“I strongly believe that an important step was made in the field of surgical training by conducting this course” – emphasized Lieutenant General (ret.) László Svéd MD PhD, deputy commander of the Hungarian Military Hospital, former COMEDS Chairman and chairman of the MILMED COE Steering Committee, in his speech officially opening the Emergency Management of Battlefield Injuries (EMBI) Course at the NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine (MILMED COE) on 26 March 2012. Brigadier General Rob van der Meer, COMEDS Chairman and Surgeon General of the Netherlands Armed Forces, was the keynote speaker of the course.
The aim of the course is to provide students with the necessary skills to effectively manage emergency diagnosis and treatment of battlefield injuries. Participants are medical doctors, surgeons and registered nurses working in multinational medical environment in NATO missions. Besides theoretical classes the course also includes practical elements where students get useful tips for chest injury, airway management and the use of ultrasounds and endoscopes in a simulated scenario for instance.
38 participants from CZE, DEU, ESP, FRA, HUN, NLD and SWE are attending the course where a presentation on “Telemedicine and Advanced Techonology” was provided by a Spanish lecturer via video teleconference for the first time in the history of MILMED COE.
After the opening of the course, BG van der Meer received a comprehensive briefing on the structure, functioning and current activities of the Centre, presented by Col. Dr. István Kopcsó, director of MILMED COE, Col. Dr. Thomas Harbaum, deputy director and by the respective Branch Chiefs.
The next EMBI Course will take place on 18-22 March 2013. For more information please visit the course website regularly.
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