Between March 9 and 11, PreHospen 2016, a conference on prehospital emergency medicine, took place at the University of Borås. The theme was refugee crises and emergency medicine, and Smart Textiles displayed innovations in healthcare in a unique manner.
During the conference, researchers and practitioners were able to exchange knowledge and experiences with regard to the European refugee crisis and its consequences for emergency care and ambulance personnel. Annelie Eriksson of Karolinska Institutet gave a keynote speech and held a workshop on ‘The Refugee Crisis and Health Needs in Catastrophes’. Brian Maguire, an expert in ambulance safety and a former consultant for bioterrorism, pandemic and disaster preparation, presented new research on ambulance safety.
Smart Textiles presented innovations in healthcare through a dance show. The dancers were dressed in a radiology apron that was developed by Smart Textiles in collaboration with the company 10MD, the electrodress ‘Mollii’ – an assistive device for people suffering from spasticity – and the dress ‘Come and dance’, which changes colour when the temperature drops below 15°C.