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Military surgeon showcases Birmingham’s lifesaving battlefield skills at Arab Health 2018

Military surgeon showcases Birmingham’s lifesaving battlefield skills at Arab Health 2018

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An esteemed military surgeon, who helps treat some of the world’s most complex battlefield injuries, will present at Arab Health’s first ever Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Conference.

Colonel Nigel Tai, a Consultant Trauma and Vascular Surgeon, will share his experience from Birmingham’s Edgbaston Medical Quarter (EMQ) – a world leader in battlefield trauma.

In his presentation Col Tai will discuss how military and civilian trauma surgeons and scientists share expertise and research to boost survival rates of those suffering severe trauma.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, run by the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, is a designated Major Trauma Centre and holds the contract to treat all UK injured military personnel evacuated from combat zones overseas.

The area also includes the Centre for Defence Healthcare Engagement (CDHE), who are the forefront of leading and delivering efficient and effective Defence medical healthcare engagement on a national and international stage.

Speaking ahead of the congress, Colonel Tai said:

In Birmingham our specialist teams treat the most complex injuries suffered by victims which includes massive internal bleeding, brain injury, multiple fractures and cardiac failure.

Without this infrastructure and the early interventions received, many of these patients would not have survived and they would not have realized their full potential for rehabilitation and recovery. It’s a pleasure to be able to share the expertise and knowledge that we have gained in Birmingham with an international audience in the Middle East.

New to the Arab Health agenda, the Trauma and Acute Care Surgery conference scientific program aims to improve standards of care for the trauma cases.

With the theme ‘Beating the odds with evidence-based practice’, the conference will also focus on updates in humanitarian military interventions to ensure continuous development and implementation of good practice in the field of military medicine.

Located on the Calthorpe Estate, EMQ has a rapidly growing healthcare and life sciences community, supported by internationally-renowned training and educational facilities. It is fast becoming a ‘go to’ center for clinical trials in addition to general medical and healthcare excellence and already provides over 60% of the healthcare provision for Birmingham.

Within EMQ there are over 180 medical organizations, 80 hospitals and specialist care centers and 44 GP clinics and routine care facilities, along with 23 training facilities. The area also boasts a powerful cluster of advanced research centers, healthcare institutions and academic centers, and has gained a strong reputation for its healthcare and life sciences excellence at a regional, national and international level.

Arab Health will take place from 29 January – 1 February 2018 at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre.  EMQ stand will be located on the UK Pavilion hall 7, stand H7.D50.


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