Improving global prehospital and emergency health care, public health, and disaster health and preparedness

Toronto, Canada – 2017

This year’s Congress will be WADEM’s 20th biennial meeting of global experts to exchange knowledge and best practices on prehospital and in-hospital emergency medical care, disaster health and response, and emergency public health and safety.

The WADEM Congress is one of the largest inter-professional gatherings worldwide hosting delegates from over 50 countries in addition to participation from organizations such as World Health Organization, International Red Cross/Crescent, Médecins Sans Frontières, Evidence Aid, US National Library of Medicine, and more.

Registration Desk Hours:

Monday, 24 April: 13:00 – 18:00
Tuesday, 25 April: 07:00 – 18:30
Wednesday, 26 April : 07:00 – 17:00
Thursday, 27 April: 07:00 – 17:00
Friday, 28 April: 08:00 – 13:00

Congress Exhibit Hall Hours (Frontenac Room):

Tuesday, 25 April: 13:00 – 20:00
Wednesday, 26 April : 09:30 – 16:30
Thursday, 27 April: 09:30 – 16:30

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*Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

Congress Dinner Cruise – Empress of Canada

Empress of Canada

Wednesday, 26 April – 18:30-22:00

Enjoy spectacular views of the Toronto Skyline at night while relaxing and networking with colleagues and friends. This year’s Congress dinner will feature a cruise of the Harbourfront and Toronto Islands aboard the Empress of Canada! Dinner will be buffet style and include a wide variety of food options.

Tickets for the dinner are $110 USD and can still be purchased through the Congress registration system. Dress code is business casual.

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Featured Congress Sessions

The Congress will feature more than 600 abstract presentations (oral and poster) covering more than 20 thematic areas. Additionally, there are more than 40 non-abstract activities, two pre-Congress Courses (AHLS and POCUS), and one post-Congress research workshop.

Implementing the Sendai Framework
Thursday, 27 April
Metropolitan East

The Sendai Framework and its relation to health was discussed at the WADEM Congress 2015. This panel is focussed on furthering discussion on the implementation of the Sendai Framework within the public health context. Specifically, the WHO Thematic Platform for Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management Research Group will be emphasized.

Examples on the focus for implementation include ensuring coherence and alignment of national, regional, and global DRR frameworks and those related to emergency and disaster risk management for health such as the International Health Regulations (2005) and the Global Health Security Agenda.

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Session Presenters:

  • 12:05 – Welcome and Introductions – Yasmin Khan, Chair
  • 12:10 – Health aspects perspective on Sendai implementation and WHO Thematic Platform for Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management Research Group – Virginia Murray, Consultant in Global Disaster Risk Reduction Public Health England
  • 12:15 – WHO Africa Perspective on Sendai Implementation – Ngoy Nsenga – WHO Disaster Risk Management, WHO-AFRO
  • 12:20 – WHO Perspective of Successes and Challenges – Jonathan Abrahams, WHO HQ
  • 12:25 – Discussion
  • 12:45 – Wrap Up – Yasmin Khan, Chair

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Pediatric Disaster Medicine Around the World
Thursday, 27 April
Bay Room

Children are often the most visible victims of natural or manmade disasters. Despite their prominence in disaster imagery and awareness, academic work and policy often fail to address children’s vulnerabilities or unique healthcare needs.

The purpose of this moderated plenary is to see how different regions around the world care for children while preparing for, mitigating, responding to, and recovering from disasters.

This unique opportunity to hear from leading experts in the field of pediatric disaster preparedness is not to be missed!

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Confirmed Moderators:

  • Dr. Tudor Codreanu; Senior Medical Practitioner Emergency Medicine, Visiting Professor Disaster Medicine, South West Health Campus, West Australia;
  • Dr. Elene Khalil; Montreal Children’s Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre and a member of CEEP – The Centre for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness;
  • Prof. Bar-On Elhanan; Sackler Medical School – Tel Aviv University, Head of Pediatric Orthopedics in Schneider Children’s Medical Center, Israel.

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Canadian Red Cross: From Syria to Canada
Tuesday, 25 April
Metropolitan West

The physical and mental health and dignity of people affected by crises must be at the centre of global refugee response.This plenary will convene to advance learning in service coordination and delivery to populations facing forced displacement. The panel will explore the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) engagement with Syrian populations in five countries and on a Mediterranean service ship along the continuum-of-care from Syria to Canada.

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Data arising from CRC end of mission (EOM) reports (n=8) and CRC Syria Response Evaluation will be discussed, further enriched by the operational experiences of deployed technical personnel and front-line service providers in Canada.

