It is completely pitch black on the bus. I turn around and imagine that there are people injured in the aisle. In addition to my cry for help, it is scary silence among the others in the bus. Next to me is my best friend, trouble breathing and bleeding. A couple of people in reflective vests will be on the bus, check including breathing and pulse on us, and sets respective patch wrist. RED. My friend got a red patch. I ask if that means that she will die and a person looking me in the eyes with a reassuring glance, and says that they will soon come back with more help.
How realistic it even feels it is thankfully not the. Not this time. The exercise arranged by Nacka Värmdö Rescue Society and is part of a three-day training in disaster medicine. participants, who are students on everything from first to last semester, learn how to act on that day like, and possibly even larger, done properly. It has been shown that despite international goal to increase the teaching of disaster medicine in medical schools, has not happened. Most universities teach very little or nothing about the subject. At the same time, the number of disasters and more people suffer.
The above text was written by Therese Löf, she and Hanna Jerndal participated both in the train nobody in Disaster Medicine held in early February.
Therese, What was your role in the train no?
Me and Anton Ahlbäck is peer-to-peer trainers in disaster medicine, and learned over the weekend including out what a disaster is by definition, the damage expected from various types of disasters and prehospital care management.
What did the participants do?
Theoretical presentations mixed with practical elements like table top simulations where participants would inter alia deal with an imaginary great misfortune and by radio to report to the "Emergency" who sat in the next room, and also consisted of participants. We invited speakers from including the Red Cross, MSB, Umeå University and Karolinska Institutet. Dr von Schreeb contributed ethics in disaster and international coordination, and Olof Semb with psychological first aid. We also had a focus on international humanitarian law and how it is to work as health professionals in a disaster.
What was it that took part?
To train no, we had invited students across the Nordic region. It was a really great team, and the only thing we could have wished were students in other health professions other than doctors. Maybe you next time? We got fantastic nice feedback which is incredibly fun. 55% of the participants felt that the knowledge was so important that all students in the health sector should learn what we taught, and further 40% responded to the same question that they thought it was very useful knowledge. At the same time, we managed to inspire 95 % To learn more about disaster medicine. This is the Interest Group for Disaster Medicine within IFMSA-Sweden's first training, so it could only get better from here!
Hannah tell me what it was that caused you to open their eyes to the medical profession, and Emergency Medicine!
It was an ordinary day in October 2012. That was what was so terrible. For the villagers of Betshahore it was an ordinary day, but that day changed my life. It was normalized to the people I met had no access to care or even drinking water. It was in Palestine that I decided to study to become a doctor. I knew then that I would like to work internationally on a beautiful day, When I collected myself enough experience. When I am now in my last semester of the medical program, I realize that it really would have been desirable to have more focus on international work, medical field and disaster medicine during training. And more so, I think that it would have been desirable that we actually had to study it. In an increasingly globalized world with more and more disasters as do we, Swedish doctors take advantage of this knowledge. Even in our environment, we need to manage the results of climate change, threatening epidemics, greater violence M.M..
What did you learn during the weekend?
On the research side, there is much to do and where Sweden has a chance to through international partnerships support and exchange knowledge with the countries most affected by disasters. As I learned in the train nobody in disaster medicine: 1 Dollars spent on preventive measures equivalent to 7 dollars for what needs to be done in retrospect. Thanks to train any of Disaster Medicine as we had students who have an interest in disaster medicine a chance to meet inspiring teachers, health care professionals who have worked internationally and other students who are passionate about the same thing. Medical students, Therese and Anton shared in an interactive way with their knowledge of the course they have gone in Disaster Medicine in Northern Italy (See blog post about it here! www.ifmsa.se/katastrofmedicin-i-italien/).
Over the weekend, I learned things that I think I will be of great benefit - not only in the field or at accident scenes, but also in my everyday work, I now go into the doctor. Being able to collaborate effectively, make quick decisions, manage stress and to prioritize because of lack of resources is as important in clinics and in the field. Having a genomövad action plan ready in case of accidents or any. terrorism also feels more and more relevant in today's society.
It was a fantastic weekend with a good balance between the informative and practical exercises. I hope this can get to be the start of more projects in disaster medicine, both within IFMSA and medical programs. Thanks for a really good rate!
Want to join the lobby for disaster medicine? level katastrofmedicin @ ifmsa.se. Would you also become a trainer in disaster medicine? Search latest 19 February this: Application to Training Disaster Medicine Trainers Year 2017