NATO helps prepare emergency response professionals for mass casualty situations

  • Last updated: 30 Nov. 2009 09:16

From 16 to 18 November, a three-day course in Haifa, Israel, sponsored by NATO’s Science for Peace and Security (SPS) programme, is providing emergency management professionals with training on staff teaching and preparation methods in the face of mass casualty situations.

These situations include all emergencies causing a large number of casualties that require special organisation and response by local, regional and national medical and other services.

Attending the course will be physicians, nurses, hospital administrators, police and fire officers, rescue teams and others who may be faced with situations such as fires or floods, mass traffic accidents (trains, airplanes or buses), or massive explosions (industrial accidents or terrorist attacks).

The course, entitled “Best Way of Training for Mass Casualty Situations”, has been developed by emergency management experts from The Teaching Center for Trauma, Emergency and Mass Casualty Situations at Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, in collaboration with the Department of Field Surgery at the University of Defence in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic.

During the course, trainees are exposed to teaching methods such as courses, drills, medical simulation and computer programmes, and they engage in small group discussions and lectures. Common training techniques are important because coordination and collaboration among the different forces (rescue, military, police, and so on) are key to a successful response in mass casualty situations.

The course aims to boost participants’ knowledge of medical training tools and their ability to use them effectively. Proper training and preparedness of medical staff will help save lives in the event of mass casualty situations and enable better treatment of the injured.

More information on the training course can be found at http://www.nato-course.com/.