The theme of Prolonged Care runs throughout the two days and emphasis is placed on medical innovations and emerging technologies that will help optimise the care of the critically ill or injured patient and improve outcome where conflict, disaster or geographical location prevent timely evacuation to definitive care.
Day 1 will focus on preparedness and pre-hospital care from the perspective of the patient and the healthcare provider. Preparedness will explore the physical, physiological and psychological innovations that may potentially improve outcome and cultivate resilience. Pre-hospital care looks at the advances in delivering high quality care in austere environments and the novel solutions being explored in resuscitation, transfusion and patient care.
Day 2 will explore innovation in the realm of advanced medical and surgical pre-hospital care. The keynote speaker, Professor Guang-Zhong Yang of Imperial College London, and Director of the Hamlyn Centre, will start the day with a fascinating insight into emerging medical technologies. The sessions will include the use of novel patient testing and advances in medical management. Research from Defence institutions and civilian collaborative partnerships will illustrate the innovations in damage control and resuscitation surgery. Exploitation of artificial intelligence, physiological sensors and imaging are just a few examples of emerging technologies that are set to help meet the challenges of the future operational environment.
Expedition Ice Maiden
The British Army’s Ice Maiden team recently became the first all-female team to cross Antarctica using muscle power alone, will also be present. They will discuss their participation in a collaborative research project that monitored their physical performance for the duration of the 62 day expedition. The physiological monitoring was achieved using state of the art sensor technologies and the recorded data was successfully transmitted back to a UK operations base using commercially available technology. The potential benefits of this proof of concept to the wider healthcare community will be discussed during the conference.
Healthcare delivery in the context of complex geopolitical environments will require agile, adaptive and innovative methods of healthcare delivery. Co-operation and collaboration nurtured through events such as this will ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients and our healthcare providers.
Medical Innovation 2018 offers the opportunity to nurture collaborative partnerships and share best medical practice across the military, humanitarian and emergency healthcare communities. It will help to consolidate knowledge and provide insight into the extraordinary world of emerging medical technologies. Technologies that are changing how medicine is being practiced and which offer the opportunity to improve patient outcome.