Best Practice in Pre-Hospital Care WS in Landstuhl

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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.

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MEDEVAL USA 212th Combat Support Hospital

The MILMED COE Training Branch organized and conducted a Medical Evaluation (MEDEVAL) of the USA 212th Combat Support Hospital (CSH) at the Miesau Army Ammo Depot, Germany, from 18-22 April, 2016.

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The NATO MEDEVAL TEAM and Staff of 212th CSH

Photo by CPT Tonia Jordan (212th CSH) 

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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.

Statement by NATO Secretary General on Brussels explosions

 

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.

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2nd Combat Medical Care Conference 2016

 

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The 2nd Combat Medical Care (CMC) Conference will be held on 29 - 30 June 2016 in Ulm/Neu-Ulm, Germany. It will be the largest international symposium on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) in military and law enforcement missions for medics, EMTs, paramedics, nurses and physicians.

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