2nd Disaster Surgery Workshop Davos 2013

Disaster Surgery Under Critical Environmental Conditions
6 – 7 December 2013, Congress Center, Davos, Switzerland

Disasters in recent years have revealed the crucial role of embedded medical teams providing disaster surgeries during the primary search and rescue operations, and the response phase as a whole. These operations are often additionally aggravated by extreme environmental conditions (cold, heat, high altitude, dust, heavy precipitation, etc.). Many of those people rescued after an earthquake or after an explosion as examples have life-threatening contrasting with a wider move in recent years to improve humanitarian intervention standards.

The workshop is jointly organised by GRF DavosAO Trauma and the AO Foundation. Following a successful launch of the 1st Disaster Surgery Workshop Davos in December 2011, the 2nd Disaster Surgery Workshop Davos is going to be held from 6 – 7 December 2013, inDavos, Switzerland and will take place back-to-back with the traditional AO Foundation Davos Courses.

The workshop will be led by top experts in the fields of disaster surgery and disaster management and thus provide ideal opportunities for networking and for knowledge and experience exchange.

Outcome Goals

Under the focal theme on Disaster Surgery Under Critical Environmental Conditions, the workshop aims to enhance surgical treatment during disaster relief. A particular focus will be set on clinical competency, but also on the need for evidence based controlling of intervention activities, on data collection and long-term perspectives and evaluation of intervention activities. Main outcome of the workshop shall be new guidelines for disaster surgery. To improve the quality of medical intervention during the disaster response phase, i.e. during the first days and weeks that follow, the workshop will focus on the questions of prerequisites and qualifications of medical intervention teams and on how to provide the necessary education and training, finally leading to a certification of medical intervention teams. Specific concerns centre on clinical competency, but also on record keeping and follow-up steps, on accountability, quality control, coordination and reporting. A special feature will highlight the fact that intervention activities are often additionally aggravated by extreme environmental conditions (cold, heat, high altitude, dust, heavy precipitation, etc.). The workshop will also focus on evidence based controlling of intervention activities, on data collection, on long-term perspectives and questions of sustainability of intervention activities, and on how to evaluate success in intervention processes. Final result shall be Guidelines for Disaster Surgery.

In summary, the workshop will concentrate on:

What prerequisites are necessary for possible medical interventions in a disaster situation?

What qualifications are prerequisites for a medical intervention team?

Evidence based reporting and controlling of the medical intervention teams (how to evaluate quality and sustainability of interventions, evidence based traumatology in disaster response).

What course and training modules are needed to improve medical response in humanitarian disasters?

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