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Rose Wood Hotel, Abu Dhabi on 10th-11th March, 2014.

Road traffic injuries remain a global public health problem. Road accidents cause human tragedies every minute of every day. Nearly 3,400 people die on the world’s roads every day. Tens of millions of people are severely injured or disabled every year. Children, pedestrians, cyclists and the elderly are among the most vulnerable of road users. While many countries addressing the issue of road fatalities and serious injuries caused by road accidents, road safety still remains a challenging problem across the region and throughout the world.

The conference aims to raise the profile of the preventability of road traffic injuries and promote good practices in order to achieve safe roads, safe speeds, safe vehicles, and safe people.

This worthwhile event will brings together an effective mix of practitioners,leaders, and researchers in road traffic accidents with a focus on understanding the problem and evidence-based, practical, deliverable outcomes which can be adopted in many circumstances. The list of keynote speakers demonstrates the commitment to bringing together global leaders, internationally recognised researchers, and demonstrably successful practitioners.

The conference is an important forum to inspire and connect leaders, decision makers, Health professionals, public servants, academics and advocates, bringing International keynote speakers and participants to seek, develop, and exchange views on what works to prevent road traffic accidents and how best to bring it to fruition in policy and practice for government and the private sector.

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Writing in Arab News, leading sleep apnoea expert, Professor Ram Dhillon of the Sleeping Disorders Centre, spells out the dangers of sleep apnoea. Professor Ram Dhillon and his colleague, Sleeping Disorders Centre founder Michael Oko, will be speaking at the 1st International Road Traffic Accident Conference being held in May 2014 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

“Untreated or inadequately treated OSA is associated with major medical problems. If one considers the OSA event as a strangulation leading to poor oxygen levels to every cell in the body it is easy to understand the detrimental consequences. It may lead to high blood pressure, cause a pre-diabetic state and make existing diabetes more difficult to manage. There is an increased incidence of heart problems such as heart attacks and heart rhythm disorders. There is also an increased likelihood of suffering a stroke and the kidneys can also be damaged. Studies reveal untreated severe OSA will lead to death in 15% of patients and a major heart event in 30 percent over a 12-year period.

“There is an increasing awareness of the relationship between OSA and falling asleep during the boredom of driving, particularly on long straight roads. This is an issue for all road users but is likely to be a much greater problem in the haulage industry.”

• Professor Ram Dhillon is the consultant surgeon at Middlesex University, School of Health and Social Sciences, London. Michael Oko, consultant surgeons and Department of Health Adviser on Sleep Apnea, UK National Health Service, also contributed to this report.

Source: Arab News

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This conference aims to raise the profile of the preventability of road traffic injuries and promote good practices in order to achieve safe roads, safe speeds, safe vehicles, and safe people.

The Lincolnshire experience

In 2002 they were 104 fatal car accidents in Lincolnshire with a population of 700,000, so the Road safety Partnership (consisting of The NHS, Police and local Council) was formed to try and address and reduce this carnage on the roads. It was successful in reducing this figure to 79 per annum by a concerted effort to raise driver awareness via media messages with a budget of £3 million per annum, but seemed to stall at this figure.

In Lincolnshire we had a perfect storm of (similar in many respects to UAE):

(1) No existent service,

(2) The most obese population in Europe,

(3) Hazardous or dangerous roads

(4) No rail or other transportation infrastructure of note. 

In 2006 an ObstructiveSleepApnoeaservice was commissioned (it affecs 4-6 % of the population) to treat all the drivers that may fall asleep at the wheel and by 2008 fatal RTAs caused 52 deaths per annum and by 2012 it was 39 per annum.

This approach can also be successful in UAE

Sleep apnoea potentially affects 20% of UAE population, It could be responsible for a high number of car accidents, so if it is properly treated there should be a big reduction in car fatalities.

