For our final talk of 2020 we were fortunate to have four speakers:
1. Lauren Williamson is a 3rd year medical student on the prehospital care programme with an interest in emergency medicine. Lauren presented the case of an elderly gentleman found on the floor by his carer following a stroke and explored the complexities of patient management in this scenario.
2. Surgeon Captain Kate Prior is a consultant anaesthetist in the Royal Navy and at King’s College Hospital. Her operational military role has taken her to war in Afghanistan, Iraq and Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis and working for the United Nations in South Sudan. As the Training Programme Director for the South East School of Anaesthesia, she is responsible for the training and pastoral care of over 100 civilian and military trainees. She also provides pre-hospital care for the military, for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and sporting events as diverse as Tough Mudder, the Bramham International Horse Trials and the London Marathon.
She delivered an elderly trauma talk, usually delivered on the ATACC course (ANAESTHESIA TRAUMA & CRITICAL CARE).
3. Phillip Towers is a senior military paramedic and currently the lead non-doctor medic at commando training.He is an examiner for the Diploma of Immediate Medical Care at the Edinburgh RCS faculty of Prehospital care and is a National Inter-agency Liaison officer. Mr Towers presented three mini-case studies covering the fundamentals of geriatric emergency medicine and key points of trauma in the elderly.
4. Dr Harriet Tucker is a consultant in Emergency Medicine with sub-specialty certification in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine. Her interests are major trauma, pre-hospital emergency medicine and research. She also works as a HEMS doctor for Kent, Surrey and Sussex air ambulance. Dr Tucker presented some geriatric trauma case studies exploring why the older patient may present differently, why they are often under triaged and how we can address these challenges.
For our second Academic forum we heard from chief London air ambulance pilot Neil Jeffers as well as Barts medical students Sophie Schofield and Eva Phillips.
1. Sophie is a fourth year medical student with an interest in emergency medicine and obstetrics and 3 years experience on the Prehospital care programme. Sophie presented the case of a gentleman presenting with strange neurological symptoms and discussed the importance of teamwork when treating a patient.
2. Captain Neil Jeffers is chief pilot at London’s Air Ambulance with whom he has flown since 2005 as well as an experienced crew resource management instructor. He also volunteers as an emergency responder with the London Ambulance Service. Captain Jeffers discussed how to efficiently manage human factors in a prehospital environment.
3. Eva is a medical student currently intercalating in PHM with an interest in trauma surgery and emergency medicine in austere environments. Eva presented the case of a patient with low GCS from a head injury and discussed the complexities of team dynamics under pressure.