YG ED Poster Archive I


Here’s our first archive poster gallery - most of our previous

posters are here, dating back to 2006. Our second poster archive can be found by clicking HERE.

1. Taken  to the EMTA conference in April 2011, then AWSEM in May 2011, this is a quick round up of the first 9 casualties treated with intranasal diamorphine by our MRT colleagues in Snowdonia. We didn’t have a “purely MRT” pic to hand, so reverted to one of our stock helicopter pictures - they are eyecatching at conferences!

7. Another one of our favourites - largely thanks to the fabulous design, for which we have to thank Mike Smith of Elanem Design, and the RAF Press Office for supplying us with such fabulous photos!

2. Our recently-retired colleague Mrs Pauline Cutting together with Gill Roberts (nurse tutor at Bangor university) produced this one... the Bond-style model is Rio (ex-MM medical student) - we thought a spot of modelling would make a nice change to lending our students out to play casualties for SAR colleagues!

5. This was a look at cervical spine injuries in mountain fallers, a spin-off from Zoe Anderson’s project analysing severity of injury in the three main types of mountain fall (direct fall, tumbling fall or sliding fall) - “Tumble versus Splat” was presented as a Free Paper at the College of Emergency Medicine Spring conference in 2009 in Brighton.

4. This is actually one of our favourites, but we can’t put it on display in a public area of the department in case the Grim Reaper theme upsets bereaved relatives at a vulnerable time. Basically, there isn’t any scope to save any more lives from mountain trauma in Snowdonia... the vast majority of deaths that occur have already happened by the time rescue services arrive. 

LEFT: Something a bit different!

9. How much mountain casualties cost the NHS in North Wales. Student Andy Cross tested the method using all the Tryfan casualties in his 2008 SCP project,  and we haven’t yet got round to tackling the same project for Snowdon as there are vastly more Snowdon casualties on the database!

6. About half of our mountain casualties are lower limb injuries, and this was our baseline analysis of them, by Charlie (Charlotte) Fairweather in 2006 during her final-year SCP. This poster went to the BAEM conference in 2007.

8. An early one here: Roxanne Owen was a MM student in early 2006.

She auditing the accuracy of diagnoses by MRT. We found a glitch a couple of years later.... we’d actually ended up auditing the quality of communication between the ED and MRTs: we hadn’t realised how quickly the MRT would ring the ED for feedback! A later student, Peter Beresford-Jones, addressed this problem with his  project, which went back to the original radio transcripts to ascertain what the MRT on-scene working diagnosis was!

3. We’re not just one-trick ponies in Bangor - it isn’t ALL mountain stuff! Consultant Rob Perry logged all our equestrian casualties for months to produce this poster, and the case series included one of the other ED consultants whose horse hurt her finger! If you look very carefully you might notice that the inset picture is not actually of a horse - it’s a mule!

10. The Inaccessible Location one.... complete a photo that nearly sparked a security alert! This poster represents a lot of hard work between RAF Valley’s “C” flight and Welsh Ambulance control room in particular, as they strive to streamline the handling of SAR calls.

11. Max Howes and Glesni Davies undertook an incredible analysis of our major mountain trauma in Autumn 2009, culminating in this piece of work questioning whether our Snowdonia mountain trauma casualties would benefit from a proper regional trauma centre (which are now springing up all over the UK). Max’s project was forwarded to Keith Willetts, England’s Trauma Czar, and submitted to the pre-hospital working group as being possibly the only evidence of this type in the UK relating to SAR casualties based on HOSPITAL, rather than field, diagnosis.

LEFT    This was a cheeky one!

12. Newcastle SCP student Rosie Show was looking a bit bored on a (rare!) quiet day in the ED in summer 2010, so Linda set her to work searching through 600 sets of Emergency Department records from the MM database to find all the ones relating to people who had been blown over! It can’t be described as high quality research, but a poster publication at a national conference (this went to CEM in September 2010) earns all-important points on job applications for the F1/F2s so it’s always worth doing.