This December will see the ninth London trauma conference held at the Royal Geographical Society in central London. The established format of high level and well presented education from expert and often entertaining speakers is the backbone of this constantly growing event. Delegate feedback has informed the content of this years event and in particular the venue and programme for breakaway sessions.
On Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th of December the London Trauma Conference will take place.
On Thursday the 10th of December the Pre-hospital and Air ambulance day hosted by the Norwegian Air Ambulance will tackle a wide range of pre-hospital topics.
The Cardiac Arrest Masterclass and Cardiac Arrest conference will be held on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th of December.
This years breakaway sessions (which can be mixed with attendance at the main conference) will include: trauma surgery, trauma research, trauma nursing and paediatric trauma, core trauma topics and paramedic critical care. Practical workshops in resuscitative thoracotomy and REBOA will also be on offer.
On Thursday evening the ever popular ‘stand up science’ will challenge presenters of scientific abstracts and entertain a friendly audience.
The full programme for the conference will be published in the coming weeks but the outline of the events can be found below.
Trauma Conference (Days 1 and 2) Tuesday 8th, Wednesday 9th
The trauma conference will run over two days. There will be two themed sessions. One on neurological injury led by Mr Mark Wilson. This will include clinical topics and discussion of advances in head and spinal injury management. Speakers will come from London, Belgium and Finland. The second themed session will be on paediatric trauma led by paediatric surgeon Mr Ross Fisher.
Systems, education and performance
Other sessions will include performance and leadership of trauma units (Professor Tim Coats) a round up of trauma research in the last year (Dr Matt Thomas) and the timing of trauma interventions (Prof Ian Pallister). The second trauma day will start with a session on performance, decision making and diagnosis in trauma care. Speakers include Dr Conor Deasey (Ireland), Prof Simon Carley (Manchester) and Prof Wolfgang Voelckel (Salzburg).
Professor Upperman will then speak about the lessons of recent U.S major incidents for trauma services.
Clinical and underlying science
Professor Karim Brohi will discuss the early immune response to trauma. The keynote lecture on the first day will be delivered by Professor Jeff Upperman from Los Angeles who will talk about penetrating paediatric trauma.
The clinical topics of improving post trauma resuscitation care and the management of neck trauma will be discussed by Professor Anders Oldner (Karolinska Institute, Sweden) and Mr Jan Jansen (Aberdeen).
A number of controversial questions in trauma care will be presented in brief ‘Quickfire’ presentations to pack focussed education into a short but entertaining timeslot to end the conference day.
This yearsPeter Baskett Lecture will be delivered by Professor Pierre Carli from Paris. He will talk about how Paris has prepared and dealt with the current terrorist threat.
Pre-hospital Care (Day 3) Thursday 10th
The third day of the conference will be opened by Professor Carli talking about the challenges and successes of ten years of pre-hospital ECMO in Paris. Prof Kai Zacharowski (Frankfurt) will then discuss the pre-hospital management of sepsis. The common and very practical problems of the agitated trauma patient and rethinking strategies of spinal immobilisation will be presented by Mr Andy Thurgood (Birmingham) and Dr Per Christian Hyldmo (Norway).
Setting up new services can be challenging but there are opportunities not to repeat mistakes of the past. We will be hearing about the new retrieval services in Denmark and Wales. Much of the literature on air ambulance services originates from the diverse services in the US. Tom Judge from Lifeflight Maine has a wide perspective on the successes and problems seen in US air ambulance services and will present them to us.
Last year there were memorable presentations on the EMS crashes in Glasgow and Norway. The year before an amazing presentation on the multiple prolonged resuscitation of teenagers after near cold drowning with outstanding results. Events like these take their toll on victims, their families and rescuers. On this theme the keynote this year is by Professor Sir Simon Wessely current president of the UK Royal College of Psychiatrists and director of the King’s Centre for Military Health Research entitled ‘Picking up the pieces’.
The last session of this day will consist of seven ten minute ‘Quickfire’ presentations on topical and controversial areas of pre-hospital practice delivered by selected experienced speakers. This session received excellent feedback last year for both education and entertainment.
Cardiac Arrest Symposium (Days 4) Friday 11thReturn for 2015 The London Cardiac Arrest Symposium brings together an internationally renowned faculty of experts in the field of cardiac arrest management and addresses key questions concerning this most critical of medical emergencies. The symposium will examine the latest developments and will share information from the front line whilst providing a novel insight for even the most experienced of delegates.
Save the dates 8th – 11th December
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