Manmade, as well as natural disasters occur more
and more often. The medical response is a initial component of the
Medical First responders are presented daily with new and more complex
challenges while preparing for and responding to those disasters.
The objective of the project is to identify the needs
of the first responders in five key areas, and to match those needs
with existing knowledge, technology and products.
The end product of the project will be a roadmap, suggested to the
Euopean Commission Enterprise General Directorate, pointing out areas
where future Research and Developments activities are required.
The 5 Areas are:
1. Training Methodology and Technology
2. The Human Impact of Disasters
3. Law and ethics
4. Personal Protective Equipment
5. Use of Blood Components in Disasters
The work will be achieved through research activities
conducted by the partners in charge, followed by workshops and a final
The research aim is to map existing Know how and
products, as well as lessons learned from real incidents. Then 5 workshops
will be conducted. For each subject one workshop will be organised.
During the workshop the results of the research will
be presented, and the needs of the first responders will be identified.
As a result , a map of needs not covered by current Knowledge and
products will emerge.
The final step will be to priotise the different needs identified
as requiring further R&D.
The medical first responders will be invited to the
workshop, along with experts in the field and representatives from
This project is unique since it brings together first
responders from different realities in Europe,and the middle East
(Israelis and Palestinians). This broad view of realities, experiencies
and needs, with be further strengthen through the responders and experts
who will be invited to partecipate in the workshops (Such as the Austrian
Red Cross, Turkish Red Crescent, experts from Sarajevo).
The aim of this broad view is to ensure a real European
perspective of the work, followed by a real contribution to achieving
the of European goal safer communities.
Since this project involved before in EU funded project, a strong
European network will be built , enabling exchange of experience and
best practises along with interaction with research institutions,
thus focusing researchers on the real needs of the field.
The Direct result of this project will be a report
suggesting areas where R&D activities are required, in order to
have better response capacities, which result in better prepared European
Communities. Besides the direct result, the following results are
Building a strong network of Medical First
Responders, with a Broad view of different realities.
Partnership between First Responders and research
institutes, thus focusing future activities more on identified
needs. Giving an opportunity to the European Industry to have
a real added value by meeting needs emerging from the grass root
Involving organisations in Europe that did
not participate so far in EU activities, in such project.
In overall view, in this project a real European
impact is expected, providing an opportunity to new players to be
involved in EU activities, building a strong network, that should
result in cooperation between the end users and industry/researchers,
and tecnology that will be more driven to meet the needs of the field.
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