3rd DHS Course - Level 1 in Marseille, 6-10 June 2016
Since 2013, the Budapest-based NATO MILMED COE in cooperation with the French Forces Epidemiology and Public Health Centre (CESPA) in Marseille, proposes yearly a course dedicated to medical personnel: the NATO Deployment Health Surveillance Course - Level 1. This course aims to enhance NATO force protection skills against the threat of infectious diseases and bioterrorist attacks.
In June 2016, 21 physicians and nurses from 11 nations, namely Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Qatar, Sweden, Swiss, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom attended this 3rd course after the Pilot in 2013. They acquired necessary knowledge to wider understand the importance of health surveillance as part of military medical support and to become active actor in its implementation and development.
'Breaking boundaries' Workshop in Budapest
The NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine (MILMED COE) conducted the 3rd NATO Medical Lessons Learned Workshop in Budapest, Hungary from 12 to 14 April 2016. It was a very successful workshop focused on developing methods to share nationally developed medical observations, Lessons and Good and Best practices within the Health Support Services arena. Attended by 16 people from 7 nations the 2 day meeting produced guidance that outlines processes that will support a nation’s ability and willingness to share. The result is a flexible process, controlled by the providing nation, that is designed to allow each participating nation to provide what they are comfortable sharing. Each nation can choose individually and adjustments to those decisions can be made at any time. Additionally the participants unanimously decided to create a standing organization /the Multinational Medical Lessons Learned Team (MMLLT))/ to lead and stimulate the sharing across the alliance.
Best Practice in Pre-Hospital Care WS in Landstuhl
As a result of the outcome of the HFM-249 Symposium on "Emerging Technological Advances in Tactical Casualty Care” in Warsaw, April 2015, the NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine (MILMED COE), in cooperation with the Regional Health Command Europe, USAREUR Command Surgeon and STO HFM Panel, organized a Workshop on "Best Practice in Pre-Hospital Care". This workshop was held in Landstuhl, Germany from 14-16 March 2016 and merged with STO HFM-Exploratory Team (ET-140) "Development of an accepted and comparable system of indicators of performance and best practices for the deployed medical system". The workshop on Best Practice in Pre-Hospital Care was attended by 43 participants from 11 nations including BUL, CAN, CZE, DEU, DNK, FRA, GBR, ITA, NLD, ROU and USA.
Pre-Hospital Care encompasses the care that is provided from the point of wounding until the admission to ROLE 2/3. Considering that the majority of deaths on a battlefield occur before reaching a medical treatment facility, pre-hospital care remains a very important factor for the further improvement of survival rates. The aim of the workshop was to provide NATO nations with further details regarding Continuous Improvement on Health Care on Operation. Multiple topics were covered and included pain management in the battlefield, Tactical Combat Casualty Care Guidelines, new and refined imaging technologies, resuscitation techniques, drugs such as Tranexamic Acid (TXA) which may contribute in earlier administration to prevent coagulopathies, and Trauma Registries as an important landmark to be implemented into all NATO environments.
NATO Secretary General's statement on Brussels explosions
The personnel of MILMED COE offer their deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims of the tragic event on 22 March 2016 in Brussels.
COMEDS Chairman visit
"With thanks and appreciation on behalf of the entire allied medical community to an institution that is bringing some of the greatest advances in NATO medical readiness for decades." - wrote MG Jean-Robert Bernier (CAN), Chairman of the Committee of the Chiefs of Military Medical Services in NATO (COMEDS) in a visit to Budapest on 4-5 February 2016.
After talks with the Commander of the Hungarian Defence Forces Medical Centre, MG István Szabó, the Chairman accompanied by the COMEDS Liaison Officer, COL Gerald Rots (NLD) was received by the Hungarian Deputy Chief of Defence, LTG Dr. Zoltán Orosz.