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The Importance of the Cardiac Arrest Symposium

Hundreds of critical care paramedics, doctors and nurses working in pre-hospital medicine, emergency medicine and critical care attended our recent Cardiac Arrest Symposium. Delegates heard how to improve cardiac arrest care at a personal, team and institutional level from a range of expert speakers. The conference is part of our commitment to share knowledge and collaborate for greater impact on the communities we serve and beyond.

Virtual access was provided for free as the symposium aimed to make those already involved and confident in cardiac arrest management able to deliver the best cardiac arrest care for their patients.  We are incredibly proud to have hosted this event, given the difference we hope it will have for patients.

Part of our strategy, launched earlier this year, sets out our vision to ensure our people are skilled, supported, motivated and proud of the difference we make. We aim to be an outstanding provider of clinical education and this symposium is a step in the right direction.

Amanda McLean, Chief Executive at Thames Valley Air Ambulance

The symposium was led by Dr James Raitt, Thames Valley Air Ambulance Research Lead, who spoke on defibrillation strategies. Other highlights from the morning included talks from internationally renowned speakers on teamwork and non-technical skills, when to stop resuscitation, haemodynamic guided CPR and post-ROSC care. Those who attended in-person, took part in workshops on ultrasound in cardiac arrest, airway management, high fidelity simulations and vascular access.

 Thank you to everyone who joined, both virtually and in-person, and to our incredible speakers.