The old song goes, I’ll put you together, again. Dr Bill Griggs has spent his life perfecting the skills and the art of putting people back together again – from hospitals to helicopters, from roadsides to military and disaster zones, Bill has been there. And, tonight, we try to piece together his life and learn what makes him go where most of us would be too squirmish to tread.
We have many listener questions for Bill.
This week, the SA Drink Of The Week is by winemaker Brad Green.
Nigel tries to stump us all with IS IT NEWS
And the musical pilgrimage will feature Alive by Nakatomi
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The Adelaide Show’s Paging Dr Bill Griggs running sheet
|A message … Bill Griggs can mumble to match the way doctor’s write|
|Theme and introduction. Our original theme song in full is here, Adelaidey-hoo.|
|00:03:06||SA Drink Of The Week
|2013 d’Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz … tasting notes|
|00:11:46||Stories Without Notice|
Come and see us and be part of our show at the Adelaide Podcast Festival. Feb 28 and Mar 7. It’s $10 at the door at includes free Coopers pint (8pm-11.30pm) at the Elephant British Pub in Cinema Place. Feb 28 will feature Alexis and Pete from The Show PBA-FM and Mar 7 will feature Dan Drummond in the local music challenge.
Plus, we might have Kytons Hot Cross Buns to give away. They hit stores Wednesday, Feb 22. When do you think baking started?
Oh, and Steve asks if Nigel can smell under his arms? Steve is trialling a new, fragrance-free deodorant made locally by Jon from JAMA Australia. It has no nasties and it seems to be working very well.
|00:18:53||Dr Bill Griggs
The medical career of Dr Bill Griggs AM ASM, began in 1976 and there’s no easy way to calculate how many lives have been saved by his decision to pursue this interest and passion. From volunteering with St John Ambulance to serving in the Gulf War as Group Captain of Australia’s specialist medical reserve, and from inventing the Griggs technique to championing the Roads 2 Survival initiative, Bill has been the man you turn to in times of emergency and nowadays when you want to act on prevention. So it is quite rare to have found him at home tonight and available for a conversation.
Let me get the swooning over with.
Robby Cummins A Great Man, It will be fascinating
Bev Smith-Trim Not really a question, just a comment. “Thank you Dr Bill for all your amazing efforts for so many people over the years. I sincerely wish that we had people of your compassion and clear thinking in the Administration of our Hospitals and indeed in SA Health”.
How do you respond?
You’re on long service leave. Most people are easily replaceable. How many platoons of doctors do they bring in for you?
Many of us have fond memories of visiting the old pie carts in Adelaide but why are they significant to you?
You have been a volunteer with St John Ambulance Australia since the mid-1970s, ironically, I was also a volunteer with St John’s at that time. What happened to me?
I left because I was squeamish. What attracts you to seek out not just medical work but TRAUMA work?
Are you driven by empathy or the challenge?
You’ve faced some pretty horrific scenes, with body parts in bags and tsunami victims by the hundreds, how do you process this
Is there a difference between attending natural disasters compared to murder, accidents or terrorism?
Dr Gill Hicks has sent some questions.
In my case, I was able to have enough presence of mind to tie tourniquets around the tops of my legs to stem some of the bleed out …. at the time of rescue the paramedics noted the tourniquets and decided to administer to others with limb damage…. I later was told that the practice of tourniquets was replaced prior to London bombings ….. and re introduced POST … What are Bill’s thoughts – is it best to tourniquet or not…
Also, it was an hour before rescue could get to me – I now understand how precious every minute is. I was shocked to learn that there is a military term ‘ the golden hour’ – meaning if someone has been laying injured for that time and longer they are considered ‘gone’ …. Can Bill enlighten any more on the ‘golden hour’ and what are his thoughts ….
Does he believe in miracles? Then give him a huge hug!!!!!
Did the HIV era make your work even riskier?
Bill has been interested in car accidents to changes in injury types over the years. I have mentioned to him about Birdwood car museum doing a special show about dark motoring.
He has strong interests in road safety and injury prevention. In 2004 he conceived, designed and funded the Roads 2 Survival Program, a community-based young person road safety initiative. Will it reduce accidents?
There is also shock from seeing accidents. The airplane crash in Victoria today affected bystanders, we know families forever changed by witness death happen infront of them. What can we do about this?
You get involved in surgery when needed, ASk him about what he sees with automation in teh operating theatre, robotic surgeons etc.
Nina wrote in: I guess as a shotgun victim myself and still fighting the battle have now been diagnosed with ptsd and ongoing treatment for this is,required. I guess my anger is that of 20 years down the track surgeries had in between and my frustration of the waiting game!!! I’ve now been told I have possible ms unable to have mri due to shrapnel where does that leave me as a patient and where is the patient care… 4years of me in and out if hospital neurology doctors are putting me in the too hard basket….. I guess what sort of medical advice could he give in the way I tackle this situation?! I’m not sure how to word,it but I’m very frustrated with this ordeal and the way the hospital has dealt with the quality of care… How do i query it!? I’m not good for words at the moment. I praise his work and his strong determination of all his hard work over the years… But as,far as emergency medical treatment I find they lack knowledge and don’t follow up with patient care what are his thoughts?! I was presented last week into neuro ward after being admitted
Talking of surgery, tell us about the Griggs Technique and was it used in that Tarantino movie, Pulp Fiction?
|01:28:43||Is It News?
The news history quiz with Nigel Dobson-Keeffe.
Express and Telegraph – June 1887
Express and Telegraph – February 1907
Evening Journal – November 1890
|01:46:23|| Musical Pilgrimage
|And our song this week is Alive by Nakatomi, selected by our musical curator Dan Drummond.|
|1976 Claret … Long service leave|
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