On 26-28 April, Lorna Downing and Josie Brown attended EMS2019 Madrid, a 3-day conference where 950 people from 33 countries came together to hear about the latest knowledge and innovation in pre-hospital care.

The weekend consisted of an array of innovative technological and simulation-based workshops, not to mention the striking uniforms, including the familiar bottle-green of the UK! Different ambulance services from various countries entered the EMS Championships where they competed in heats to demonstrate their invaluable skills in emergency care, while speakers from around the world presented cutting-edge research. There was certainly a buzz among delegates who could take part in CPR challenges and test out ground-breaking medical technology.

The Saturday afternoon concluded with the Great Catastrophe Drill where gunshots sounded and actors fell as wounded casualties. The paramedic teams were quick to get involved, showing us first-hand their crucial service to societies on an international scale.

The EMS Championships were concluded on Sunday morning where a team from Germany, Austria and Denmark battled it out for the title. The team from Copenhagen took first place and a Eurovision style award ceremony was a brilliant way to conclude this years’ conference.

EMS2020 will take place in Scotland which Class Publishing are already excited for, especially if there are bagpipes to serenade us like the Spanish Mariachi band this year!

Josie Brown & Sophie Holman