• SingHealth co-hosted the International Resuscitation Science Symposium 2016 from 27 to 28 February 2016 at Academia.
• National Resuscitation Council of Singapore to release a new set of guidelines in April 2016.

SingHealth, the Society for Emergency Medicine in Singapore (SEMS) and Resuscitation Council of Asia co-hosted the 2nd International Resuscitation Science Symposium at Academia from 27 to 28 February. The opening ceremony was officiated by guest-of honour, Dr Lam Pin Min, Minister of State for Health.

More than 600 local and overseas emergency medicine practitioners across various specialties and professions such as emergency medicine physicians, anaesthesiologists, cardiologists, nurses and paramedics attended the Symposium.

“It is a privilege for Singapore to host this prestigious event for the international resuscitation and emergency medicine community. As emergency medicine continues to develop and evolve, this Symposium provides invaluable opportunities to network and share knowledge and expertise,” said Associate Professor Lim Swee Han, co-organising chairperson, Senior Consultant, Department of Emergency Medicine, SGH and Treasurer of International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR).

Dr Lam Pin Min, Minister of State for Health, at one of the booths

With a focus on resuscitation, the Symposium covered pertinent topics, such as Pre-hospital Medicine, Basic & Advanced Life Support, Emergency Cardiac Care and Post Resuscitation Care.

The line-up of speakers included leading clinicians and researchers from local and overseas healthcare institutions, as well as leaders of ILCOR and Resuscitation Councils from across Asia. They shared their expertise in areas such as disaster medicine, emergency nursing, medical education, paediatrics, and palliative medicine.

“By learning from one another, collaborating and sharing best practices, we can harness our collective wisdom to address common challenges faced in the field of emergency medicine.  This will allow us to raise the standards of emergency care and advance resuscitation science to benefit our patients,” said Dr Lam Pin Min.

National Resuscitation Council of Singapore to release new set of guidelines

From L to R: Dr Lim Jia Hao, Dr Lam Pin Min, Assoc Prof Lim Swee Han, Prof Ivy Ng & Prof Fong Kok Yong

At the Symposium, it was also announced that the National Resuscitation Council of Singapore (NRCS) will release a new set of guidelines in April this year.

The new set of NRCS guidelines has been developed based on the latest Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiac Care Science and Treatment Recommendations (CoSTR) by ILCOR. CoSTR is a set of international recommendations that plays a pivotal role in helping Resuscitation Councils worldwide to develop guidelines relevant to their own healthcare systems.