Golden Hour Conference marks ‘new era’ in treating injured patients


Friday 16th November 2018

On Saturday 10th November, clinicians from across the spectrum of emergency care, as well as those radiologists and pathologists who specialise in interpreting causes of death, gathered at the Wellcome Collection for The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care’s ‘Golden Hour Conference: Why do injured people die?’

The conference was set up by The Institute to help change the working culture between clinicians, radiologists, pathologists and coroners around death from injury. By breaking down barriers between these communities, the conference hoped to prompt the development of new therapies and strategies that could reduce the number of deaths from severe injury.

The exciting event hosted national and international speakers from wide-ranging fields, including digital autopsy, the impact of pathologists, and major incidents. Talks focused on how each field could learn from others’ expertise, and opportunities for the future of this complex and important area.  

One of the day’s highlights was an emotional session delivered by Natasha and Michaela Groves. Aged just 14, Natasha’s daughter Lilian was killed by a speeding drug driver. Natasha and Michaela told the conference about their experiences with the medical and coronial systems and explained how they successfully campaigned to tighten sentences for drug drivers with ‘Lilian’s Law’. The pair received a standing ovation from attendees for their work. 

We were also privileged to welcome Professor Jo Martin, President of the Royal College of Pathologists, who spoke to the conference about our collective opportunities for learning, both as systems and individuals. Professor Martin challenged the room to think about some important and difficult questions as a pathway to future improvements. The line-up of brilliant speakers concluded with Nadia Persaud, HM Senior Coroner for East London, who closed the day with a reflection on coroners’ responsibilities to take action to prevent future deaths. 

Dr Gareth Grier, Institute Director and Education lead, said: “The conference has marked a new era in understanding why patients die in traumatic injury. It has been wonderful to see professionals from around the world, across our respective fields work together to share our learnings and open the door to future innovations. Most importantly, it has begun conversations that will redefine who the survivors of serious injury will be in the future.”

The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care at London’s Air Ambulance was founded to drive excellence in pre-hospital care standards and practice through research, innovation and education. The Institute fosters collaboration across medical disciplines and institutions dedicated to improving outcomes for people afflicted by critical injury and illness.

On behalf of The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care and London’s Air Ambulance, we would like to thank everyone who attended, spoke and played a part in organising this conference. We are excited to continue working together for our patients. 


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