SECamb to host international pre-hospital emergency care conference

Monday, 09 February, 2015


South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is to host its first international pre-hospital emergency care conference.

Innovation for Pre Hospital Emergency Care (IPHEC 2015) will take place over two days on Wednesday 20 May and Thursday 21 May at the Amex Stadium in Brighton, birth place of the UK paramedic profession. The conference will be open to 1,000 delegates and is set to be one of the biggest of its kind.

Supported by pharmaceutical firm, AstraZeneca and medical device provider, Teleflex, the conference is aimed at anyone with an interest in pre-hospital care and those working in the fields of emergency and cardiac care.

Key note speaker at the conference is Freddy Lippert, Chief Executive Officer of Emergency Medical Services in Denmark’s Capital Region. Mr Lippert, who is considered to be the driving force behind Denmark’s success in improving outcomes for cardiac patients, will be one of 12 speakers across the two days.

SECAmb Medical Director Dr Jane Pateman said: “Brighton has had a long association with pre-hospital care, being birth place of the paramedic in the UK during the early 1970s. We have strong links to the education sector and the aim of the conference is to spark debate and interest in developments taking place in this area of healthcare. I’m delighted and proud that SECAmb is hosting such a high profile event.”

Professor Douglas Chamberlain was instrumental in the introduction of the UK’s first paramedics in Brighton and has worked closely with SECAmb over the years to develop cardiac arrest treatment. He added: “Pre-hospital critical care, covering such emergencies as trauma, drowning, acute myocardial ischaemia, and cardiac arrest, is an area of vital importance to ambulance trusts and of course to the community.  A conference addressing these issues from a professional perspective with speakers of national and international renown will therefore be seen as a very important event.”

Topics to be covered at the conference include the work to improve cardiac arrest outcomes nationally, advanced ECG recognition and managing critical and complex patients.

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Tickets go on general sale today (Monday 9 February) and are available for one or both days. Visit to book tickets.

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