On March 3-4, 2023, Memorial Hermann Health System Integrated Trauma Network hosted the 2023 Red Duke Trauma Symposium at The Westin Houston, Memorial City. For the first time, the Trauma Symposium was held in conjunction with the Red Duke Trauma Institute Orthopedic Trauma Symposium.
Across the two-day event, over 400 prehospital care providers, nurses, advanced practitioners and physicians participated in didactic lectures, case studies and hands-on training provided by leading specialists in acute care general surgery, emergency medicine, orthopedic traumatology and neuro trauma.
Among participants was Chance Brown, quality improvement coordinator for Acadian Ambulance Texas of Humble, Texas, who says, “My first Red Duke Trauma Symposium was nothing short of incredible. The instructors were knowledgeable in current medical trends and gave great tips and tricks on treating trauma patients.”
Attendee Elizabeth Breaux, lieutenant, Fort Bend County EMS, says, “The Memorial Hermann Trauma Symposium really is one of the best conferences around. The selection of topics and doctors that are chosen is always well thought out! I love how the entire staff, from Life Flight to nurses working the event and the doctors, are so personable! I recommend it to all services.”
The first day featured sessions on topics ranging from hemorrhagic shock, prehospital care (including the use of ketamine), pediatric trauma and forensics, to specialty trauma care (including trauma in pregnancy and in the geriatric population), mass casualty and mental health. During the lunch break, participants attended skills stations on difficult airways, FAST exams mega codes and more.
Day two focused on ortho topics and training and featured three multidisciplinary cases on polytrauma. In each, the patient and their prehospital and hospital care providers presented their unique perspectives, followed by a Q&A and panel discussion. Six skills stations, manned by Life Flight crew members and others, enabled participants to improve their knowledge, skills and techniques through hands-on training and simulations.
“The event was a perfect blend of lectures and skills stations that set attendees up to be receptive to interact with the vendors,” says James T. Woodson, MD, chief executive officer of Pulsara. “It was a fantastic opportunity to connect with current prehospital and hospital users to update them on new functionality as well as highlight best practice workflows to make their lives easier. In addition, we had great exposure to downstream hospital care teams in a friendly environment that can help us expand our value throughout the Memorial Hermann Health System.”
Planning is already underway for next year’s events.
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