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Extreme medicine and new technologies

Technologies developed by HTCs that could be used in extreme environments or countries with poorly-funded healthcare systems were presented at a global expo in October. The presentation, at the World Extreme Medicine Conference and Expo, was coordinated and led by the Colorectal HTC and showcased innovations from all six NIHR-funded HTCs.

Now in its fourth year, the Conference aims to challenge thinking, build bridges and share new and more effective approaches to medical practice in the world’s most remote and austere locations. The event focused on four related medical fields: pre-hospital, disaster & humanitarian, expedition, and extreme medicine.

The presentation by the Trauma, Brain Injury, Woundcare, Devices4Dignity, Colorectal and Cardiovascular HTCs formed part of the event’s biomedicine and biotechnologies stream. The technologies showcased included portable brain scanners, the use of eggshell membranes to improve wound healing and management of kidney dialysis in the home. Dr Candice Downey spoke on behalf of the Colorectal HTC about remote monitoring of patient’s vital signs following surgery.

“It was great to have all six HTCs pulling together to present such interesting projects,” said Colorectal HTC Programme Manager, Dr Neville Young. “We were grateful to everyone for making our job of coordinating the workshop so easy, particularly those who stepped in at short notice to ensure the event could go ahead.”