Delegations with the highest number of attendees arrived to Prague from the USA and UK, where emergency medicine has more than 50 years’ tradition. 140 Czech delegates attended the international part of the Congress, which made the Czech Republic one of the four most represented countries. Doctors and rescuers had a chance to participate in lectures led by more than 200 experts related to emergency patient care, up-to-date recommendations, diagnostic methods, but also a career in the field of emergency medicine.
Congress held under the auspices of the Ministry of Healthcare of the Czech Republic took place in six parallel sections. Before its official opening by the first Deputy Minister of Health, professor MUDr. Roman Prymula, CSc., Ph.D., the delegates had an opportunity to attend some of the 12 workshops. These focused on medicine as well as managerial topics and included e.g. a preparatory course for the European exam, workshops on analgesia, serious and non-serious injuries, paediatric & geriatric emergency care or ultrasound courses.
The local one-day conference held on 13th October in the Czech language was also part of the International Congress. The conference welcomed 250 delegates including three Czech rescuers who were, by chance, one of the first to be present in a mass car crash on the D1 motorway, during which they saved several lives. Another two doctors attending the conference later saved the life of a 19-year-old man they found with a thoracic gunshot injury in the immediate vicinity of the Prague Congress Centre.
The European Emergency Medicine Society celebrated the 25th anniversary of its founding in Prague. Two Czech doctors were participants in establishing European society in 1994: MUDr. Pavol Getlík and MUDr. Roman Gřegoř, MBA. “It is our great pleasure, that EUSEM chose Prague for its 25th anniversary Congress. We are all the more pleased by the record attendance at this event. The congress welcomed 2,502 delegates, which is the highest number in its entire history, and what is more, all previous EUSEM presidents also attended the congress,” comments Roman Muška, Managing Director of Prague Convention Bureau, which is the official representative of the capital city of Prague in the field of meeting industry.