Highlights From the 2012 Air Medical Transport Conference
Every year, members of the air medical transport community come together for the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC). A record number of people attended this year's conference in Seattle, which featured a full slate of presentations and sessions on the issues that we at MedFlight911 confront every day as an air ambulance provider.
The goal of the AMTC conference is to provide people in the air medical transport community up-to-date information on safety, clinical issues, management, aviation, research, and communications. With over 150 educational sessions and more than 2,500 attendees from around the world, the AMTC is always a jam-packed and exciting three days.
Some highlights from AMTC 2012:
- An opening keynote presentation from John Nance, one of the founders of the National Patient Safety Association
- A closing keynote from Major General (Dr.) Byron C. Hepburn, Commander of the Air Force's 59th Medical Wing, who reviewed the history of the military's use of aeromedical evacuation
- A presentation from Scott Tish on the often-confusing issues of pilot duty time
- A variety of fascinating case studies, including presentations on handling air medical transport for shark bite victims, coping with the unique needs of Amish patients, and backcountry medical transport
- Sessions on global issues, including air medical transport in Afghanistan, Iraq, and South Africa
- A presentation from David Ellis on some of the unique challenges that come with long-distance medical transport – something that we're very familiar with at MedFlight911!
- Several sessions on dealing with specialty and advanced clinical issues, including caring for patients with a high-risk pregnancy, the challenges of providing air medical transport in arctic conditions, and caring for cardiac patients
- A presentation on how air medical providers can cope with medication shortages
- Nearly 170 exhibitors who showed off the latest in air medical transport equipment
As always, this year's conference has provided much food for thought, as well as insights that we can use to better care for our patients. Many thanks to the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), which organizes the conference with the assistance of the Air Medical Physician Association (AMPA), the Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA), the International Association of Flight & Critical Care Paramedics (IAFCCP), the National Association of Air Medical Communication Specialists (NAACS), and the National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA). We're already looking forward to AMTC 2013 in Virginia Beach next October!