Annual Emergency Medicine Conference 2012 (AEMC 2012)

Venue: Aga Khan University Hospital

Location: Karachi, Pakistan

Event Date/Time: Apr 26, 2012 End Date/Time: Apr 27, 2012
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About AEMC

The Annual Emergency Medicine Conference (AEMC) 2012 focuses on emergency medical response and community preparedness in various types of disasters. The Conference provides clinicians, public health professionals, decision-makers, academics and students an opportunity to gain familiarity with basic disaster-based terminology, core foundations of disaster response and critical issues in managing natural and man-made disasters.

The aim of the Conference is not only to dene the problems from a Pakistani perspective but also to foster discussion on emergency response best practices, issues related to search and rescue and first responders, emergency management, research perspectives,
capacity development and health system management during disasters.

Leading professionals from the elds of risk management and resilience will be on hand during the Conference providing an opportunity for health care professionals as well as the public and private sectors to
engage and interact in meaningful dialogue. Participants will also include national and international decision-makers who shape regional disaster response and pre-hospital care policies. Pre and post-conference workshops will provide the ideal platform for discussions
on best practices according to lessons learned in the light of challenges faced by Pakistan.


Core foundations of disaster medical response This session is designed to familiarise the audience with basic disaster-based terminology, phases of the disaster cycle and components of disaster response. The session will also oer an insight on natural hazard analysis and risk assessment of Pakistan. Discussions will also focus on components of humanitarian response during disasters.

Natural and man-made disasters. Two parallel sessions are planned, one on natural disasters such as earthquakes and oods, while the other on man-made disasters such as biological, chemical and nuclear violence. The sessions are aimed at providing in-depth knowledge of disaster related mass-casualty management as well as an understanding of natural disasters and their geographical aspects. Issues related to challenges such as internally displaced and mobile
populations in complex humanitarian emergencies will also be addressed.

Search and rescue – saving lives in the aftermath of a
disaster. Search and rescue operations are the foundation of any
disaster-related early response system. The session will focus on fundamentals of early response, complications related to delays in search and rescue as well as the role of rst responders and emergency medical personnel in the evacuation and triage of victims.

Working without a functioning health care system. The most important challenge after disasters is to restore the health care system within a community where basic infrastructure has been severely damaged. This session will focus on issues related to systems for minimizing injuries, suering and loss of life that accompanies a disaster. Also highlighted will be aspects involved in
building resilient communities to better cope with disasters.

Disaster research and capacity development. Two separate sessions will identify needs in research and capacity building, pertinent to low-income settings where disasters are common. The aim is to provide a
framework for human and technical capacity development to improve disaster response and promote evidence based planning for risk mitigation.

Using technology for disaster medical response. This session will introduce technological advances made in disaster risk reduction as well as innovative solutions for the difficult phase of search and rescue, such as early warning systems and geographic information systems.