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Case history: Saving lives in Prague at the 13th EUSEM Congress

Doctors and rescue workers dealing with life-threatening scenarios met in record numbers at the 13th Congress of the European Society for Emergency Medicine (EUSEM) in Prague last month.

More than 2,500 specialists filled the Prague Congress Centre, 12-16th October, with the biggest delegations coming from the USA and UK, where the specialty is more than 50 years’ old.

The Czech Republic was one of the four most represented countries with 140 delegates.

Resuscitation

Speakers spoke on a range of subjects related to emergency patient care, including best practice, the latest diagnostic methods, and also how to forge a career in the field of emergency medicine.

Presentations on emergency resuscitation, how to be a good leader in a crisis, and how to deal with demand in emergency care systems were the most popular according to delegate feedback.

“We also received excellent feedback on the morning run, organized for the first time in the EUSEM Congress history, as well as exhibition of art photos taken by prof. Jindřich Štreit at the emergency departments,” says MUDr. Jana Šeblová, local ambassador of the Congress.

EUSEM was celebrating its 25th anniversary in Prague, where the society was founded in 1994, by, among others, Czech doctors MUDr. Pavol Getlík and MUDr. Roman Gřegoř, MBA.

Record attendance

Roman Muška, managing director of Prague Convention Bureau, says:  “It is our great pleasure, that EUSEM chose Prague for its 25th anniversary Congress. We are all the more pleased by the record attendance at this event. The congress welcomed 2,502 delegates, which is the highest number in its entire history, and what is more, all previous EUSEM presidents also attended the congress.”

EUSEM is a non-profit scientific organisation whose aim is to promote and foster the concept and philosophy emergency medicine throughout Europe. Originally a society of individuals,  since 2005 EUSEM also incorporates a Federation which includes 30 European national societies of emergency medicine.

This year’s congress including a public photo exhibition by Professor Jindřich Štreit (pictured below right) of patients being treated in accident and emergency units.

Irreplaceable role

Šeblová concludes: “Emergency medicine plays an irreplaceable role. For example, last year, over one million patients – almost one in ten Czech citizens – were treated during emergency runs of EMS in the Czech Republic. Organizing EUSEM Congress in Prague allowed local Czech doctors and rescuers to deepen their knowledge and share the latest findings with their colleagues from abroad. I would like to thank all those participating in organization of the Prague EUSEM Congress, including about eighty volunteers from the Czech Republic and abroad.”