
CCP Podcast 006Chat with David Barton
CCP Podcast 007Chat with Bethan Bishop
CCP Podcast 008Chat with Claire Flatt
CCP Podcast 009SMACC Me Hard!
CCP Podcast 010Cricoid Pressure: Do it? Do it right? Or do it at all?
CCP Podcast 011Social Media...Use it, don't abuse it!
CCP Podcast 012Get my feet to the floor...please!
CCP Podcast 013Mind and Body
CCP Podcast 014How Much Fluid?
CCP Podcast 015The Power of Practitioners?
CCP Podcast 016The Strong Arm of Eric...YouTube Learning.
CCP Podcast 017Simon is one of the First 2 Act
CCP Podcast 018Mechanical Ventilation...
CCP Podcast 019SepsisPAM analysed. Gav and Jonathan try to work it out!
CCP Podcast 020More Power to Practitioners
CCP Podcast 021Jesse's Show
CCP Podcast 022ACPs Education, Education, Education.
CCP Podcast 023Wash Your Mouth Out!!
CCP Podcast 024Mechanical Ventilation...the basics
CCP Podcast 025Teresa Gets A Gong!
CCP Podcast 026Crew Resource Management...What?
CCP Podcast 027Crew Resource Management Continued
CCP Podcast 028James DuCanto Talks Intubation
CCP Podcast 029Mechanical Ventilation...Phases of the Breath
CCP Podcast 030SMACC it!
CCP Podcast 031Lifesaver to Lightsabre!
CCP Podcast 032Hello South Africa!
CCP Podcast 033Calling all students...
CCP Podcast 034Mechanical Ventilation...Types of breath
CCP Podcast 0355 Tips for Better Presentations
CCP Podcast 036Head of Bed Elevation and Reflux
CCP Podcast 037How to Make Ultrasound Easier!
CCP Podcast 038WeNurses Tweet Chat About Advanced Practitioners
CCP Podcast 039Early Mobilisation- Get Them Moving!
CCP Podcast 040Why Won't We Change?
CCP Podcast 041PTSD in Critical Care
CCP Podcast 042What angle should I sit my patient at?
CCP Podcast 043Why won't my patient sleep?
CCP Podcast 044Helping the ITU patient sleep
CCP Podcast 045Simple Things to Help them Sleep
CCP Podcast 046PTSD in Critical Care II
CCP Podcast 047Advanced Critical Care Practitioner
CCP Podcast 048RSI- Which Drug?
CCP Podcast 049Central Venous Catheter- Which Needle?
CCP Podcast 050LeoPARDS Trial
CCP Podcast 051ICU Follow Up Clinics
CCP Podcast 052Chronic Critical Illness
CCP Podcast 053Nutrition Guidelines
CCP Podcast 054Nutrition Guidelines at ICSSOA 2016
CCP Podcast 055Papers of the Month
CCP Podcast 056Got to help them cough
CCP Podcast 057Papers of the Month
CCP Podcast 058Early Mobilisation. Do we know it works?
CCP Podcast 059Surviving the ICU: The Patient Experience.
CCP Podcast 060My Critical Care Patient Can't Swallow! Why?
CCP Podcast 061Papers of the Month: March 2017
CCP Podcast 062Escalate the Patient!
CCP Podcast 063The Two Jonnys Do Twitter: May 2017
CCP Podcast 064Papers of the Month May 2017
CCP Podcast 065ACCP Presentation- What, Why, How?
CCP Podcast 066The Two Jonnys Do Twitter: May 2017 (2)
CCP Podcast 067Papers of the Month June 2017
CCP Podcast 068The Two Jonnys Do Twitter: June 2017
CCP Podcast 069DasSMACC Day 1
CCP Podcast 070DasSMACC Day 2
CCP Podcast 071DasSMACC Day 3
CCP Podcast 072The Two Jonnys Do Twitter: July 2017
CCP Podcast 073Bariatric Surgery in the Management of the Obese Patient
CCP Podcast 074Lung Ultrasound with SonoPhysio
CCP Podcast 075ACP Conference October 2017
CCP Podcast 076The Two Jonnys Septmber 2017

CCP Podcast 077NCEPOD 2017 Acute NIV
CCP Podcast 078NCEPOD 2017 Acute NIV- A Discussion
CCP Podcast 079The Two Jonnys November 2017
CCP Podcast 080Nitin does FICE….quickly!
CCP Podcast 081The Two Jonnys at ICSSOA 2017 (and Dave)
CCP Podcast 082FICE...Just Do It!
CCP Podcast 083Guidelines to Tracheal Intubation
CCP Podcast 084Audits on some ACCPs skills
CCP Podcast 085Papers of the Month March 2018
CCP Podcast 086Psychology of patients, relatives and staff
CCP Podcast 087ECMO- How can I make the best referral?
CCP Podcast 088Chat about NTI2018
CCP Podcast 089Cath and Jonathan chat about BTS2018
CCP Podcast 090Mechanical Ventilation with Thomas
CCP Podcast 091Practitioners Across The Pond
CCP Podcast 092Practicing Critical Care Like An Adult
CCP Podcast 093Recent research with Nicole Kupchik
CCP Podcast 094Magnesium for the win.
CCP Podcast 095More mechanical ventilation with Thomas
CCP Podcast 096Hyponatremia
CCP Podcast 097ERS Conference 2018
CCP Podcast 098Bryan talks AKI
CCP Podcast 099Fluids- Part I
CCP Podcast 100The Two Jonnys Season Two
CCP Podcast 101Palliative Care in the ICU
CCP Podcast 102Dale Needham and Delirium
CCP Podcast 103Acute Right Heart Failure
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