June 12, 2018

10:00–12:00 EHAC Board Meeting
16:00–18:00 EHAC General Assembly
18:00 Get Together Drink

June 13, 2018


9:00–9:30 Welcome Address and Opening of Conference
Speakers: Minister of Health
President of EHAC
Local Host Robert Galazkowski
9:30–10:00 This Is What It's All About; The Kayak Accident at Ottsjö
Speakers: Bjørn Carlsen, Eivinn Årdal Skjærseth, Lukas Olsen
10:00–10:20 The Essentials of International Professional Networking - It Is All For The Patient
Speaker: Wolfgang G. Voelckel
10:20–10:40 Improved Medical Care Through Aviation
Speaker: Erik Normann
10:40–11:10 Coffee/Tea Break
11:10–11:30 Human Resourses - The Key to Success in HEMS
Speaker: Bernd Lang
11:30–11:50 The Paradox of Safety in the Air Ambulance (20)
Speaker: Stephen Sollid
11:50–12:10 The Paradox of Workspace in the HEMS Helicopter 
Speaker: Jostein Hagemo, Even Wøllo
12:10–12:30 Disruptive Innovation
Speaker: Jaap Hatenboer
12:30–13:30 Lunch

Breakaway Sessions A

Session 1A - Operational Quality Improvement

Chair: Bernd Lang, Richard Lyon

13:30–13:45 Management System in HEMS
Speaker: Günter Schindl
13:45–14:00 QM standardisation & certification programmes in HEMS
Speaker: Stefan Becker
14:00–14:15 Risk Assessment in the Operational HEMS Environment
Speaker: Bjarte Ellingsen
14:15–14:30 Fatigue Risk Management in the HEMS; Comparative Results On Sleepiness Between Norwegian and Austrian Pilots 
Speaker: Tine Almenning Eide
14:30–14:45 Sum Up
14:45–15:00 Coffee/Tea Break

Breakaway Sessions B

Session 1B - Accidental Hypothermia

Chair: Wolfgang G. Voelckel, Bo Conneryd

13:30–13:45 Accidental Hypothermia - the Physiology
Speaker: Peter Paal
13:45–13:55 Accidental Hypothermia - The Pharmacokinetics
Speaker: Erik S. Dietrichs
13:55–14:05 Accidental Hypothermia - The Polish Perspective
Speaker: Tomasz Darocha, Sylweriusz Kosiński
14:05–14:15 Accidental Hypothermia - The Norwegian Perspective
Speaker: Lars Jacobsen
14:15–14:45 Sum Up 
Speaker: All
14:45–15:00 Coffee/Tea Break


Session 1 - Prehospital CT-Scanning in STROKE


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Meet the Expert

Session 1 - Violence in HEMS

Chair: Mårten Sandberg

13:30 – 14:45 Violence Toward Rescue Personnel
Expert: Kevin Hutton
New Trauma Threats; Stabbings, Acids, Blasts
Expert: Anne Weaver
Encounter with the Unknown
Expert: Pål Christian Nesfossen
Panel Discussion
Expert: All


Breakaway Sessions A

Session 2A - Medical Interiors & Equipment

Chair: Greg Ohlsson

15:00–15:15 Is the Know-How or the Equipment Decisive? Doctors' Point of View
Speaker: Stephen Sollid
15:15–15:30 The Operator's Point of View
Speaker: Wolfgang Burger
15:30–15:45 The Manufacturer's Point of View
Speaker: Nicole Kuntner-Hudson / Mike McKenzie
15:45–16:00 Fitting the Doctor's Needs into the Regulations - the Norwegian Experience
Speaker: Anders Aa
16:00-16:30 Coffee/Tea Break

Breakaway Sessions B

Session 2B - Terrorist Attacks

Chair: Anne Weaver, Ondrej Franek

15:00–15:15 The US Perspective
Speaker: Kevin Hutton
15:15–15:30 The Paris Perspective
Speaker: Lionel Lamhaut
15:30–15:45 The London Perspective
Speaker: David Lockey
15:45–16:00 Sum Up
16:00-16:30 Coffee/Tea Break


Session 2 - Ultrasound in HEMS

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Meet the Expert

Session 2 - Age 60 in HEMS - Friend or Foe?