The conference is an important forum to inspire and connect leaders, decision makers, Health professionals, public servants, academics and advocates, bringing International keynote speakers and participants to seek, develop, and exchange views on what works to prevent road traffic accidents and how best to bring it to fruition in policy and practice for government and the private sector

1st International Road Traffic Accident Conference
21-22 November 2013
Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE
www.menaconf.com

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The International Hospital & Healthcare Management Conference

Date now changed to 4-5 July 2013


9th & 10th of May 2013 at Grand Resort, Limassol, Cyprus

Date now changed to 4-5 July 2013

This event comes at a difficult time for Cyprus, and I very much hope that some of the outcomes will be beneficial. I will be talking about how to set up cost-effective and successful sleep clinics such as the Sleeping Disorders Centre. The event provides a platform for discussing various strategies to improve cost efficiency in the hospital sector while, at the same time, improving the quality and safety of patient care.

Read an article about the the conference: MEH March 2013 Cyprus Feature

Visit the website

 

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The 1Oth Middle  East Update in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery is the largest meeting of Otolaryngologists in the Middle East. I am delighted to have been invited back to speak for a second time about sleep apnoea, in a region where awareness of the condition is very low, but incidence is on the rise. The event is previewed in this month’s issue of Middle East Hospital magazine:

MEH March 2013 Middle East Otolaryngology article

Find out more here

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This is the topic I will be addressing at:

The Nose: Recent Key Developments for ENT Surgeons

An event organised by my colleague Professor Ram Dhillon, and carrying an Accreditation of 3 hours CPD (ENT-UK). Other speakers and topics include:

Allergic rhinitis: is there anything new?
Mr Hesham Saleh, Consultant ENT SurgeonCharing Cross Hospital, London

Immunotherapy for ENT Surgeons. It’s not impossible to understand.
Dr Harsha Kariyawasam, Consultant Rhinologist, Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital, London

Facial pain: a bane for ENT Surgeons. What are we doing wrong?
Mr Peter Andrews, Consultant ENT Surgeon, Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital, London

For the future: Osteitis, Sinusitis: the modern theory for chronic sinusitis
Ms Claire Hopkins, Consultant ENT Surgeon, Guys & St. Thomas’ Hospitals

Biofilms in the nose: do they explain anything?
Mr James Fairley, Consultant ENT SurgeonWilliam Harvey Hospital, Kent

The event is being held on Thursday 11 April 2013 at The Courthouse Hotel, Great Marlborough Street, london

Download the flyer and booking form: ENT Nose Conference 11th Apr 2013

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I will be speaking at the World Health Care Congress Europe about the Sleeping Disorders Centre as an innovative healthcare partnership working to reduce road traffic deaths. The talk will cover:

  • Exploring the link between obstructive sleep apnoea and road traffic accidents
  • Working in partnership to identify where healthcare interventions can deliver benefits to the wider community
  • Demonstrating that surgical treatment of sleep apnoea and investment in ENT services delivers measurable reductions in road traffic deaths and injuries

This is taking place in Amsterdam on Wednesday 23rd May.

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Im speaking at ENT and Audiology Services 2011 in London on 29th September. I will be addressing:

Developing a business case for investing in the continued improvement to ENT services

  • Understanding the impact of the independent sector on ENT services provided by the NHS
  • Assessing the impact of “Any Willing Provider” on the business viability of ENT units in secondary care
  • Developing best practice around recording and highlighting excellent patient experiences
  • Branding and selling your services in a competitive market

Here is a summary of the event:

All departments and services in the NHS need to find efficiency savings as finances become tighter, and the nation’s population grows older and more dependent on NHS care. With the complex and rapid pace of change caused by recent health reforms, the future of the NHS has never been more uncertain. These concerns will affect all ENT and Audiology departments and will revolutionise how services are run.

Despite providing a service that patients truly value, ENT and Audiology services may be at a greater threat from cuts than other departments. ENT has previously been criticised for providing treatments of low clinical value that are often seen to improve the quality of life of patients, rather than treatments that save lives, putting these services at a greater risk from the threat of cuts.
Is your department prepared for the future challenges you are going to face?

To help you through these changing times, Health Service Journal has expertly produced ENT and Audiology Services 2011. This timely and informative conference has been specially researched and designed to help you prepare and deliver results in 2011 and beyond.

 

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