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New Articles from Prehospital and Disaster Medicine

Impact of Smart Glasses on Patient Care Time in Emergency Medical Services Ambulance
A recently published study examines how smart glasses provide a more accurate assessment of patient’s medical conditions during transportation. The primary goal of this study is to compare the duration of patient care in an ambulance with and without smart glasses. The study demonstrated that among the 256 EMS operations, the average patient care time in the smart glasses group (N=128) was 10.07 minutes, compared to 5.10 minutes in the control group, indicating a significant difference. Using smart glasses in EMS operations increases patient care time in the ambulance. Furthermore, smart glasses enabled efficient real-time two-way communication between the ambulance and the hospital. Read more…

Ethical Decision Making in Disaster and Emergency Management: A Systematic Review of the Literature
Ethical decision-making in disaster and emergency management requires more than good intentions; it also asks for careful consideration and an explicit, systematic approach. This article explores what ethical guidance informs decision-making in disaster and emergency management. The study found evidence of ethical guidance to inform decision-making in disaster management in the humanitarian system based on humanitarian principles. Read more…

Listen to the Cybersecurity and Health Care Podcast

WADEM · Cybersecurity and Health Care – Richard Staynings & Dr. Christian Dameff

Special guests, Richard Staynings and Dr. Christian Dameff join Dr. Ryan Hata for an in-depth discussion about the emerging threat of cyber attacks on health care systems worldwide.

Thank You to All the Delegates who Joined Us in Killarney in May!

More than 650 delegates from over 46 countries gathered at the Killarney Convention Centre in May for WADEM’s first in-person congress in four years to present their research, exchange ideas and experiences, and (re)connect with friends and colleagues. Special thanks to Lord Nigel Crisp, Dr. Saleh Fares Al-Ali, Dr. Ronan Glynn, Prof. Virginia Murray, Prof. Tony Redmond, and Flavio Salio for their plenary presentations.

WADEM would especially like to thank all the delegates, many of whom traveled long distances, for joining us Killarney! The wide variety of professions and nationalities represented truly make the congress a dynamic event. Several photo albums have been put together from the congress and can accessed using the following link –

We hope you will be able to join us in two years where the congress will take place in the bustling metropolis of Tokyo from 2-6 May 2025. It has been more than a decade since the congress took place in Asia (Beijing 2011) and will be the second time in Japan (Osaka 1999).