Trauma Innovation to provide a platform for European military and civilian healthcare professionals to discuss future trauma care
Great advances have been made in the way that military healthcare professionals treat critical injuries, with more people surviving a wider range of injuries than ever before. However, to make further gains, it is becoming increasingly important to look 'left of bang' or before the injury occurs, according to Major Neil Eisenstein.
During a talk at Trauma Innovation on 28 September, he will explain why the military should look at those most at risk of becoming a combat casualty and identify ways of pre-treating their potential injuries. In his view, not only could this help improve the way they are cared for after trauma, but in situations with extended casualty evacuation timelines, it will play a vital role in saving lives in future conflicts.
Major Eisenstein, now a Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery Trainee (ST4) and PhD Researcher at the University of Birmingham, commented: "It's imperative that we start exploring ways of treating those at risk from trauma before they become injured. At Trauma Innovation, I will be highlighting a number of concepts that could be successful in an attempt to spark a larger debate among the military community about how we move our thinking 'left of bang'.
"Treating people before an event is not a new theory; vaccinations are carried out every day for that very reason. However, applying it to trauma is a new way of thinking. By speaking at Trauma Innovation I am hoping to inspire medical professionals to think of unusual ways to save and treat victims."
Run in partnership with Defence Medical Services (DMS) and Orthopaedic Research UK, Trauma Innovation will also explore how new technologies can improve care, particularly virtual and augmented reality devices. With development in these areas booming, military and civil healthcare professionals are seeing a raft of innovations that will help improve training for mass casualty incidents and battlefield injuries.
In recent times, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine have sponsored a series of projects to identify how virtual and augmented reality can be used to simulate real-world scenarios. Their ultimate ambition is to help improve future mission planning for Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) personnel.
Professor Bob Stone, Director of Human Interface Technologies Team at the University of Birmingham, who has designed a high-tech solution to help medical personnel train for battlefield incidents, will present his innovative solution at Trauma Innovation.
"Virtual reality has the potential to revolutionise the way in which military and civilian first responders can train," said Professor Stone. "Through the 'blending' of real-world objects with reconstructions of operational contexts, medical professionals can rehearse intricate, life threatening operations safely, time and time again before having any real time interaction with a patient."
Along with the wealth of information available from the 36 speakers at the event, 31 businesses, including Philips, Orthofix, Siemens Healthcare, Diamedica, National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, Advanced Blast & Ballistic Systems, TyTek Medical and INMM, will showcase their latest solutions to aid trauma care.
Alwena Hall, International Marketing Manager at Philips, said: "We will be highlighting all of our solutions across the care continuum, from solutions for diagnosing and treating patients at the point of injury to those that help deliver care throughout the patients care pathway. Specifically, we will be demonstrating our UltraMobile Ultrasound and Medic backpack."
Trauma Innovation takes place from 27-28 September at Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham, UK. For further details, visit http://www.traumainnovation.com/