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TVAA and SCAS staff perform a thoracotomy demonstration


Thames valley air ambulance learning & development symposium

On Monday 6th January, we launched our inaugural Learning & Development symposium, ‘Beyond the Basics.’

Pre-hospital practitioners from across the Thames Valley were invited to take part in a series of educational lectures and interactive workshops, including a live thoracotomy demonstration using a high fidelity manikin.

‘Beyond the Basics’

The Oxfordshire Hotel, 6th January 2020.

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Patient Experience: the Value of PHEM (Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine) from the Patient’s Perspective.

Speakers: Patient Liaison Manager Adam Crosby, doctor Chloe Spence and former patient Paul Dilley.

Silver Trauma: When Minor Incidents Lead to Major Injuries.

Speaker: Doctor Ed Norris

Performance Under Pressure

Speaker: Critical Care Paramedic Benjamin Watts

Doing the Basics Well: The Structured Approach to Excellent Patient Care

Speaker: Doctor Stewart McMorran

TVAA and SCAS staff perform a thoracotomy demonstration
TVAA and SCAS staff perform a thoracotomy demonstration

Our #TVAALND audience were treated to a thoracotomy demonstration over lunch, with medical staff from Thames Valley Air Ambulance and SCAS completing the procedure.

The audience watch the thoracotomy from above. This surgical procedure involves gaining rapid access to the heart and major blood vessels through a chest incision to control bleeding or other life-threatening heart and lung injuries.

The high fidelity manikin allows our clinicians to undertake immersive surgical training in the prehospital environment.

Made from silicone, the PROSIMBODIES thoracotomy trainer is a procedural and repairable manikin that can reused time and time again.

The event included a broad range of interesting lectures including; silver trauma, performance under pressure and patient experience.

Over 150 pre-hospital practitioners attended the event, which included a plenary Q&A session at the end of the day.

Attendees were invited to give their feedback on the symposium through interviews.

A variety of interactive workshops including; airway management, major haemorrhage control, advanced life support and breaking bad news.

Over £300 was raised from a raffle, with prizes donated from Leatherman UK, OLight Torches and Klean Kanteen