Alexandria, Va. - The 32nd annual Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) kicks off in beautiful downtown Seattle, Washington on Monday, October 22, 2012. With the most robust pre-registration numbers in close to a decade, this year's conference promises unmatched education and networking opportunities for a combined attendance of flight crew and administrators, from clinical, administrative and aviation disciplines.
In addition to more than 160 education sessions, the AMTC boasts three keynote sessions:
John J. Nance
John Nance brings a rich and varied professional background to healthcare and the cause of patient safety. A lawyer, Air Force and airline pilot, prolific internationally-published author, national broadcaster, and professional speaker, he was one of the founding board members of the National Patient Safety Foundation in 1997.
AAMS Survivors Network and Randy Mains
It is a passion for the medical transport industry and the people in it that compels the AAMS Survivors Network to share their stories - through video clips, photos, and their own spoken words, six EMS helicopter crash survivors will share invaluable lessons ranging from risk mitigation to “surviving survival.” The Survivors will be followed by internationally recognized crew resource management instructor, Mr. Randy Mains, who will energize AMTC attendees with his passion for air medical safety in the United States and around the globe.
Major General (Dr.) Byron C. Hepburn
Major General Byron C. Hepburn is one of 15 Air Force pilot-physicians with significant experience in aeromedical evacuation throughout his 36 years of service. Currently serving as Commander of the 59th Medical Wing in San Antonio, TX, Major General Hepburn has oversight of Air Force Critical Care Air Transport Teams to support the movement of the military’s high-acuity patients. General Hepburn’s presentation at the AMTC will review the history of the military aeromedical evacuation and provide an overview on the current command and control structure, casualty and medical evacuation platforms and clinical teams performing various specialties.
The sold-out AMTC exhibit hall features 169 vendors offering products and services specific to air medical transport providers. Tradeshow highlights include nine state-of-the-art EMS helicopters, a ground ambulance specially equipped for the transport of the most critically ill or injured patients, aviation Safety Management Systems (SMS), as well as both patient and flight simulators.
Also a major highlight of the AMTC exhibit hall - the CAE Cup – an annual competition in which two-member air medical teams compete head-to-head in real time to save the life of a simulated patient. With industry expert physicians judging them, the flight teams utilize their life-saving critical care skills while hundreds of onlookers critique their every move. At stake is the coveted CAE Cup, and bragging rights as the best air medical team for the next 12 months. The Finals to determine the 2012 CAE Cup winning team will be held on Tuesday, October 23 from noon until 1:30 p.m.
We invite you to join us at the AMTC in Seattle as we celebrate the unique and crucial role that helicopter, fixed-wing and critical care ground medical transport play within the larger EMS system. Learn the unique needs and vital necessity of air and critical care ground medical transport worldwide.
For a complimentary press pass, please send your press credentials to Blair Beggan at firstname.lastname@example.org. AMTC Registration will open on Saturday, October 20th at the Washington State Convention Center, North Lobby on the 4th Floor.
The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) is the only international trade association serving the entire air and ground medical transport community. AAMS strives to enhance the medical transport industry by promoting the highest level of industry safety; promoting quality patient care; inspiring commitment to the industry’s work, causes, and viability; and providing superior service to its members.