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Well trained for any emergency: international disaster training at humedica

by Heike Knauff-Oliver,  2019/09/18

Kaufbeuren, Germany – Intervention team members rehearse for the real case: this training is called TEAMS (Training for Emergency Medical Teams and European Medical Corps). It runs through all relevant phases of an emergency intervention. To prepare future European helpers for their services, an international consortium has developed these trainings funded by the European Union.

You can not prevent disasters. But a well-trained emergency intervention can alleviate the consequences and support local organizations in partnership. Our intervention team members never know exactly, what they are up against when they arrive at their destinations. That is why everyone has to know in advance, what has to be done and how to behave in a case of an emergency. These skills have to be trained, as realistically as possible.

Thanks to the real-life scenario simulation make-up skills of the Jugendrotkreuz Ostallgäu the injuries looked deceptively genuine. Photo: humedica

Scenario: An earthquake measuring 7,5 on the Richter scale in Montyland. Fatalities and many casualties. humedica intervention team members are on their way. Before they can start their work, a lot has to be cleared: country authorities, international commissions such as the WHO (World Health Organization) and the UN (United Nations) are on site to coordinate. They assign the intervention team its domain of work. At first, the technical and manual skills of the mainly medically trained personnel are in demand: they have to set up treatment tents, a field hospital and to organize the supply with electricity as well as water. Not an easy task in a country, where the earth has trembled just shortly before, also possible aftershocks have to be taken into account. Teamwork is essential. Communication and collaboration have to work. All of a sudden, a rush of casualties arrives. Montyland is fictitious and the injured people are extras – needed to simulate an emergency and an important part of the training.

„The better these preparations, the more efficient the aid in a real case of emergency. That is what these trainings are made for“, says Dr. Oliver Emmeler, humedica instructor. In the last year humedica has been certified as third German and seventeenth international team by the World Health Organization as „Emergency Medical Team Type 1“ (EMT). In the course of medical disaster interventions humedica is therefore able to provide worldwide autonomously standardized medical aid at very short notice. „In a real-life emergency situation we bring a mobile tent camp and personnel in the disaster area and provide ambulatory medical aid for up to 100 patients a day on site for about 14 days“, explains humedica general manager Johannes Peter

Each injury has to be treated individually. Diagnose is a race against time. Photo: humedica

The volunteers do not only provide their medical and organizational skills as well as their time for free, they also take part in the interventions at their own risk. A great challenge and a really honorable humanitarian commitment of people for people.

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