CaHRU was represented by Prof Niro Siriwardena together with colleagues from East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust at the recent EMS2018 conference which took place at Copenhagen’s Tivoli Congress Hall, 16-18 April 2018. The theme of the conference was “It Takes a System to Save a Life – Next is Now”, emphasising the importance of systems in emergency and out-of-hospital care.
Prof Siriwardena presented work from the NIHR funded Prehospital Outcomes for Evidence Based Evaluation (PhOEBE) programme with an abstract entitled, ‘Preventable mortality in patients at low risk of death requiring prehospital ambulance care: retrospective case record review study‘.
Other studies involving CaHRU and East Midlands Ambulance Service were an abstract presented by Janette Turner from University of Sheffield, also from the PhOEBE study: ‘Development of risk adjusted indicators of EMS performance and quality (phoebe programme)‘ and another from Dr Alison Porter’s Electronic Records in Ambulances study, ‘The digital ambulance: electronic patient clinical records in prehospital emergency care‘. All the abstracts were published in BMJ Open.
Another highlight of the conference was the European EMS Championship competition where teams from all over the world were assessed in various emergency situations – the competition winners from a strong field including Denmark, Scotland, and Australia, were the team from East Midlands! The social programme included a walk through Copenhagen with the city’s ‘Heart Runners’, a programme to train the population in basic life support for cardiac arrest and a dinner at the Circus Building in the town centre. Overall the conference provided an excellent opportunity to present CaHRU’s work and to hear about developments in prehospital care in the beautiful setting of Copenhagen.
By Prof Niro Siriwardena