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EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Every year there are fire disasters involving hundreds of casualties, and more often than not they occur in resource poor environments. There is limited knowledge or evidence on how to best manage these incidents, and how to better support health professionals attending to these disasters.

Burns are not only a direct result of conflict but also occur due to a break down in services, inadequate power supplies, overcrowding, and open fires in refugee camps. These are just some of the challenges that increase the risk of burns and present specific constraints that need to be addressed.

Staff need training to work in these environments with a better understanding of causality, burden and impact of burn injuries in these scenarios, and this project aims to develop guidelines and training for those Emergency Medical Teams, which will enable better management of mass casualty burn incidents.

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International collaboration

The key aim – to identify priority areas for research and policy development in conflict-related burn care.

The CGBIPR and Interburns have developed strong international collaborations with academic institutions such as Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, and the Conflict Medicine Department of the Global Health Institute at the American University of Beirut, as well as organisations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and European Burn Association. The Centre also held an international inter-sectoral meeting, drawing on expertise from researchers, clinicians, journalists, funders and burn patients to identify key priority areas for research and training.

In summary – international collaborations creating a more global understanding of the priority areas in burn care research.

Burns care in mass causalities

The key aim- to ensure appropriate levels of preparedness in the face of catastrophic events. This was achieved by training B-teams comprising of a surgeon, anaesthetist, nurse, and coordinator (all with five years plus experience in the fields of burn care).

Recommendations for management of burn mass casualty scenarios have been developed into a training programme, which was delivered to professionals working in the emergency and disaster response field. The training was developed in partnership with Interburns, European Burn Association, and Norwegian Directorate of Health, and was funded by the European Commission.

Next steps – to adapt the burn emergency response training for global use, with acknowledgement of challenges of low resource environments.

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In summary – use the recommendations from the technical working group to train emergency response teams who can be easily deployed across the EU and globally in the face of mass casualty events like nightclub fires or factory explosions.

Emergency preparedness training

Recommendations for management of mass casualty scenarios have been developed into a training programme, which was delivered to professionals working in the emergency and disaster response field. The training was developed in partnership with Interburns, European Burn Association, and Norwegian Directorate of Health, and was funded by the European Commission.

The primary aim of the training was to ensure appropriate levels of preparedness in the face of catastrophic events. This was achieved by training B-teams comprising of a surgeon, anesthetist, nurse, and coordinator (all with five years plus experience in the fields of burn care).

Emergency preparedness and conflict related burn care

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