Chair: Reinhard Kraxner

15:00 – 16:00 Age 60+ HEMS Pilots; The Polish Medical Air Rescue Point of View
Speakers: Dariusz Tatarowski, Robert Gałązkowski
The Legal Point of View
Speaker: Joachim Janezic
The European Aviation Safety Agency's View
Speaker: Georges Rebender
Results of the Age 60 Study - Then What?
Speaker: Britta Herbig

Breakaway Sessions A

Session 3A - HEMS Challenges – Conquering the Weather & High Altitudes

Chair: Erik Normann, Philipp Stein

16:30 – 17:30 Sixteen Years of HEMS IFR Operations in Norway – Lessons Learned
Speaker: Lars Amdal
Assessment for the Deicing Equipped HEMS Helicopter in Northern Finland
Speakers: FinnHEMS Jari Pirnes, Ilkka Pulkkinen, Ari Rissanen
Critical Care Medevac in Bhutan: the Loading of Critical Patients in Hover at High Altitude - Solutions to Hard Problems
Speaker: Charles Mize
New Frontiers in Alpine Helicopter Rescue
Speaker: Wolfgang G. Voelckel

Breakaway Sessions B

Session 3B - Massive Bleeding

Chair: Jostein Hagemo, Hans Morten Lossius

16:30–16:45 Code Red in HEMS 
Speaker: Anne Weaver
16:45–17:00 Hemostatic Resuscitation in Trauma 
Speaker: Herbert Schöchl
17:00–17:15 Advances in Fluid Resuscitation of Uncontrolled Hemorrhage 
Speaker: Dan Hankins
17:15–17:30 The Role of Drugs in Prehospital Management of Massive Bleeding 
Speaker: Herbert Schöchl


Session 3 - Ultrasound in HEMS

16:30 – 17:30  (2nd Group)
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Meet the Expert

Session 3 - Hot Topics for Discussion

Speaker: Stephen Sollid, Matthias Ruppert

16:30 – 17:30 Assessment of Futility in Out-of- Hospital Cardiac Arrest – Impact on Utstein Reporting
Expert: Piritta Setälä
Mechanical CPR in Air Rescue - one part of a system to safe a live
Expert: Jan-Thorsten Gräsner
Current Kent, Surrey & Sussex HEMS Research: Hot Topics
Expert: Richard Lyon
Cooperation Between a Tertiary Paediatric Hospital and The Air Ambulance Service
Expert: Marek Migdał
18:00 transfer to dinner place
19:00 Airbus Helicopters welcome drink
19:15 dinner

June 14, 2018


Chair: Hans Morten Lossius, Reinhard Kraxner

8:00–8:20 How Safe Are We? A Re-Appraisal of the Latest Accidents in HEMS
Speaker: Klaus Egger
8:20–8:40 Prehospital Trauma Care - Where Are We Heading? 
Speaker: David Lockey
8:40–9:00 The Role of Fixed Wing
Speaker: Péter Túri
9:00–9:30 Coffee/Tea Break

Breakaway Sessions A

Session 4A - Point of Care

Chair: Dider Moens, Eirik Franer

9:30–9:45 Point of Care ECMO in Cardiac Arrest
Speaker: Lionel Lamhaut
9:45–10:00 Prehospital Point of Care in STROKE
Speaker: Kristi Bache
10:00–10:15 Prehospital Point of Care Ultrasound - POCUS
Speaker: Lars Knudsen
10:15–10:30 Prehospital Point of Care in massive bleeding
Speaker: Herbert Schöchl
10:30–11:00 Panel Discussion
11:00–11:15 Coffee/Tea Break

Breakaway Sessions B

Session 4B - Flight Ops Challenges - Primary Night Missions

Chair: Daan Remie, Mårten Sandberg

09:30 – 11:00 Polish Medical Air Rescue. HEMS Operations at Night; Current Experiences and the Future
Speaker: Jan Paluch
Ten years of permitted NVG Operations in Australian HEMS/SAR – The Big Lessons
Speaker: Greg Ohlsson
Community Helipads - A New Concept in Extending Day and Night HEMS Operations
Speaker: Julian Spiers
30 Years of Experience in Primary NVG Missions – Lessons Learned
Speaker: Walter Schneibel
Panel Discussion



Session 4 - Prehospital Advanced Airway Management (PHAAM)


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Session 4 - Advanced Surgical Procedures in HEMS - Future or Futile?

