WACEM 2019

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and President of Dubai Health Authority (DHA), His Excellency Humaid Al Qutami, Director General of DHA today officially opened the 5th World Academic Congress for Emergency Medicine – WACEM : 22nd to the 24th of October, 2019 at Roda Al Bustan Hotel in Dubai.

Under the theme ‘Technologies, Therapies & Transformation’, the 3-day emergency congress, was organized in Dubai for the first time in collaboration with ‘The International Emergency and Catastrophe Management Conference & Exhibition – IECM Dubai’, bringing together leading healthcare experts, physicians and doctors from the UAE and the world to focus on the most critical topics in emergency medicine and explore how new advances in technology are enabling better treatment outcomes for patients.

Following the opening ceremony, H.E. Humaid Al Qutami and his accompanying delegation including top healthcare experts, doctors, surgeons and emergency care specialists from the UAE and abroad, toured the exhibition area where they were briefed by key decision makers, experts and top exhibiting brands and about how the latest breakthroughs in technology are enabling effective emergency and critical care. During his keynote address, H.E. Humaid Al Qutami, Director General, DHA said: “Every day, millions of people around the world suffer from calamities and risks that put their lives and health in danger. This has urged emergency medicine specialists all around the world to call for continuous development of the health systems in order to improve the life chances in case of injuries and critical conditions. We, at the Dubai Health Authority, always exert our best endeavours to be fully ready to provide urgent health care across all the emergency units in our medical facilities which is the centre of our strength in the authority, and the first guarantee to save people’s lives and maintain their safety.

He went on saying: “Dubai Health Authority believes that the success of any health facility depends on the capacity and efficiency of emergency departments, and the level of their response to urgent and exceptional circumstances. We are very proud in our emergency units as well as our medical staff and technical support departments, whose roles and efforts to serve the community and preserve the health and lives of its members are truly appreciated.” He concluded: “Dubai has been always keen to provide the best health and safety factors for all members of the community, and to that end, we have a highly qualified emergency team of elite officials from all related departments to provide quick response for any potential emergencies according to the highest international standards.”

On his part, Dr. Sagar Galwankar, Executive Director, The World Academic Council for Emergency Medicine, expressed his gratitude to the Dubai academic and event management team for doing a great job in organizing the 5th World Academic Congress of Emergency Medicine. In his keynote speech, he said: “Dubai means Diversity. Dubai means Delivering. Dubai Means Development. Today, we salute this great nation and its great leaders. I am very proud to inform you that in the last two days we have conducted the inaugural WACEM Dubai Emergency Preparedness Exercise where our leaders worked with health personnel across Dubai on creating response systems which will be very helpful during the World Expo when Dubai expects 25 Million visitors. We should do more such exercises so all hospitals, clinics and prehospital ambulance and helicopter providers are ready. WACEM is ready to work with DHA anytime all the time.”

From her side, Dr. Sara Kazim, Secretary General of WACEM 2019, Head of Emergency Department, Rashid Hospital Trauma Centre, Dubai Health Authority, said: “Over the last two decades, Dubai transformed dramatically and became a global hub for business, trade, and tourism. In 2006 one quarter of cranes in the world were occupied in building the massive structure we see in Dubai today. In healthcare we realize that such growth is essential to become a global hub for healthcare. Thus, our them this year is about “Technologies, Therapies, and Transformation”.” She added: “The conference which includes over 30 tracks discussing cutting edge topics in transforming patients’ care starting from the first point of contact with the patient through his/ her journey to the hospital. Disaster preparedness is another hallmark of the conference coinciding with Dubai hosting the World Expo 2020.”

While commenting on the occasion, Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani, Chairman, INDEX Holding said, “On behalf of the organizing committee, it gives us great pleasure to organize the 5th edition of World Academic Congress of Emergency Medicine – WACEM in Dubai in collaboration with Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and in conjunction with IECM Dubai. Hosting this international event in the UAE this year reflects Dubai and the county’s capabilities in successfully attracting world-class events that bring together decision makers, specialists, and leaders in different fields. As WACEM is world renowned for providing an outstanding platform for disseminating key scientific and technical information related to emergency medicine, we are highly confident that the latest edition will serve the needs of institutions and entities in the emergency care industry.”

This year, WACEM hosted over 600 visitors and participants from over 35 countries. In addition, for the benefit of industry professionals, experts and specialists, the conference features 15 scientific sessions focusing on the most critical topics in emergency medicine and critical care. With the aim of improving the knowledge and understanding in emergency care, all conference attendees get a chance to earn 35 CME credit points accredited by DHA. Moreover, WACEM 2019 showcased 25 poster presentations, providing students and professionals a chance to present their research and interact with visitors and participants. It is worth mentioning here that WACEM hosted the pre-conference workshop program on the 20th and the 21st of October, where top healthcare experts discussed many critical topics in emergency medicine such as emergency preparedness, pre-hospital care and pain management, with the aim of improving the clinical practice of emergency care professionals in the UAE and abroad. Running parallel to the conference, WACEM exhibition provided top 15 brands in emergency medicine, pre-hospital care and other related fields a unique opportunity to showcase their latest technologies, tools and products while also giving them a chance to interact, network and collaborate with industry colleagues and explore potential business opportunities.

The annual international emergency care event ‘WACEM 2019’ wasorganized by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) in collaboration with the INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions, a member of INDEX Holding.

WACEM 2019 Press Conference – Dr. Sagar Galwankar

WACEM 2019 Press Conference – Dr. Sara Kazim

Why Dubai

Key Focus

  • Updates in Critical Care and Resuscitation
  • ED Administration and Patient Flow
  • Toxicology Emergency
  • Shock and Sepsis Management
  • Ethics and Standards for Organ Donation role ED
  • Challenges in ED Nursing
  • Artificial Intelligence and Future of Emergency Medicine
  • Prehospital Care
  • Cardiac and Vascular Emergency
  • Trauma and Sport Medicine
  • Simulation in Emergency Medicine
  • Updates in Neuro-emergencies
  • Women in Leadership
  • Updates in Biomarkers and Point of Care Tests
  • Disaster Medicine
  • Mortality and Morbidity

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WACEM 2019 Highlights