We all hope that no one gets hurt on a project site, but it is better to prepare for the worst. When a medical emergency occurs, it can be an extremely stressful situation, resulting in confusion about what to do next. This is where emergency medical intervention plans come in.
A medical emergency response plan is a road map of how to transport a patient from the point of injury or illness to a definitive care facility. Creating a response plan can be a daunting task, a task that takes several hours to complete properly.
Because we know first-hand how difficult it is to create a medical emergency response plan, we list six things that we always include.
1. Contact Information
The first thing that a medical emergency response plan should include is contact information for key employees. This includes the names and phone numbers of on-site medical staff, local emergency services, hospitals, project managers and telemedicine services.
Other contacts to consider include support for air evacuation and embassies. In addition to names and phone numbers for contacts, including emails and even time zones can be helpful, especially when creating a medical emergency plan for an international project site. .
2. Plan of Medevac
The medical evacuation plan sets out all the measures to be taken in the event of a medical emergency. One of the best ways to view this plan is to use an organization chart. Some steps to include in the organization chart are:
Assessment of Injury or Illness
What to do if the injury is considered a medical emergency
What to do if the patient is treated on the spot but his condition worsens
The steps necessary to coordinate an evacuation, including the evacuation provider to contact first
When to contact the telemedicine service
Ideally, this flow chart should be easy to follow for everyone, including non-medical professionals. Although contact information for medical and evacuation service providers must be included at the beginning of the medical emergency response plan, it may be helpful to indicate it next to each referral provider. in the organization chart. This helps reduce stress and reaction time in an emergency.
3. Recommended Hospitals
A list of local hospitals recommended is an essential part of any medical emergency response plan. Depending on the distance between the project site and the final care, it may be useful to include both a stabilization hospital and a definitive care hospital.
The capabilities of each hospital must be carefully controlled before being included, the abilities must be listed in the intervention plan. Some specific abilities to look for are:
Intensive Care Unit
An in-depth examination of the quality of care is particularly important for international hospitals because not all provide care at the western level.
4. Transportation Resources
It can be difficult to bring a patient to definitive care, especially when he is working on a remote project site. For this reason, it is important to include contact details of reliable transportation options in each medical emergency response plan.
Most response plans include information on two types of transportation: ground and air. Contact information, such as phone number, e-mail address, website and address, must be included for at least one provider of each type. A brief description, including all service concerns, should also be included.
5. Local Health Risks
When operating on an international scale, the locations of each project carry their own risks. Many viruses are more prevalent in some parts of the world and political instability can lead to violence. