Pain Management & Penthrox at Medical Conference

Date Published : January 29th, 2017    Published By : admin

The Order of Malta hosted it’s second Advanced Life Support (ALS) programme for its members with a day-long training and workshop conference which took place in Athlone, Co. Westmeath yesterday.

The ALS conference provides instructors and members with further insights into training and developments when dealing with many aspects of life saving.

Last year’s saw the first such conference and following its success, event organiser Tommy Maguire decided to bring it to a second year.

The theme for this year’s Order of Malta ALS Conference is MEDICAL.

The conference was sponsored by Galen Limited, a Northern Ireland company who licensed rights to Penthrox, an inhalation delivered formulation of the pain drug methoxyflurane which is self-administered. Penthrox is known as the ‘green whistle’.

The ALS Conference was open to Student Paramedics, Paramedics, Advanced Paramedics, Student Nurses, Nurses, Medical Students and Doctors within the Order of Malta.

Some of the most respected professionals within pre-hospital care in Ireland delivered interesting talks and presentations and there was plenty of questions and feedback from the audience.  

Among the speakers and topics discussed were:

Dr. David Menzies, ED Consultant - Pre-Hospital Pain Management.

Dr. Lisa Guthrie - on Pre-Hospital Acute Myocardial Infraction

Advanced Paramedic Brendan Whelan - Cardiology & 12 Less ECG interpretation

Advanced Paramedic Ian Brennan - Clinical Audits

Dr. Lisa Cunningham - Pre-Hospital Thrombolysis in Ireland.

Following the presentations, the members took part in workshops involving Cardiology and ECG which was overseen by Dr. Lisa Cunningham.


The conference was organised by Tommy Maguire, an officer within the Order of Malta and an Advanced Paramedic with the National Ambulance Service. Following the conference, Tommy Maguire spoke to Emergency Times and said “Last year was our first conference and that proved very successful so we decided to run it again this year. We got a great response for everyone and there was a strong enough attendance today. I want to thank all those who registered and attended and a special thanks to all their fantastic lecturer’s and support staff who made the day a great success”.

Photos: Declan Keogh /

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