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Analysis of the pre-incident education and subsequent performance of emergency medical responders to the Volendam café fire.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16276254     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: At this moment, in the Netherlands, rescue workers are not given any specific standardized training in disaster response or disaster management. After the café fire in Volendam, the Netherlands, on New Year's Eve 2000, around 200 rescue workers were deployed on-site. The aim of this study is to investigate the rescue workers' experiences with regard to their level of preparation for the emergency response. METHODS: In 2002, 30 members of the medical and paramedical personnel were requested to participate in a structured interview, focused on education, task perception, triage and registration. RESULTS: Twenty-seven participated. Twenty-two rescue workers received previous training in emergency medicine. During the alarm phase, 11 rescue workers had a clear perception of their tasks. Twenty-four were involved in triage and injury assessment. Three rescue workers used a protocol for triage and 15 for injury assessment. Twenty-five rescue workers gave on-scene treatment and 15 used a protocol. Eight registered their findings. CONCLUSIONS: Preparation for the emergency response lacked standardized procedures. The use of triage protocols was extremely poor, as was documentation of actions. Slightly more than half of the personnel followed treatment protocols. It is advisable that all rescue workers become familiar with the basic uniform principles and protocols regarding disaster management. A dedicated and standardized national disaster management course is needed for all rescue workers.
Lieke Welling; Roberto S G M Perez; Sabine M van Harten; Peter Patka; Dave P Mackie; Robert W Kreis; Joost J L M Bierens
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of emergency medicine : official journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine     Volume:  12     ISSN:  0969-9546     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Emerg Med     Publication Date:  2005 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-11-08     Completed Date:  2006-01-24     Revised Date:  2009-11-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9442482     Medline TA:  Eur J Emerg Med     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  265-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgery, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Emergency Medical Services / standards*
Emergency Medical Technicians / education,  organization & administration*
Interviews as Topic
Rescue Work / statistics & numerical data*
Triage / methods*
Comment In:
Eur J Emerg Med. 2005 Dec;12(6):263-4   [PMID:  16276253 ]

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