State of the Art 2017 Day 1 Round Up.


We’ve had an incredibly energetic first day at State of the Art. People were buzzing as they entered the gates bright and early and the energy has yet to die down as I write this in the midst of the drinks reception sponsored by GE.

Our social media group were fantastic. They were on hand all day to moderate the various sessions, live-stream interviews with speakers and periscope stream from the conference floor.

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Following the introduction from President of the Intensive Care Society Gary Masterson & SOA Lead Ganesh Suntharalingam,  The first session of the day kicked off with Lt. Col Andy Johnston discussing “Managing victims of terrorism: A guide for clinicians.  The talk looked at blast lung trauma, dealing with high velocity gun shot wounds and how to cope as an ICU specialist within the context of a terrorist attack.


One of our favourite tweets of the day comes from @joconnor88 following the discussion in ‘ New Frontiers in Infection’ on faecal transplants , and the preference for allogenic material. The  tweet suggested we should coin the term ‘Poop & Save’. Coming to a hashtag near you.

The pop up stage enabled  delegates and speakers to engage with one another in a more intimate and spontaneous fashion. Here we see Liesl Wandrag, dietician, on her Everest Basecamp expedition.


We had an interactive speech from Pepper the robot himself, shown below, as part of a wider session on the use of Robotics in healthcare. Robots like pepper among other uses can be used to aid and support patients with dementia.

Don’t forget to visit us at the ICS Booth on the ground floor to chat with the excellent  Society staff,  grab a free copy of JICS magazine as well and of course sign up for membership to the ICS for 2018.  We are running a prize draw to give away a free years of membership  to one lucky new member signing up at State of the Art 2017.


Thank you all for a fantastic day and hope to see you tomorrow along with many fresh faces.