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"Now into phase 2 [of IKC], we’re hoping to widen the breadth of our applications to new areas for regenerative devices – such as wound care and maxillofacial"
"Our vision is to be recognised globally as providers of excellent, innovative pre-hospital products"
"We want to demonstrate a very compact and easy-to-use individual wound treatment kit [which] has been developed together with specialists of the Swiss Army"
"The Orthofix External Fixation portfolio is truly innovative in its design and concept and this event in title and content fits our innovative approach as a company"
"We are keen to support such a worthwhile event and to meet people involved in military healthcare"
"The new product we are developing is a suite of Active Mine Protection Systems (the AMPS™ technology) which is designed to protect vehicle occupants from all the secondary effects of a mine or IED blast"
"Medtronic would like to introduce Veriset™ haemostatic patch, our new high efficacy, fast acting, easy to use, safe and reliable haemostat"
"We are exhibiting our ground-breaking range of Central Venous Catheter designed to reduce the current risks with CVCs – from infection to air embolism, including risk of catheter rupture"
"There may be more complex mechanisms associated with hearing injury and blast exposure and we need to further evaluate these"
"We have learned so many lessons from recent conflicts and the study of military blast injuries, we need to transfer these to the civilian domain"
"We are interested in meeting everyone who delivers, specifies or provides solutions to the military and disaster relief segments. We are particularly interested in co-creating healthcare solutions..."
"We are particularly interested in exploring opportunities for developing new international partnerships from civilian, military, or government regulators, and educators"
"The association helps companies in the medical technology sector to connect to markets across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and most recently Northern America"
"[Attendees can expect to see] the latest range of Celox haemostatic agents, Foxseal chest seals and Silvapro burn dressings"
"The company mission is to provide equipment that will facilitate an efficient means of rapidly identifying coagulopathy in casualties..."
"[Products attendees can expect to see are] ST-TCCC, the lightest and most versatile integrated wireless monitoring system and EPR with embedded video conferencing"
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"We will be exhibiting a variety of pre-hospital trauma products including ThoraQuik Chest Decompression Device, iTClamp Haemorrhage Control device and the Vortran Automatic Resuscitator".
"Alongside our range of gauzes and bandages, we have suction units, chest decompression needles, an Xtricate stretcher for confined space lifting and our unrivalled Piranha trauma shears"
"Some key priorities at dstl include specific stratagems for field assessment and resuscitation of severely injured casualties"
"[The products visitors can expect to see are] In-vivo simulations of 3D printed organs from CT data. The premier of our new Thoracic Trauma Trainer"
Professor Bob Stone demonstrates how a medic would work on a dummy
©John James, University of Birmingham, 10 July, The Telegraph
"Army medics will experience the battlefield without ever leaving the country after engineers developed a ground-breaking virtual reality simulator to mimic the difficulties of working in a warzone".
"The main challenge is the ability to remain agile in our procurement programmes in order to adopt and exploit innovative ideas as and when they are presented".
"Modern trauma management requires the combination of excellence in clinical care and outstanding communication skills".
[Trauma Innovation] looks at how lessons learnt from recent military campaigns, plus advances made in combat casualty care, can be translated into the wider healthcare community to improve treatment for civilian patients [bringing] together academia and medical equipment suppliers to explore future battlefield trauma care capabilities. Read more
Conference attendees will be well aware of recent terrorist and criminal firearms activities. The purpose of the 'Ballistics Mini-Symposium', presented by Cranfield University, on Day One is to give clinicians a deeper understanding of firearms and the associated wounding mechanisms.
"We cover all sectors from Defence, Humanitarian, Disaster Relief, EMS in the UK in fact any sector that has a Pre-hospital Trauma requirement".
"This year the combination of Trauma Innovation with Orthopaedic Research UK has allowed us to expand at the conference".
"We want to encourage researchers to be innovative, and are keen to promote collaboration and partnership across scientific, medical and academic communities..."
"In situ simulation is gaining popularity as an education modality in NHS hospitals and is defined as simulation that occurs in the actual clinical environment".
"The potential to reduce the impact of scarring on the patient exists through the development of novel materials, cell therapies and medicines".
"EZ-IO is the leading Intraosseous vascular access device. The majority of air ambulances, NHS ambulance Trusts and NHS Hospital Trusts & the military have the EZ-IO device".
"There remains a significant gap in the understanding of blast injuries, specifically the mechanism of different injuries (such as blast lung, heterotopic ossification, fragment penetrations, etc.)".
"We will be demonstrating our range of portable anaesthesia systems and portable ventilators, which are used in disaster and emergency situations"
"Designing controlled experiments for blast mediated injuries is challenging during the the heterogeneity of wounding and the substantial energy produced during an explosion".
"One of our main priorities is to continue evaluation studies on our healthcare projects generally and the MERT training concept specifically, so that we can start to understand how to measure the impact of Mixed or “Blended” Reality solutions on human performance."
"The main things Prometheus Medical are looking to achieve at Trauma Innovation, are to create more contacts within the military and to get feedback to our ever increasing range of products".
Brig Tim Hodgetts and Wg Cdr Heather Clarke receiving the award
Defence Medical Services (DMS) has won the Best Feature Area category at the Exhibition News (EN) Awards for its Medical Innovation Demo at the Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition, delivered in partnership with Clarion Events.
DSEI, the world’s largest integrated defence and security exhibition, took place at ExCeL London in September 2015. The event attracted a record 1,683 exhibitors from 54 countries and over 34,000 visitors. DSEI takes place biennially and hosted the Trauma Innovation conference in 2015.
The Medical Innovation Demonstration was organised with a team from DMS’s Medical Directorate and the wider DMS, and was designed to showcase the end-to-end combat casualty pathway and innovative techniques and capabilities used to rescue and treat injured servicemen in recent conflict zones, as well as
DMS’s leading work on the UK’s response to the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone. The demonstration included a role-play, showing each stage of a patient’s journey from his/her point of wounding on the battlefield, or point of Ebola infection, through to treatment and rehabilitation back in the UK. It featured active military medics and high-tech medical kit currently being used by the DMS.
The award singled out the Medical Innovation Demo from over 1,900 exhibitions across the country in 2015. The EN Awards, which took place in London on 28 April 2016, drew around 1,000 attendees and was hosted by Rory Bremner.
Major General Martin Bricknell, Director Medical Policy & Operational Capability, UK Ministry of Defence, highlights the aims and objectives of Trauma Innovation.
The Trauma Innovation conference at DSEI 2015 attracted key VIP speakers and visitors, covering crucial topics such as front line medical services and lessons learnt from the recent Ebola epidemic.
This relevant theme continues to engage the defence and medical industries, with organisers Clarion Events planning and running the two-day Trauma Innovation 2016 forum in September this year.
From experienced physicians to emergency medical personnel to training professionals, this two day conference delivers high level content to anyone who provides care to the critically injured patient.
"Trauma Innovation is our premier conference to communicate the clinical advances that we have made in the UK Defence Medical Services and with our international and national partners so as to showcase
those areas of research, innovation and organisational change that are taking us into the future.
We have learned a lot over the past decade in the care of combat casualties. We have learned a lot in the course of the last year about care for casualties with infectious diseases as part of our response to Ebola.
Looking forward now we want to join these innovations together and set an appropriate demand signal to science and industry to be able to look to meet our needs over the next five to ten years".
Brigadier Timothy Hodgetts, Medical Director, Defence Medical Services, gives an overview of the key developments in military trauma care over the last decade and the areas in which the Defence Medical Services is seeking new developments.
"Key developments in trauma care in the last decade have been conceptual, technological and organisational.
Key concepts have included ABC – Airway Breathing Circulation – to CABC, where the first ‘C’ stands for Catastrophic haemorrhage, before Airway Breathing Circulation.
We’ve had a lot of development in resuscitation concepts too. We have introduced the concept of damage control resuscitation, haemostatic resuscitation, right turn resuscitation, 3D resuscitation, so a whole series of new concepts have come in the last decade.
Alongside concepts we have had organisational changes; we have introduced new levels of capability. A good example of that has been the army team medic, where we have introduced one in four combat soldiers having an enhanced level of first aid training and an enhanced level of equipment, particularly directed at addressing catastrophic haemorrhage, managing the airway and treating a breathing problem from a penetrating chest wound.
Other organisational advances have been on the medical emergency response team, so effectively projecting a team forward from the hospital to the point of wounding, to provide hospital level care as the patient is flown back to the field hospital. That has included the use of blood products, so plasma and red cells as the first fluids that the patient receives as they start the resuscitation.
The third element has been about technology; we have had a lot of technological advances and the key one again around haemorrhage has been the introduction of a tourniquet for every individual soldier and the introduction of topical haemostatics, so bandages impregnated with an active agent, which when pushed into a big wound, actually stops the heavy bleeding.
A key area in which the Defence Medical Services are seeking new developments is in lightening the load. We need to take the advances we have managed to achieve after ten years of campaigning in Afghanistan, and make sure that we can do those in a small manoeuvrable field hospital right from day one of a new operation".