11th-13th September, Cork City, Ireland


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Registration for the EMS Gathering 2018 is now open!


Tuesday 11th

Various symposia, workshops and forums, including: The Irish Abroad, Dispatch and Communications, and more.


Wednesday 12th

Opening Act: Simon Carley, MJ Slabbert, Mike Nolan

Act II: Competence and compassion - one chance to get it right at end of life

Learning with Leisure (see options below)

Act III: Evening Learning: Emergency Care on the Streets or Leadership Forum


Thursday 13th

Research presentations

Act IV: The World Through My Eyes

Act V: Our Well-Being; Looking out for each other

Final Act: Let’s go Fort! Trauma through the Ages

EMS Gathering Banquet

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Learning with Leisure

Our 'learning with leisure' approach ensures there is something to everyone's taste. From walking tours, to bus rides, kayaking to water rescue - it's all there.

Walking Tour

Guided walking tour of Cork City discussing addiction, mental health and homelessness issues that can challenge EMS providers.

Point-of-care Ultrasound

Expert exponents will take you through the pre-hospital use of POCUS.

Entrapment and extrication

In this workshop the National Ambulance Service, and Cork Fire Brigade will come together with ATACC educators and actors to provide high fidelity simulation to facilitate a discussion around various entrapment and extrication challenges. Experiences as well as tips and tricks from participants around the world will be shared and discussed.

Tour de Force of Emergency Care Skills

This workshop will give you opportunity to practice those skills called on rarely including cricothyroidotomy, surgical airway, Suction Assisted Laryngoscopy Airway Decontamination (SALAD), and haemorrhage control techniques with world class educators.

Crew Resource Management

Who more than EMS needs to understand and appreciate the importance CRM in putting order on chaos through team work and communication? Strengthen and share your CRM skills at this workshop facilitated by trained experts.

Aircraft Emergencies at Cork Airport

This workshop will take place at the simulation training facility at Cork Airport and will be hosted by the site rescue services along with other educators.

Sepsis Bus Tour

Sepsis identification and management continues to challenge pre-hospital and in-hospital clinicians; share tips and tricks including the latest literature while taking in the sights of Cork City.

Wellness at Work

This workshop teaches sensible and clever ways to mitigate the stresses of your day-to-day existence to optimize your wellness, happiness and productivity.

Water Rescue on the River Lee

In this workshop local rescue services will come together on the banks of the river Lee to demonstrate the challenges and surrounding river rescue as well as sharing tips and tricks from participants present from around the world.

Health and Well-being (River kayaking)

Learn how to optimize your Health and Well-being as you Kayak the River Lee. This workshop is facilitated by experts in the field as well as Jim Kennedy previous record holder for fastest rower on London’s River Thames!

'Competence and compassion - one chance to get it right at end of life' Workshop

This workshop is designed to give those who have to deliver bad news and broach difficult conversations increased confidence. Participants will leave the workshop with some tools and techniques to prepare for a difficult conversation and ensure that they are supporting patients and relatives through a stressful time in their lives.

Tactical Emergency Care

Care under Fire - Tactical medicine for the Pre-hospital Practitioner


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Abstracts can be submitted via online form only: https://goo.gl/LPucNX

  • Closing date is Wed 1st August 2018 at 2359 GMT.
  • Only abstracts that have been submitted in final form on and before the deadline will be considered for inclusion in the abstract session.
  • Paramedics, physicians, nurses, students of all disciplines, and other medical providers are all encouraged to participate.
  • Submitting an abstract does not register you for the EMS Gathering. You must register for the EMS Gathering separately.
  • The Abstract Committee will consider for acceptance abstracts that have been previously presented at other national, regional, and international scientific meetings.
  • Abstracts on topics covering prehospital clinical care, education, service delivery, management, research and more will be considered.
  • Abstracts will be peer-reviewed in blinded fashion. Abstract scoring and acceptance will be based strictly on merit.
  • Authors will be notified if their abstract has been selected for oral or poster presentation as soon as the review is complete (review will commence on closing date). Further details regarding placement as an oral or poster presentation, as well as times of presentation will follow as soon as possible
  • There will be 5 presentations ranked for oral presentation from submitted abstracts. Oral abstracts will be 10 minutes in length with 2 minutes for Q&A per presentation.
  • Other scored abstracts will be invited for poster display.
  • The Irish Journal of Paramedicine (IJP) will publish all oral and poster abstracts that are accepted and presented at the EMS Gathering in a special supplement following the meeting.


Getting to Cork

Cork City is serviced by the nearby Cork International Airport, with flights to and from many UK and European destinations, and flights servicing Boston, USA.
Shannon International Airport (1.5 hours) and Dublin International Airport (2.5 hours) are both within reach via national roads for those looking for other options.


The Hub Hotel for EMS Gathering 2018 is The Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain St., Cork. E-mail reservations@themetropolehotel.ie  or contact by phone on +353 (21) 4643700 and quote 'Emergency Medical Services' or Block ID: 829983 for special rates.
The Everyman Palace Theatre on MacCurtain St.is the meeting hub for the EMS Gathering.
There are many other accommodation options available within the City, many within walking distance of the Gathering hubs.
Attendees can also book rooms via www.roombookersdirect.com, or via phone at +353-217-355-670 (or from within Ireland use 1890-998-993)

See you in September!

EMS Gathering 2018 - Victorian Quarter, Cork City

Interested in exhibiting at the EMS Gathering? Email emsgatheringexhibitors@gmail.com

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