#WEM19 and we went all out, meaning medics attended the most EXTREME Pre-Hospital and Retrieval Medicine conference day we have ever held – 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 learnt about pre-hospital care at its most extreme, allowing them to become more confident when faced with quite often complex and unscheduled care provision, plus we explored how emergency medicine and prolonged care is delivered in the most remote environments – from the Arctic to Zero G. On top of this, the hugely popular interactive simulation that tests how you react to a multiple casualty terrorist attack was back – better than ever before.
Are you ready to learn how to Thrive in Adversity? Here’s a taster of what took place on Day 3:
- Marc O’Griofa was on the mainstage for his session ‘Prolonged Field Care: When the Golden Hour goes to S#@T in Austere Medicine’. Aimed at both combat and austere pre-hospital medics who may have to look after a casualty or patient for a prolonged period of time prior to evacuation, this session discussed how we can best prepare for the plan we never want to use.
- One of our most popular workshops from last year returned – ‘Facial Injury on Expedition! Dislocated Jaw Joint! What Do I Do?’. Expedition dentist, Burjor Langdana delivered a stepwise pictorial immersive lecture where delegates learnt how simple reduction and stabilisation of jaw feature could get you out of a pickle (and avoid a medevac).
- For those interested in our NEW category ‘I’m a Casualty, Get Me Out of Here!’ – The art of rescue and evacuation from challenging environments, major incident planning and extended casualty care, joined Mads Gilbert, Marc O’Griofa and Jon McCormack as they discussed practising medicine away from the comforts of a hospital.
- ‘The Cases That Haunt Us’ was a highly recommended talk from Caroline Leech, Emergency Medicine Consultant and Major Trauma Lead, who took to the main stage and talked openly about dealing with trauma that medical professionals witness nearly every single day.
- Following on from their exclusive launch of the ‘Resilience’ video series at the #WEM18 conference, we had the pleasure of welcoming back Matt Walton and Mike Christian to lead the workshop ‘Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire’ that explored long-term exposure to trauma and the impact that can have. They also looked at some of the proactive measures you can take to ensure a successful long-term career.
- Sharing their passion for all things Space Medicine, our panel of experts including NASA Astronauts Serena Auñón-Chancellor, Don Pettit, Mike Barratt and NASA Aquanaut Marc O Griofa, plus Bonnie Posselt, medical officer in the RAF, specialising in aviation and Space Medicine hosted a fascinating discussion on Emergency Medicine in Zero G.
- Delegates learnt fundamental hands-on field-proven skills in our interactive ‘Extreme skills’ workshops including:
- Burns Treatment Workshop – 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 need to treat burns when the usual resources are out of reach.
- Wound Dressing Workshop – ideal for front-line nurses looking to develop their clinical skills and perfect for doctors and paramedics who get fewer opportunities to practice this skill (plus you can keep the dressings to practice at home).
- USS Workshop – a fascinating 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.
Not to mention our sell-out interactive simulation ‘Caught in the Middle of a Multiple Casualty Terrorist Attack…’ that was back bigger and bolder. 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.
Join us this year for one of the most energetic and unique networks in the universe and be part of the world’s greatest gathering of extreme medics and thought-leaders; dedicated to inspiring and sharing medical knowledge with you. Book your place today!