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ECREM|talks – “Emergency Medicine in the UAE” with Dr Saleh Fares

ECREM|talks – “Emergency Medicine in the UAE” with Dr Saleh Fares

This episode of ECREM|talks features an insightful discussion on “Emergency Medicine in the UAE”, with guest speaker Dr Saleh Fares, Founder and President of the Emirates Society of Emergency Medicine (ESEM).

Hosts: Mohammad Anzal Rehman, Mohammed Elkum
Follow us: Twitter: @ECREM_UAE
Music by: Dr Basel Debal , @Baseloud

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ESEM Honored at Al Safeer Congress Ambassador Networking Event in Dubai

ESEM Honored at Al Safeer Congress Ambassador Networking Event in Dubai

The Al Safeer Congress Ambassador Program was established by Dubai Business Events (DBE) in 2010 with the aim to engage Dubai based scientists, business professionals, and organizations that can contribute to emboldening Dubai’s growing reputation as a world class business events destination. DBE, a division of the Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, held its annual Congress Ambassador Networking event on 2nd March 2020, honoring members of its ‘Al Safeer’ program for their efforts in helping bring international conferences and events to Dubai.
 
The event took place at the JAFZA One Convention Centre, bringing together over 100 ambassadors, including prominent doctors, scientists, businessmen and government officials from across the Emirates. As hosts of the Asian Conference on Emergency Medicine 2025 (ACEM2025), ESEM received a ceremonial commendation. His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of Dubai Tourism, presented awards to 20 member organizations, including ESEM, for their efforts in driving awareness about Dubai as a thriving business events destination and global knowledge hub.

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ESEM Participates in PATOS

ESEM Participates in PATOS

The Pan-Asia Trauma Outcomes Study (PATOS) was proposed in 2013 and initiated in November 2015 in order to establish a collaborative standardized study to measure the capabilities, processes and outcomes of trauma care throughout Asia. The PATOS is an international, multi-centre, and observational research network to collect trauma cases transported by emergency medical services (EMS) providers.

In these unprecedented circumstances, the 6th PATOS Research workshop was virtually held between the 24th -25th of Aug and ESEM was invited to be part of the program, represented by Dr Omar Ghazanfar. A significant proportion of the discussion was involved in detailing the epidemiology of trauma in the context of COVID-19. Several upcoming webinars were also proposed and discussions were held on ongoing research projects as well as the challenges of research in the current environment.

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H.H. Saif Bin Zayed Launches “Bin Wareeqah Service” for Emergency Cases

H.H. Saif Bin Zayed Launches “Bin Wareeqah Service” for Emergency Cases

Lieutenant-General H.H. Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior has launched the Bin Wareeqah Service which enhances the speed of front-line doctors’ response when they are called up for emergency cases. It is in line with the vision of the UAE’s wise leadership to become the best country in the world in various fields by providing government services that meet the customers’ needs & exceed their expectations.

H.H.Sheikh Saif launched the service in a virtual graduation ceremony of the first batch of doctors who completed a qualification course on the new service. As a tribute to the first sons of the nation who contributed to protecting our society, this service was named after one of the close companions of late Sheikh Zayed, Saeed bin Wareeqah Al Ameri who excelled in folk medicine. 

The service, proposed by a doctor and adopted by the Ministry of Interior, is provided to a certain category of doctors who are called up by hospitals in emergency cases. Through the service, doctors are assisted in reaching hospitals (by their own cars) as quickly as possible while ensuring their safety and the safety of other motorists. It helps doctors to avoid any delays due to traffic congestion and highlights the Ministry of Interior’s keenness on enhancing the response of medical staff to perform vital duties while observing the highest safety standards during an emergency response on their way to their workplaces.

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AHA Releases 2020 Guidelines for Adult Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

AHA Releases 2020 Guidelines for Adult Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

The American Heart Association (AHA) released the updated guidelines for adult basic and advanced cardiac life support in October. The AHA noted that while in-hospital-cardiac arrest outcomes continue to improve, survival from non-traumatic out-of-hospital cardiac arrest has plateaued since 2012. Less than 40% of adults receive layperson-initiated CPR and fewer than 12% have an automated external defibrillator (AED) before EMS arrival.

The new changes in the 2020 version of the guidelines include enhanced algorithms and visual aids to provide easy-to-remember guidance for BLS and ACLS resuscitation. Use of real-time audio-visual feedback, continuous measurements of arterial blood pressure, and end-tidal carbon dioxide during ACLS resuscitation may be useful to improve CPR quality. Early initiation of CPR by lay rescuers and early administration of epinephrine has also been re-emphasized.

The AHA also advocated for a debriefing for lay rescuers, EMS providers, and hospital-based health care workers which may be beneficial for their mental health and well-being. Based on the most recent evidence, the AHA currently does not recommend double sequence defibrillation. For further details and complete updates please visit this link.

