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Emergency Medical Services in Europe

Published on 15/03/2005

Every year, there are approximately 100 million medical emergencies in Europe, ranging from cardiac arrests and traffic accidents to natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes. While the types of emergencies are similar throughout
Europe, the infrastructures to manage them often differ from one country to another. Moreover, the sharing of practices and the cooperation between States are infrequent.However, in 1996, the “112”, the standard European emergency number, made its contribution to improving coordination between the European Union member States. Expanding on this effort, European Days on the Cooperation of Emergency Medical Services in Europe took place on 14 and 15 March 2005 in Paris and included more than 350 participants. This conference is part of a European programme called ‘HESCULAEP ‘, started in December 2003 for a period of four years. In the medical emergency field, this project aims at facilitating the exchange of information, knowledge, practices and at establishing the appropriate infrastructure to generate sustainable, long-term cooperation in the organisation of research programmes.Concerned by the promotion of an efficient transversal cooperation of the Emergency Medical Services in Europe, the Congress reviewed the effectiveness of the ‘112’ number and identified the main aspects of the project for the future. For example, through collaboration, it is considered merging the files of the cardiopathies in the Paris region and in Andalusia, which would then allow the monitoring of around 30 million people. Participants also discussed other topics such as alert systems, bio-terrorist risk, and equal access to emergency care. As there are huge disparities in access to care, the question of the first aid education to the general public and of the availability of defibrillators in public places
throughout Europe was discussed. Much remains to do in the development of the Emergency Medical Services. The mobilization of the project partners allows marked improvements in this field. Next meeting: June 2006 in Sevilla.


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