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NCS Currents Sept 2016

NCS Brainwaves Flotilla Sailing into Uncharted Territory in Neurocritical Care By Cherylee Chang, MD and Julian Bösel, MD This summer, NCS members, friends, and family took part in the first Brainwaves Flotilla – a neurocritical care-themed sailing trip. Twenty-seven sailors and sailors-to-be set sail on July 10 in the British Virgin Islands. The flotilla included the boats Friendship (48 foot catamaran), Moko Jumbie (43 foot catamaran), Limin’ Time (39 foot catamaran), and Hookuna Matata (42 foot monohull). Evening neurocritical care lectures took place on board the boats Friendship and Moko Jumbie at the Marina Cay, White Harbor on Jost Van Dyke, and the Bight on Norman Island. The lecture topics included: • “Frozen: Suspended Animation in the NeuroICU: the Hows and Whys” by Michel Torbey, MD • “Walking the Plank Blindfolded: Jumping into Antibiotic Prophylaxis in the Neuro ICU” by Bart Nathan, MD • “Helmsman or Auto-Pilot?: How Many Intensivists does it Take to Build a Smart ICU?” by Dick Moberg, PhD • “Sailing or Wailing?: 10 Don’ts in Severe Ischemic Stroke and What I Think about Them” by Julian Bösel, MD • “Chart Plotter: Do we Need More Advanced Imaging Toys in the Neuro ICU?” by Jens Würfel, MD • “Beating against the Gale: Barriers of Implementation in the Neuro ICU and How to Overcome Them” by Götz Bosse, MD Due to flight and boat issues, the last set of lectures planned for Peter Island did not take place. These would have included “Sea Legs or Land Legs: the Role of Early Mobilization in the Neuro ICU” by Ashley Chadwick and Melissa Ellis and “Abandoning Ship: End-of- Life Care in the Neuro ICU” by Cherylee Chang, MD. These topics are definitely being saved for the next event. During the daytime, colleagues, friends, family and new acquaintances enjoyed the tranquil blue-green waters, fabulous snorkeling, and stable winds that made for a great sailing experience. Memorable evenings included a group dinner at Saba Rock with sponsorship from Zoll, the one-man band at a bar on Marina Cay which turned into a Caribbean party by the Brainwaves, the Soggy Dollar at White Bay, and Willie T’s in the Bight. As with any sailing trip – and like an ICU – not everything goes as smoothly as planned. However, like true critical care professionals and team members, each person did their part to help the flotilla pull together to overcome obstacles such as missing stopper knots, malfunctioning boat and dinghy engines, broken mainsails, water pumps, fans, and air conditioners, wayward boat hooks (and mattresses), and flying jib sheets. Yet, if you ask any of the 27 sailors (including junior sailors), everyone had a fabulous time. The Brainwaves plan on meeting again in Washington, DC and may be planning for another sailing expedition in 2018. Landlubbers and seasoned sailors will be welcome. Look for more information at the meeting and in Currents or email inquiries to cchang@queens.org. Anchors aweigh! Friendship Limin’ Time Michel Torbey (Captain) Julian Bösel (Captain) Johnny Torbey (Co-Captain) Götz Bosse (Co-Captain) Melissa Torbey Jens Würfel Diana Greene Chandos Jacqueline Gunti Chelsea Chandos Steve Goodwin Raina Torbey Denise Dittrich Magalie Torbey Dick Moberg Joseph Torbey Sheila Modgin Moko Jumbie Hookuna Matata Cherylee Chang (Captain) Bart Nathan (Captain) Melissa Ellis (First Mate) Isaak Nathan (First Mate) Ashley Chadwick Kathy Nathan (Second Mate) Susen Chadwick Ari  Nathan Asher Nathan Cherylee Chang, MD Julian Bösel, MD 18


NCS Currents Sept 2016
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