Founded in 1990, AFFIMER is dedicated to promoting research and public education by obtaining scientific and cultural information through international mountaineering expeditions. The foundation has helped fund important mountaineering expeditions around the world since its incorporation, including the historic 1999 Mallory and Irvine Research Expedition, which located and positively identified the remains of George Leigh Mallory on Mount Everest.
For over 25 years, the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) has been dedicated to supporting the guiding community through excellence in education, standards and certification to enhance the quality of services provided to the public, while serving as a resource for accessing and protecting the natural environment.
In early 1977 Prof A R Bradwell conceived the idea of a Himalayan trek, coupled with medical research on the effects of altitude, and set about collecting some like-minded individuals. During that spring and summer, evening meetings were held in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham to assemble the team, design research projects, make contact with a trekking company and airline, and get ideas for raising money.
The European Association of Surfing Doctors, with its partners SurfAid International, and Surfrider Foundation will be holding its first annual conference on surfing medicine in Sagres, Portugal, from June 8-10, 2012. Application for this conference is open to all doctors and medical students interested in surfing-related medicine.
The program includes hot items in surfing and wilderness medicine, an opening BBQ on the beach, two surfing sessions per day and the first “Surfing Championship for Doctors”. Presentations will be given by internationally renowned speakers for an European audience of doctors of different disciplines, ranging from dermatologists to expedition medics, and from ophtalmologists to emergency physicians. For more information please visit www.surfingdoctorseurope.com. See you in Sagres!
The European Association of Surfing Doctors (www.surfingdoctorseurope.com)
Aims and Objectives:
To set and maintain standards of practice in pre-hospital care.
To promote education in and teaching of pre-hospital care
To initiate technical developments and research in pre-hospital care
To integrate effectively the efforts of all participants in pre-hospital care, and to harmonise and facilitate the onward management of the sick and injured.
London’s Air Ambulance is a registered charity which runs London’s only helicopter emergency medical service, providing life saving care to victims of serious injury throughout London - serving the 10 million people who live, work and commute within the M25.
Based at the Royal London Hospital and founded in 1989, the service is unique in that it operates 24/7, with the helicopter running in daylight hours and rapid response cars taking over at night. The Team, which at all times includes a senior trauma doctor and a specially trained paramedic, attends an average of seven missions every 24 hours.
We have a predicted annual turnover of £106million for 2010/11. We employ more than 2,000 staff and receive, prioritise and respond to over 360,000 emergency and urgent incidents per annum.
Of these incidents over 110,000 are immediately life threatening and require an 8 minute response time. Alongside this there are 10 other clinical quality indicators which are aimed at judging care on its quality, not just how quickly an ambulance arrives. Click here to read more about our quality indicators.
The A&E service also provides a 120 to 240 minute transport service for General Practitioners for up to 65,000 patients per annum, transporting those who require direct admission to hospital following a GP assessment.
The Scandinavian Networking Group for Trauma and Emergency Management (SCANTEM) is the successor of Nordic Trauma forum (NTF)
The initiative to the Nordic Trauma Forum was taken by a group of participants at the Trauma Care 2002 Congress in Stavanger. A number of medical specialities including surgeons, anaesthesiologists, neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons were represented; as well as nurses with different specialities.
In furtherance of the above objectives, the Association arranges an Annual Scientific Meeting. The main purposes of the meeting are:
i. to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of research in the field of aviation medicine;
ii. to provide a forum for the exchange of information on all aspects of aviation medicine; and
iii. to contribute to the continuing medical education of the members of the Association, in particular the requirements and physical standards for licensing of flight crew and other aviation related personnel as outlined in the Air Navigation Order.
The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) is the National representative body for staff caring for medical patients in the acute hospital setting.
Formed in 2000, SAM was established at a time when the concepts of ‘Acute Medicine’ and the ‘Acute Medical Unit’ (AMU) were in their infancy. Since that time things have moved forward considerably – most hospitals now have an AMU and Acute Medicine has been approved as a speciality in its own right. Large numbers of specialist ‘acute physicians’ have been appointed to drive forward changes in the management of patients on the AMU, and several hundred specialist registrars are now training on the newly approved Curriculum in Acute Internal Medicine.
Since we were formed in 2006, we have consistently been one of the top performing ambulance Trusts in the country. We have been recognised as Ambulance Service of the Year on four occasions and last year 20010-11, were the only Trust in the country to achieve all four of the national performance standards.
We have a budget of over £180 million per annum, employ approximately 4,000 staff and operate from over 50 ambulance stations and other bases across the region. The average age of our fleet is, for the first time, now under five years old. In total we use over 800 vehicles including ambulances, response cars, non-emergency ambulances and specialist vehicles.