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UAE becomes the first Arab nation to pass a ‘Good Samaritan Law’

UAE becomes the first Arab nation to pass a ‘Good Samaritan Law’

Working closely with the Ministry of Health, ESEM proposed a draft for the ‘Good Samaritan Law’ which has been approved by the President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan as federal law. Developed from the international ‘Good Samaritan Law’, it has been tailored for the UAE and states that “no criminal or civil appeal shall be made to any person who has provided, in good faith, assistance or relief to another person who is in an emergency”. It allows bystanders to offer aid in medical emergencies without fear of legal consequences.

ESEM hopes that, with community training in first aid, the outcomes will continue to improve. Receiving widespread public acceptance in the region, the law will boost survival rates and encourage the public to provide assistance before an ambulance arrives as every second matters in life-threatening situations.

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Emergency Medicine Continues to Prosper with Launch of New UAE Residency Programs

Emergency Medicine Continues to Prosper with Launch of New UAE Residency Programs

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD) has announced the initiation of Emergency Medicine Residency training at their institution this year. The addition of successfully recruited candidates in this new program, in addition to the approximately 100 EM residents currently enrolled in existing programs across the UAE, is sure to further augment the rapid growth of Emergency Medicine in the region.

ESEM welcomes the new program and wishes them all the best in their endeavour to bolster the presence and quality of Emergency Medicine training in the country. A reflection of the ongoing demand and opportunity within the field of Emergency Medicine, the existing network of Residency Programs under Rashid Hospital (Dubai), Zayed Military Hospital (Abu Dhabi), Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (Abu Dhabi), Shaikh Shakbout Medical City (Abu Dhabi), Tawam Hospital (Al Ain) and Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), now joined by Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD), continues to foster high quality academic growth and learning for young physicians as they develop their skills and knowledge in Emergency Medicine.

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ICEM21 Preparations in Full Swing

ICEM21 Preparations in Full Swing

ESEM is currently preparing for the 20th International Conference on Emergency Medicine (ICEM21), which will be held virtually from 8th to 12th June 2021. In collaboration with IFEM, ESEM is thrilled to host this prestigious event, and the committees have been working vigilantly towards the theme of “Bringing Emergency Medicine Together”. We truly believe, now more than ever, it is vital for us to join hands to share experiences, knowledge and skills in and around the conference to develop our specialty.

The conference has been comprehensively organized to capture the excellent innovations in Emergency Medicine, primarily in the areas of: Trauma, Emergency Nursing, Career Development, Military Medicine, Fundamentals of EM, Wellness, Administration, ED Operations, Disaster Medicine, Simulation, Sepsis, Cardiovascular, Pediatrics, Imaging, Abdominal, Neurovascular, Psychiatry and other sub-branches related to the field of Emergency Medicine. We are also proud to include ESEM’s special tracks like ‘Pick a Clue’ and ‘The Fulcrum’ debates. Moreover, we are also very focused on improving our participants’ skills by introducing pre-conference workshops on the day before the conference (8th June 2021) which we highly recommend to everyone.

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Over 1500 Delegates from 40+ Countries Make ESEM20 Another Phenomenal Success

Over 1500 Delegates from 40+ Countries Make ESEM20 Another Phenomenal Success

Another successful edition of the Emirates Society of Emergency Medicine Conference (ESEM20) was held virtually from 10-12 December 2020, delivered in a totally revolutionary way. 90+ international and regional experts assembled to discuss various updates in Emergency Medicine and were received by more than 1500 delegates from over 40 countries around the world, maintaining the conference’s reputation as one of the largest Emergency Medicine gatherings in the Middle East.

Some of the highlights of this year’s conference include the approval of the Good Samaritan law in the UAE, Dr Nadeem’s touching Covid-19 recovery journey, the participation of Dr Judith Tintinalli, the introduction of new residency programs in the UAE and the launch of ECREM (Emirates collaboration of residents in emergency medicine).

The program included the plenary, fulcrum, oral and e-poster presentations, journal clubs, networking sessions, corporate symposiums and exhibitions. Delegates and speakers were assigned an online profile upon registration and were available for contact, with meetings held via voice or video call through the event’s platform, harnessing the very latest in networking tools. Participants also had access to recordings of every session until 30 days after the conference. Pre-conference workshops covered topics in Biostatistics, Critical Care, Hospital Disaster Preparedness and Mental Health which generated excellent feedback from the participants. This year, the congress received over 200 research abstracts, perpetuating ESEM’s vision to be a unique global platform for learning and innovation. 

 

ESEM would like to thank all speakers, sponsors and supporters for their continued support in advancing Emergency Medicine in the region. We wish all our readers a happy and prosperous New Year and hope to see you soon at ICEM21!

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