Chair: David Lockey 

9:30-9:45 Implementation of Advanced Surgical Procedures in HEMS Based on the Polish Air Rescue Experience
Expert: Adam Hodakowski
9:45-10:00 Implementation of Advanced Surgical Procedures in HEMS Based on the London’s Air Ambulance Experience
Expert: Anne Weaver
10:00-10:15 Implementation of Advanced Surgical Procedures in HEMS Based on the Hungarian Air Ambulance Experience
Expert: László Hetzman
10:15-10:30 Implementation of Advanced Surgical Procedures in HEMS Based on the Rega, Swiss Air Ambulance, Experience
Expert: Philipp Stein


Breakaway Sessions A

Session 5A - Poster Session

Chair: Pavel Müller, Mårten Sandberg

11:15-12:15 Five to ten posters to be presented

Call for Posters

There will be a Poster Session as part of the Scientific Program for the AIRMED 2018 World Congress. In addition to medical and aviation topics, authors are welcome to submit presentations on useful tools, equipment and software apps that can make our work in HEMS and Air Ambulance easier and more efficient.

Applications must be submitted by 30th March 2018 to Kirsti Strømmen Holm at

The finalists will be chosen for the Poster Session at the Congress and authors will receive free Congress registration.

All Poster Session applicants will be notified by 27th April 2018 as to the outcome of their submission.


Breakaway Sessions B

Session 5B - Medical Competencies in HEMS: How Can We Improve?

Chair: Stephen Sollid, Bernd Lang

11:15-11:30 Competencies in the HEMS World - Results of the EHAC survey
Speaker: Ákos Sóti
11:30-11:45 Physician Training & Recurrent Training
Speaker: Matthias Ruppert
11:45-12:00 Introduction Training & Recurrent Training in Practice
Speaker: Jens Stubager Knudsen
12:00-12:15 Medical Quality Indicators in HEMS
Speaker: Andreas Krüger


Session 5 - Prehospital Advanced Airway Management (PHAAM) continues


Meet the Expert

Session 5 - Is HEMS dispatched in time to the right patients? How can we improve?

Moderator: Ondrej Franek

11:15 – 12:15  Expert: Christof Constantin Chwojka
Expert: Kevin Hutton
Expert: Lars Jacobsen
Expert: Erica Ley
Expert: Jakub Borkowski


Breakaway Sessions A

Session 6A - Prehospital Advanced Airway Management

Chair: László Hetzman


EHAC Best Practice Advice - Prehospital Advanced Airway Management
Speaker: Kate Crewdson

13:30–13:45 Is Prehospital Advanced Airway Management in TBI Associated with Improved Outcome
Speaker: Antti Kämäräinen
13:45–14:00 Videolaryngoscopy - Moving Prehospital Advanced Airway Management to a Higher Level?
Speaker: Wolfgang G. Voelckel
14:00–14:15 Apneic oxygenation - When, Why and How
Speaker: Attila Eröss
14:15–14:30 Providing Prehospital Advanced Airway Management With an Inhospital Standard
Speaker: Mikael Gellerfors
14:30–14:45 Prehospital Advanced Airway Management from London to Budapest
Speaker: Péter Temesvári
14:45–15:15 Coffee/Tea Break

Breakaway Sessions B

Session 6B - Improving by Training

Chair: Bernd Lang, Matthias Ruppert

13:15–13:30 Evidence Based Training in the HEMS Environment
Speaker: Oliver Rodriguez
13:30–13:45 The Concept of LOSA and Its Application in HEMS 
Speaker: Michael Benton
13:45–14:00 Ten Golden Rules to Optimise Learning from Medical Simulation for the Prehospital Emergency Medical Environment
Speaker: Anna Bichmann
14:00–14:15 Effects of ACRM Training Interventions on Safety Attitude 
Speaker: Bernd Lang
14:15–14:30 Assessment of ACRM in the Operational Environment 
Speakers: Gepco Ruitenberg, Bo Conneryd
14:30-14:45 Implementing Aeromedical CRM in Fixed-Wing Air Ambulance
Speaker: Johan Ener


Session 6 - Night Vision Goggles


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Session 6 - Sponsored Session

Chair: Pavel Müller


Chair: Hans Morten Lossius, Reinhard Kraxner

15:15–15:45 Lesson Learned – Conference Sum Up
Speakers: Eivinn Årdal Skjærseth / Wolfgang G. Voelckel
Bjørn Carlsen / Bernd Lang
Lukas André Bøgle Olsen / Pavel Müller
15:45–16:00 Closing Remarks and Announcement of AIRMED 2021
EHAC President
Host AIRMED 2021

Registration is now closed.