The University of East Anglia Surgical Society has hosted its second national Trauma Conference
On 3-4 March, 110 medical and nursing students from as far afield as Durham, Nottingham and Southampton visited the UEA Surgical Society’s meeting.
The conference took place on the UEA campus in Norwich, and included a teaching faculty led by 16 consultants, registrars and junior doctors.
On the first day delegates were divided into small groups where they were able to learn and develop a range of practical skills such as cannulation, suturing, intubation, tracheostomy and chest drain insertion. A variety of seminars covered subjects such as the general management of burns, fractures and head/spinal injuries. More specialised seminars included battlefield trauma and MAJAX (major accident) responses.
The highlight of the day was a keynote lecture on multiple trauma management by Mr Amratlal Patel, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital and current President of the British Trauma Society.
“The Conference was a great opportunity for students to learn about trauma management through a variety of practical sessions and seminars”
The second day saw delegates put through their paces in different trauma simulations, with volunteers from the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS) adorned in gory make-up for dramatic effect! Also, delegates were able to try state-of-the-art simulation equipment including an ultrasound-guided chest drain decompressor and a FAST (Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma) scan, both used to detect internal bleeding as part of Advanced Trauma Life Support. This equipment was kindly provided by Limbs & Things.
Angelo Photi, President of UEA Surgical Society, said: “The Trauma Conference was a great opportunity for students to learn about trauma management through a variety of practical sessions and seminars on day-one. Delegates were then able to put into practice what they learnt through a series of different trauma simulations on day-two.”
The Trauma Conference ended with a case presentation from Mr Ben Davis, Consultant in Orthopaedic Trauma at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. This was followed by the presentation of a cheque for £700 to NARS chairman Dr Tony Press, raised from all the proceeds of the Trauma Conference.
Given the success of the Trauma Conference, the UEA Surgical Society is keen to make it an annual event. The current committee is already compiling an online feedback questionnaire to make the next conference bigger and better.
The UEA Surgical Society would like to give special thanks to all sponsors including: The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Limbs and Things, the MDU, the MPS, BD, the BMA, Pastest, onExamination, Wesleyan, Oxford University Press, Elsevier and Fresh Tissue Supplies.
For further information on past/upcoming events by the UEA Surgical Society please visit: www.ueasurgicalsociety.org.uk
Further information on the NARS charity can be found on: www.nars.uk.com
Trauma Conference Organising Committee:
- Adeline Rankin
- Ahmad Ali
- Angelo Photi
- Ben Sharpe
- Caroline Anderson
- Kenneth Woo
- Kris Owden
- Martin Ball
- Emma David