A Syrian who journeyed from Syria to Canada will outline his/her recommendations for improving service coordination and delivery from the perspective of a service-user.

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Wisdom of the Crowd
Tuesday, 25 April
Metropolitan East

Responding to any emergency situation may be challenged by a gap between the needs of the affected population in relation to the immediately available resources. A major gap that may be encountered is competent responders that can provide life-saving procedures, at the time and place where they are needed. Wise utilization of crowdsourcing has now been recognized as a vital component of overcoming this gap. This plenary will present three different projects that have been initiated and implemented to maximize the use of the “Wisdom of the Crowd” to save lives.

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The three presented topics will include:

  1. Evidence base (by numbers) presentation of the low efficacy in saving lives by the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams. In recent large scale earthquakes, the number of survivors rescued by USAR teams was very low. The reason for this disappointing outcome is not the quality of the USAR teams. A new paradigm that may increase the rate of survival needs to be established, focusing on  utilization of the “Wisdom of the Crowd.” The logic and potential value in training the population as immediate basic rescuers, the content of the light rescue training program, its influence on the preparedness of the population, and its potential impact on saving lives during earthquakes or other disasters will be presented by Prof. Kobi Peleg.
  2. Battlefield-style injuries are becoming increasingly commonplace on our city streets, especially during mass casualty events. This presentation will introduce audience members to the “Stop the Bleed” campaign, an initiative to increase survival from exsanguinating hemorrhage by engaging laypeople as responders. The discussion briefly describes the campaign’s battlefield roots, its creation and roll-out, and ongoing efforts to teach laypeople to provide lifesaving trauma care before professional help arrives. The “Stop the Bleed” campaign’s potential impact on mass casualty events, as well as the combat casualty care science underpinning its creation will be presented by Dr. Craig Goolsby.
  3. Providing effective prehospital emergency medical services is dependent on the capacity to reach the patient in an extremely short period of time. Magen David Adom, the Israeli National EMS service has designed various initiatives aimed at using crowdsourcing to increase the availability and accessibility of the first responders, including the following: life-guardians were identified, based on individuals that were formerly certified or trained in CPR. These volunteers were retrained in basics such as how to properly conduct chest compressions, use a defibrillator or staunch bleeding, to ascertain their competency and are then connected by an App to the MDA dispatch center so that they may be deployed to any patient that is in their vicinity. Medi-cycles were provided to volunteers, equipped with the most advanced medical equipment, in order to enable competent volunteer first responders to overcome traffic congestion and arrive to a patient’s location rapidly, after being identified by the dispatch center as located closest to the scene. The various initiatives will be presented by Dr. Eli Yaffe.

Confirmed Moderators/Presenters:

  • Dr. Bruria Adini; Academic Coordinator of the Master’s International Program in Emergency & Disaster Management, Tel Aviv University;
  • Dr. Craig Goolsby; Vice Chair of Education of the Uniformed Services University’s (USU) Department of Military and Emergency Medicine; Deputy Director of the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health.
  • Prof. Kobi Peleg; the Head of the Disaster Medicine Department in the Tel Aviv University, Director of the National Center for Trauma & Emergency Medicine Research in the Gertner Institute for Health Policy & Epidemiology;
  • Dr. Eli Yaffe; Director of Public Relations, Training, Volunteers, and Fundraising Division in Magen David Adom.

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Debate: Overcoming Hurdles to Implement an Evidence-Based Approach
13:10-13:50, Tuesday, 25 April
12:10-12:50, Wednesday & Thursday, 26 & 27 April
Metropolitan Centre

The debates will take place over three days and all will share the same Chair, Claire Allen. The debates will build on each other but also can be stand-alone. There will be a 15-minute presentation each day by a key speaker, list of speakers to be confirmed, followed by questions from the Chair to promote what is hoped will be lively audience participation debate.

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Evidence Aid will take notes in order to publish a commentary report of the event afterwards. On each day, the Chair will pose critical questions to the speaker at the end of his/her presentation to lead the audience into the debate.

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Activities of the Pharmacy Workforce in an Emergency: From Chaos to Vision
Thursday, 27 April
Queens Quay

This session will present work done thus far on the roles of pharmacy team members in response to disasters and emergency situations. Through the work done identifying these roles, it quickly became apparent that there is a lack of globally recognized training opportunities to prepare pharmacists and other pharmacy team members for disasters and emergency situations.

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This is true not only for smaller organizations that do not have the resources or expertise to provide their own training, but also for larger organizations which have to spend considerable resources to train their pharmacists. The goal of session is to begin to develop a competency framework, in collaboration with other international organizations, which will be based on the core tasks that will have been identified.

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