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The BASICS of Hypothermia: An International Approach

From the 15th to 19th February 2021, every evening join us at 7 pm for presentations and Q&A sessions with subject experts covering topics on pre-hospital accidental hypothermia. Have a question for the panel? The evening of 20th February will be dedicated as an “ask the cold experts” panel discussion.

Our aim:

Evidence shows that individuals suffering from hypothermia can have a positive outcome when they are identified and managed appropriately. How can we turn the anecdotes into predictable and co-ordinated pathways from pre-hospital response to rewarming and offer the best chance of survival to this group? Speakers from around the world come together to share best practice and look at pre-hospital hypothermia and how we can improve patient outcomes.

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BASICS Scotland Is Proud To Welcome:

Les Gordon

Consultant Anaesthetist, University Hospitals, Morecombe Bay Trust, and Medical Officer. Langdale Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team


Management of hypothermic cardiac arrest and rewarming in a peripheral hospital when ECLS is not available.


The presentation will cover:

1 Understanding how hypothermic cardiac differs from normothermic arrest, with which everyone is familiar. The consequence of this is that different rules apply. Importantly, extrapolation of normothermic management to the hypothermic situation is inappropriate and will result in avoidable deaths;

2 Overview of the management of rewarming in the setting of a peripheral hospital, when ECLS is not available;

3 Overview of the problems and pitfalls if attempting to diagnose death in the hypothermic casualty.

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Registration with open in the first week of February 2021, you can register your interest by filling out the form below.

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The virtual conference is aimed at identification, assessment and treatment of hypothermia and related illnesses in the pre-hospital environment. With the goal of increasing awareness, treatment options and pathways for this patient group.

The virtual conference is designed to support any person first on the scene or managing a suspected hypothermia patient in the pre-hospital environment, and will be a multi-disciplinary approach to identification, assessment and treatment.

Please note this week-long virtual conference is free of charge to those who watch it live. The recordings of the conference lectures and Q&A session will be made available to all BASICS Scotland members via the member page.

If you wish to attend this free of charge conference, please register your interest by filling out this small contact form below: