2018 we went all out, meaning delegates attended THE most EXTREME Pre-Hospital Medicine conference day – it’s Pre-Hospital Medicine, but not as you know it!
Day 3 of our World Extreme Medicine Conference was jam-packed with some of the world’s most respected medics sharing their experiences and knowledge on what extreme pre-hospital medicine has meant to them. Delegates heard first-hand of how lives had been saved in urban, remote and low-resourced environments using only the most basic of equipment, as well as learning practical skills in the hands-on workshops allowing them to become more confident when faced with quite often complex and unscheduled care provision.
Here’s a small taster of what Day 3 included:
- You’re Caught in the Middle of a Multiple Casualty Terrorist Attack… How do you react? Our sell-out interactive simulation was back, but this time bigger and bolder, with more sim bodies and a larger simulation. This was the ultimate training ground for encountering the issues you’re likely to confront when practising medicine in remote, under-equipped and extreme environments. Not one to miss.
- The Paediatric Blast Injury Field Manual is an ambitious project managed by Dr Emily Mayhew through the Paediatric Blast Injury Partnership with Imperial College and Save the Children. This vital tool has become an invaluable resource for doctors in war and conflict zones, enabling them to provide the best possible care with limited resources and equipment.
- The Burns Treatment Workshop was a fully interactive and detailed hands-on moulage, conducted by Paramedic Trauma Lead Eoin Walker. It provided you with the essential pre-hospital skills you’d need to treat burns when the usual resources are out of reach.
- ‘Pre-Hospital Paediatrics: Don’t panic! Learn how best to stay calm and remain an effective medic when you’re in the ‘calvary’. A highly recommended talk from the brilliant Pete Williams who used his Paediatric Emergency Medicine experience to provide thoughtful and invaluable insights and knowledge.
- Charlie Mize, leading expert on the retrieval of critically-ill and injured patients from austere environments at high-altitude shared some of the experiences he’s had while attempting to save lives in some of the most remote parts of the Himalaya. His talk ‘Critical Care & Helicopter Retrieval in the Mountains of Bhutan’ explored the challenges inherent in the creation of helicopter critical care retrieval teams in a low-income setting, how those challenges were met and how they succeeded in creating a locally-run, financially-sustainable team.
- Sharing their passion for ultrasound, Luca Carenzo, an emergency critical care physician and disaster medicine and Gaynor Prince, an Emergency Physician from Perth, Australia hosted a fascinating USS workshop covering basic knobology, focused assessment with sonography for trauma (FAST), Morrison view, Perisplenic view, Suprapubic view, Subxhyphoid view, extended to chest evaluation and general principles of US guided vascular access.
- Ending the last session of Day 3 on an uplifting and positive note, Will Duffin, a Bristol-based GP, educator, innovator and adventurer delivered a thought-provoking talk examining the extreme medicine paradigm in reverse. How can we take the ‘spirit’ of adventure and an adventure mindset back into our day job as NHS clinicians to make us more resilient, effective and fulfilled? What lessons can we learn from some of the great adventurers that would help us in the way we approach healthcare?
Join us this year where for the first time in WEM history, we’re hosting a virtual conference (17th & 18th Oct) – so you can be inspired from the comfort of your sofa (or, frankly, from wherever in the world you can get online). Book your place today!