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Training firm to launch Airport Trauma Care Courses in 2015

Aviassist Foundation, a training firm specializing in aviation safety, is to launch an Airport Trauma Care Course (ATCC) in eastern and southern Africa from 2015. The course will be held in collaboration with UMCG Ambulance Services of the Netherlands.

ATCC will be a three-day course aiming at teaching a simple, systematic approach to the management of trauma patients.

A section of participants at a 2Gether 4Safety Seminar organized by AviAssist.

A section of participants at a 2Gether 4Safety Seminar organized by AviAssist.

The AviAssist Foundation has already entered into a five year corporate social responsibility agreement with UMCG Ambulance Services for delivery of the course.

“We are very grateful for the partnership with UMCG Ambulance Services, which ensures that we work with experts that share this operational responsibility on a daily basis with their colleagues in Africa,” stated AviAssist Director Tom Kok.

An Emergency Response Plan (ERP) is the backbone of an orderly and efficient transition from normal to emergency airport operations. Its production and regular exercise exposes bottlenecks that could aggravate a response in a real emergency.

The ERP is also a crucial part of an airport’s Safety Management System, a basis of standards from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). In turn, medical services and the way an airport deals with the injured are vital in the ERP.

“A critical component in all this is the quality of care received from first responders and medical personnel. However, access to emergency medical training in Africa is a challenge. With this course, the AviAssist Foundation helps to address a shortage of trauma care training opportunities in the region,” Kok, explains. “The course takes its inspiration from the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course”.

The ATLS course is a training program for medical providers in the management of acute trauma cases, developed by the American College of Surgeons. Originally designed for emergency situations where only one doctor and one nurse are present, ATLS is now widely accepted as the standard of care for initial assessment and treatment in trauma centres. It teaches a simplified and standardized approach to trauma patients.

The premise of the ATLS program is to treat the greatest threat to life first. Survivors should be classified to determine the order of priority for treatment and transportation.

“We are open for requests from the East and Southern African region to host our courses in 2015 & 2016,” says Kok.

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