first draft of IBCC is done!
There are now chapters up on the core critical care topics. Nearly all chapters have either been written or updated in 2020-2021, so it's pretty fresh. Ongoing updates will continue to push this date forwards.
Of course, the IBCC will never be finished. New chapters will be added over time. But the first draft remains exciting, because we can finally offer you something that is somewhat complete.
Podcasts are lagging behind due to COVID and climate disasters (we're looking at you, British Columbia). We will get them done eventually.
Special thanks to Richard Choi (@rkchoi), neurointensivist extraordinaire, who has been reviewing the neurology chapters to provide additional perspective. We're also excited about the flourishing world of NeuroICU FOAMed which will also help guide the IBCC (e.g., posts by Neha Dangayach and Casey Albin).
how to construct a smartphone app (kinda)
Occasionally folks ask me to create an app for the IBCC. I can't do that, but the approach below will MacGyver this pretty well.
The most basic method is to just add the IBCC table of contents to your browser favorites list, or pin the link to your home screen. I did that for a while, but it got frustrating if I wanted to toggle back and forth between the IBCC and another webpage. I found the following approach to work much better.
step #1: download a new browser application solely for use with the IBCC
There are many excellent, free browser apps. On the iPhone, I think the Opera browser works very nicely for this purpose.
step #2: set up the browser with links to the IBCC
Next, create “favorite” links to IBCC sections that you use a lot:
You can rename them and move them around, to create a personalized table of contents:
Favorites work best if they are set up to jump directly to sections within a chapter. For example, to create a favorite for the table of contents:
- Scroll down into the middle of the table of contents.
- Click on one of the “back to contents” links, causing you to jump precisely to the beginning of the contents section.
- Then make the page a favorite. This will create a link that jumps directly to the right spot within the table of contents. When you click on your link to the table of contents, it should send you directly to this view:
step #3: use this browser only for the IBCC
You're all set. I think this works best if the browser (e.g., Opera) is used solely for the IBCC. It will function like a virtual book, sitting on your phone right where you left off reading it.
Anyhow, I hope this helps you enjoy the IBCC. It takes a few minutes to set it up, but then it's much faster to access tables and checklists that you may want to pull up on the fly.
If you have technical questions or pointers, please leave 'em below.
consider supporting the EMCrit project
Please consider becoming a member of EMCrit, if you're not already. This gives you access to all of Scott Weingart's amazing materials. Supporting EMCrit also keeps our internet servers spinning, which allows PulmCrit & IBCC to be disseminated freely (Adam and I work for free, because we're insane).
have a restful holiday ✌️
It's been a rough couple of years. Thanks for sticking with us, and with your patients.
-Josh & Adam