Emergency Medical Team – what does that mean in practical terms?


In order to coordinate the worldwide humanitarian aid better particularly for disaster relief interventions, the World Health Organization (WHO) has established new standards: since 2016 international organizations can apply for the certification as Emergency Medical Team (EMT).

There are three different categories: EMT1 teams provide for the basic ambulant basic care. EMT2 teams take additionally over operations and offer the possibility to accommodate patients overnight. Heavy and very critical diseases and injuries as well as long-term inpatient care are provided by EMT3 teams. Patients are transferred mutually between the teams according to their needs. The teams coordinate and cooperate in close consultation. Today there are 17 certified teams worldwide, three of them German.
humedica now is the latest member of the EMT family and was certified as Emergency Medical Team 1 fixed.

The certification enables relief aid organizations like humedica to continue to provide fast medical aid also in the future. Several countries have already decided to allow only certified Emergency Medical Teams access in case of disasters in order to ensure that the relief aid for their inhabitants follows worldwide accepted standards.

The following diagram shows the alerting procedure for future catastrophes:

Infografik EMT

We would like to thank our friends of the Johanniter Foreign Aid Organization for the kind permission to use this informative diagram.

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