London Health Science Centre kicks off trauma conference with ‘jaws of life’ demo

A London firefighter cuts open a Buick in a trauma demonstration at the Best Western Lamplighter hotel.
AM980/Hala Ghonaim

Onlookers gathered at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn Wednesday morning as heavy-duty shears cut into the side of a Buick to remove people stuck inside the car.

No one was hurt, though; the “jaws of life” simulation kicked off London Health Sciences Centre’s 2017 Talk Trauma conference.

Typically, the conference focuses on helping attendees share expertise and discuss innovation in the field of trauma medicine. This year, organizers included the full-scale demonstration to help people understand what takes place before a patient arrives in hospital.