2 day Pre-Hospital Care workshop presented by Extreme Medicine & London Air Ambulance during the two days prior to Extreme Medicine Conference
As details of this training event are confirmed why not watch their life-saving work on the BBC…. click here to find out more.
London’s Air Ambulance features in BBC Two – An Hour To Save Your Life (#AHTSYL) – 3-part series starting 4th March, 9pm
This new series looks at innovations in emergency medicine and the improvements in patient outcomes as a result of doctor-led pre-hospital care and fast-tracking heart attack/cardiac arrest, stroke and trauma patients to specialist centres.
It was filmed over the summer of 2013, spending two months with London’s Air Ambulance including with our Physician Response Unit (PRU), a medical emergency fast response team who are tasked to out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients, at The Royal London and London Chest Hospitals and with the London Ambulance Service. Filming also took place in Nottingham and Birmingham.
Across the three programmes, nine patient stories are featured, five of these are involving London’s Air Ambulance in the pre-hospital phase. The key clinicians involved in each patient case conducted in-depth retrospective interviews so the style of the programmes is very much clinicians taking the audience through what happens.
Watch the film here…
The 2013 Conference hosted at Harvard Medical School received rave reviews from ‘best medical conference we have ever been to‘… to …‘simply amazing’ and in 2014 we are back on home turf in London. A pre- conference trauma workshop will be running on the weekend before run in cooperation with the justifably world famous London Air Ambulance Service.
The conference speakers included many of the very best speakers from around the world (including Dr Gordon Giesbrecht, Dr Kobi Peleg and Professor Mike Grocott), who are the world experts in many remote extreme medicine fields including expedition and wilderness, pre-hospital, disaster and relief medicine.
This conference was a fantastic opportunity for medics to gain insight and knowledge from leading professionals in extreme medicine.” Dr Amy Hughes, Medical Director, Expedition & Wilderness Medicine
Each day of the conference focuses on different aspects of Extreme Medicine. The first day covers Expedition & Wilderness; the second day was built around Pre-Hospital Medicine with days 3 and 4 covering Disaster Medicine and Extreme Medicine respectively
Professor Chris Imray and Dr Gareth Grier kicks off by telling why he is speaking…
Channel 5 is featuring a major new documentary about the London HEM’s trauma doctors including Expedition & Wilderness Medicine’s Medical Director Amy Hughes and Extreme Medicine Conference speaker Anne Weaver
Trauma Doctors documents the on the spot medical decisions and procedures that can reverse the dying process in critically injured. The battle for a patient’s life starts within minutes of their injury when London’s Air Ambulance arrives at the scene of the incident, delivering advanced medical procedures to the roadside, and continues with their hospitalisation and subsequent treatment at The Royal London Hospital.
Heading up the team is Dr Gareth Davies, one of the UK’s leading trauma specialists, Medical Director of London’s Air Ambulance and Emergency Medicine Consultant at Barts Health NHS Trust. From helping patients in road traffic collisions to working on the aftermath of the 7/7 London Bombings, he and his team work at speed to bring the patient back to life.
Dr Gareth Davies said: “Trauma Doctors will give viewers an insight into the medical care provided by London’s Air Ambulance. We only attend the most serious trauma cases in London and are renowned throughout the world for our medical excellence. Most people do not realise that we deliver the emergency room to the patient so, by giving people a snapshot of what we do, we hope that one day everyone in the UK will receive similar levels of care.”
Barts Health Clinical Director for Emergency Medicine Dr Malik Ramadhan who also appears in the programme said: “The opening of the new Royal London Hospital last year has allowed us to combine one of the UK’s leading medical and nursing trauma structures with the facilities to provide world class care. In addition, the new trauma system in London means that severely injured patients are only taken to hospitals with the expertise to deal with a very complicated group of patients and The Royal London was one of the first hospitals in the UK to develop a formal trauma system. This programme gives an excellent insight into the thought processes of doctors looking after these patients.”
London’s Air Ambulance is on-call 24 hours a day to respond to life and death medical emergencies within the M25, treating almost 2,000 patients a year. The Royal London Hospital treats 2,800 trauma patients a year.
In the UK trauma accounts for around 18,000 deaths a year and covers a multitude of complex and life threatening injuries caused, for example, by vehicle collisions, industrial accidents and assaults, all of which are profiled in the series.