We had an amazing first night back with the Cardiac Arrest Academic Forum, thank you so much to everyone that made it possible and everyone that joined us for the evening.
The night started off with a welcome address by Lead Student Siobhan Williams, who told everyone what the PCP is all about and what to expect in the year to come.
Next up was PCP student Prasanth Sritharan who presented a cardiac arrest case he attended; as well as teaching all about reversible causes of arrests, ABGs, ECGs, primary survey, and physiology of blood pressure! An exceptional presentation that even had people on their feet acting out heart rhythms!
Following that was Conrad Witek, an almnus from the inaugral year of the Barts and The London Prehospital Medicine intercalated BSc. Conrad told us all about the role of echocardiography during cardiac arrest, as well as re-affirming the importance of good quality CPR. Everyone will have taken something away from what was called a conference-worthy talk by a doctor in the audience.
Finally Dr Jenny Townsend spoke about thoractomy and what extra skills the London's Air Ambulance can bring to cardiac arrest. Jenny inspired everyone by telling her story, from being an excited prehospital-interested student (just like those in the audience) to now being a London Air Ambulance doctor. She also covered scene safety and crowd management, important skills in the prehospital environment. To end the night Dr Gareth Grier found some volunteers to enact a stabbing scenario complete with LAS responders, LAA arrival, and ultimately a thoracotomy (though thankfully no volunteers actually received a thoracotomy!).
Overall a fantastic evening filled with fantastic teaching, interactive scenarios and hopefully inspiration for future generations of doctors and paramedics. We hope to see you on October 27th for the next Academic Forum!