The London Trauma Conference 2015 has now taken place.
The dates for the next conference will be announced in the coming months.
To register your interest in the next London Trauma Conference and to hear more about the exciting programme as soon as it is announced please click here.
Last December saw 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 informed the content of the event and in particular the venue and programme for breakaway sessions.
On Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th of December the London Trauma Conference took place.
Mass shootings: Understanding the practical challenges behind the terrorist attack
After the dreadful events in Paris the medical community is giving serious thought as to how their emergency services and hospitals would manage a mass shooting or bombing event. The implications of large numbers of P1 casualties requiring multiple operations long after the incident occurs makes this type of incident one that extends from pre-hospital care all the way into every hospital department and beyond. With experts from countries that have managed similar events gathered in London for LTC we have decided to learn from them by running a session where they can give us their thoughts on the huge challenges that we might face if similar events occur in our regions.
The session took place on Wednesday 9th of December on day two of the conference.
On Thursday the 10th of December the Pre-hospital and Air ambulance day hosted by the Norwegian Air Ambulance will tackled a wide range of pre-hospital topics.
For 2015 the Cardiac Arrest Masterclass consisted of a half day session taking placee on Thursday 10th December. It focused on the use of Ultrasound and Cardiac Echo.
The Cardiac Arrest Symposium was held on Friday 11th of December.
2015's cardiac conference included a review of the latest ERC guidelines by one of the authors, Prof Charles Deakin. Prof Harris addressed the management of the acutely failing heart and how to avoid cardiac arrest, while Dr Simon Finney discussed how to support the failing heart post ROSC. Rob Morrison defined best practice in cases where resuscitation is not thought appropriate. With updates on the latest automated CPR studies and a look at improving cardiac arrest survival rates in rural communities the conference presented a unique experience for doctors nurses paramedics and resus officers to update their working knowledge in important areas of cardiac arrest management.
2015's breakaway sessions (which could be mixed with attendance at the main conference) included: trauma surgery, trauma haemorrhage research, trauma research, trauma nursing and paediatric trauma, an introduction to ECLS and ECMO and core trauma topics. Practical workshops in resuscitative thoracotomy and REBOA were also be on offer.
On Thursday evening the ever popular ‘stand up science’ challenged presenters of scientific abstracts and entertain a friendly audience.
To view the 2015 Conference Programme please click here or click the below image.
To view the 2015 Cardiac Arrest Symposium Programme please click here or click the below image.
Trauma Conference (Days 1 and 2) Tuesday 8th, Wednesday 9th
The trauma conference ran over two days. There were two themed sessions. One on neurological injury led by Mr Mark Wilson. This included clinical topics and discussion of advances in head and spinal injury management. Speakers came from London, Belgium and Finland. The second themed session was on paediatric trauma led by paediatric surgeon Mr Ross Fisher.
Systems, education and performance
Other sessions included 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 started with a session on performance, decision making and diagnosis in trauma care. Speakers included Dr Conor Deasey (Ireland), Prof Simon Carley (Manchester) and Prof Wolfgang Voelckel (Salzburg).
Professor Upperman then spoke about the lessons of recent U.S major incidents for trauma services.
Clinical and underlying science
Professor Karim Brohi discussed the early immune response to trauma. The keynote lecture on the first day was delivered by Professor Jeff Upperman from Los Angeles who spoke about penetrating paediatric trauma.
The clinical topics of improving post trauma resuscitation care and the management of neck trauma were discussed by Professor Anders Oldner (Karolinska Institute, Sweden) and Mr Jan Jansen (Aberdeen).
A number of controversial questions in trauma care were presented in brief ‘Quickfire’ presentations to pack focussed education into a short but entertaining timeslot to end the conference day.
This years Peter Baskett Lecture was delivered by Professor Pierre Carli from Paris. He spoke 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 was opened by Professor Carli talking about the challenges and successes of ten years of pre-hospital ECMO in Paris. Prof Kai Zacharowski (Frankfurt) discussed the pre-hospital management of sepsis. The common and very practical problems of the agitated trauma patient and rethinking strategies of spinal immobilisation was 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 heard 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 presented them to us.
In 2014 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 for 2015 was 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 consisted of seven ten minute ‘Quickfire’ presentations on topical and controversial areas of pre-hospital practice delivered by selected experienced speakers. Once again, this session received excellent feedback for both education and entertainment.
Cardiac Arrest Symposium (Days 4) Friday 11th
Returning for 2015 The London Cardiac Arrest Symposium brought 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 examinde the latest developments and shared information from the front line whilst providing a novel insight for even the most experienced of delegates.
Research submissions are now closed.
Accepted submissions were displayed at the conference and presenters were asked to make a five minute oral presentation to a selected group of researchers, at a specified time during the conference.
To view (download) the 2015 Submissions Criteria Click here