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Record attendance at military and civilian trauma care conference

14 October 2016

Surgeon GeneralTrauma Innovation 2016 saw attendance figures nearly double as clinicians gathered to discuss future trauma care capabilities

Trauma Innovation welcomed a record number of military and civil healthcare professionals to Birmingham from 27 – 28 September. Over 700 delegates from the UK and overseas gathered to discuss the latest advances in combat casualty care and how civilian medical services can learn from the military on vital aspects of trauma care delivery.

Run in partnership with the Ministry of Defence department, Defence Medical Services, and Orthopaedic Research UK, the 2016 event brought the future of patient care to the fore, ensuring military and civil healthcare professionals are prepared for future incidents.

The conference focused on understanding the complex nature of blast and gunshot injuries and how current research into these types of injuries is enabling clinicians to manage wounds more effectively and reduce the overall long term impact on victims’ lives.

Conference delegates, including 95 VIPs from leading medical organisations in 14 countries, heard from military clinicians on topics such as vehicle blast mitigation strategies, virtual and augmented reality for simulated trauma care training and the development of body-worn sensors to provide real-time information on a soldier’s condition.   

Delegates were also able to see some of the latest innovations in trauma care capability. 32 exhibitors, an increase of 39% on the previous event, showcased high-tech medical kit, including a ‘sim-dummy’ with life-like organs used for surgical training, currently being developed by Nottingham Trent University. Mobile ultrasound imaging via a smart device, developed by Philips, also attracted a lot of attention from visitors.

The event’s unprecedented attendance underpins a strong appetite within the healthcare sector to improve trauma care delivery, not only through developing capability, but through collaboration, education and integrating the military and civil medical communities where commonalities enable lessons to be learnt from each other.   

Commenting on the event Colonel King’Ori, Lead Consultant Neuro Surgeon, Kenya Defence Force (KDF), said: “It’s an excellent event with very knowledgeable speakers. The presentations were clear and the exhibition highlighted a lot of great innovation. It was a fantastic event for us to attend and get an idea about the types of innovations we can take back to the KDF.”

Professor Kay Fawcett OBE, Royal College of Nursing, added: “Events such as Trauma Innovation are invaluable as the integration of military and civilian trauma care is so important. Civilian care can learn from and apply the same principals as the military with both sides learning from one another.”

Surgeon Captain Sarah Stapley, Defence Professor of Trauma and Orthopaedics, DMS, who produced this year’s conference programme, said: “The Defence Medical Services is thrilled with the recent success of the Trauma Innovation 2016 conference held in conjunction with Orthopaedic Research UK and Clarion Events. The conference maintained the momentum towards understanding and innovation in trauma care across all specialties, allowing cross-specialty, national and international networking, so that as a collective we may deliver improved outcomes for our Service personnel, carers and civilian population in the future.”

Trauma Innovation will next take place at DSEI 2017, 11-15 September 2017 at ExCeL London, UK. For further details, visit www.dsei.co.uk   

Thinking ‘left of bang’ could save lives

06 September 2016

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 www.traumainnovation.com



European medical professionals look to step up trauma care provision

15 July 2016

Trauma Innovation expands to enable civilian and military healthcare professionals to improve care on the battlefield and following mass casualty incidents

Across the globe, the threat level for international terrorism is high. The unpredictable timings and locations of the recent atrocities in Belgium, France and Germany have highlighted how important it is for medical professionals to be prepared for mass casualty incidents.

It’s not just civilian care providers that are under pressure. An escalation in the fight against terror across the Middle East has seen military forces, from numerous countries, frequently engage in dangerous missions. As a result, healthcare professionals are regularly treating patients who have been badly injured during fighting or by explosive devices.

Technologies and strategies to save lives and improve patient care are higher on the agenda of healthcare professionals than ever before. From 27-28 September, A&E consultants, doctors, surgeons, paramedics and intensive care nurses from across Europe will come together at Trauma Innovation in Birmingham to discuss the future of patient care and ensure they are prepared for future incidents.

Responding to the increased demand from healthcare professionals for new equipment, which will enhance clinical capability, and training and highlighting the number of international suppliers providing pioneering solutions for trauma care, Trauma Innovation’s organisers have today announced the expansion of the event’s exhibition.

With initial floor space sold out two months ahead of the event, visitors will now be able to source equipment from a total of 30 businesses – an increase of 20% – including the likes of Philips, Orthofix, Siemens Healthcare, Diamedica, National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, Advanced Blast & Ballistic Systems, TyTek Medical and INMM.

Robert Neighbour, Managing Director of Diamedica, commented: “Anaesthesia plays an essential role in trauma handling. Our unique products can make a real difference in the most challenging situations. Trauma Innovation is an event that will enable us to present our solutions to the specialists responsible for delivering care to victims, both from a humanitarian and military perspective. By participating, we hope to have a positive impact on the way patients are treated in the future.”

Alongside the exhibition, a host of leading international experts have been confirmed as speakers in Trauma Innovation’s conference programme. Run in partnership with Defence Medical Services (DMS) and Orthopaedic Research UK, sessions will focus on musculoskeletal complications, as well as delivering the latest academic research on ballistic and blast injuries which will help shape the future of trauma care delivery.

On day one, following an opening address from Brigadier Tim Hodgetts CBE, Medical Director at DMS, academics from Cranfield University will reveal invaluable information on ballistics, giving clinicians a deeper understanding of firearms and the associated wounding mechanisms.

Focusing on providing care to victims of explosions, experts from Imperial College will discuss the physics of blast waves and the challenges that pelvic and spinal injuries present. Meanwhile, Surgeon Captain John Sharpley, Defence Consultant Advisor in Psychiatry at Defence Medical Services, will provide unique insights into the long term social aspects of injured patients.

Day two of the conference will be opened by Surgeon Vice Admiral Alasdair Walker OBE, Surgeon General of the Ministry of Defence. Throughout the day discussions will be held on how military medicine may look to pre-traumatic or “left-of-bang” interventions; if big data and sensor technologies can support clinical decision making and optimise patient care; and how virtual, augmented and mixed-reality can support future mission planning.

General Anne Sailliol, Chief of the French Military Blood Institute at the Ministère de la Défense, will also examine the use of dried plasma in trauma, while Dr. Jospeh Wenke from the US Army Institute of Surgical Research will explore complex injury mitigation strategies. Elsewhere, Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Tim Bonner, who has completed a number of tours, will use clinical data to describe different patterns of injuries based upon skeletal fracture morphology.

Duncan Reid, Event Director of Trauma Innovation, commented: “Incidents across the world have shown the importance of having the facilities and capabilities to care for those who have been severely injured, whether that’s in a hospital or at the scene itself. The sourcing of advanced technologies and sharing of information between military healthcare professionals and their civilian counterparts is vital to this and that is what we will facilitate at Trauma Innovation.”

Trauma Innovation takes place from 27-28 September at Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham, UK. For further details, visit www.traumainnovation.com



Advancing Military and Civilian Trauma Care

21 June 2016

Trauma Innovation is Europe’s leading conference for military, humanitarian and emergency healthcare professionals. The event 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.  The conference also brings together academia and medical equipment suppliers to explore future battlefield trauma care capabilities. This annual event, organised by Clarion Events in partnership with the MOD Defence Medical Services (DMS), will take place on Tuesday 27 to Wednesday 28 September 2016 in Birmingham, UK.

Last summer the rollercoaster accident at Alton Towers  benefitted from using techniques to treat injured soldiers in civilian emergencies when British Army medic, Major David Cooper, used battlefield tourniquets and special dressings to help stop the bleeding on victim, Leah Washington’s leg. This is just one example of how battlefield techniques can be applied in a major incident.

With recent major incidents, such as the January and November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, where mass shootings and suicide bombings resulted in a number of wounded civilians, preparedness for treating casualties with ballistic and blast injuries is arguably high on the agenda.

The conference invites both military and civilian healthcare professionals to gain a better understanding of ballistic and blast biophysics and early injury management techniques. It will also look at ways in which injury severity can be mitigated in the first place using innovative products and equipment which can assist with risk management on the battlefield.  For this year’s conference, DMS has collaborated with Orthopaedic Research UK (ORUK) to produce an agenda focusing on the areas of ballistic and blast injuries that can be devastating and often lead to a plethora of life-long health issues.

The conference, which attracts over 400 international healthcare professionals, will feature expert speakers from the UK, USA and France, including Dr Joseph Wenke, a world-leading expert in the area of extremity trauma and regenerative medicine based at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research.

Major General Martin Bricknell, Director Medical Policy & Operational Capability, UK Ministry of Defence, said: "Trauma Innovation is our premier conference to communicate the clinical advances that we have made in the UK Defence Medical Services. 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".


Military medics demonstrate battlefield trauma care during a live demonstration, using a ‘simulation mannequin’.

Image: Clarion Events

Stand enquiry 2017

Trauma Innovation is specifically designed for:

  • Accident and Emergency Consultants
  • Advisors in Remote Area Medical Care
  • Anaesthetists
  • Army Doctors
  • Army GP's
  • Biomedical Scientists
  • Combat Medical Technicians
  • Consultant Emergency Physicians
  • Consultant Surgeons
  • Consultants in Emergency Medicine & Pre-Hospital Care
  • Diagnostic Radiographers
  • Doctors
  • Accident and Emergency Consultants
  • Emergency Medicine Doctors
  • Emergency Nurses
  • Flight Nurses
  • General Surgeons
  • GP Principal & Medical Officers
  • HART Paramedics
  • HEMS Paramedics
  • Intensive Care Nurses
  • Medical Directors
  • Medical Officers
  • Military Doctors
  • Nursing Officers
  • Occupational Health Specialists
  • Operating Department Practitioners
  • Orthopaedic Nurses
  • Orthopaedic Surgeons
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  • Paramedics
  • Physiotherapists
  • Trauma Coordinators
  • Trauma Surgeons

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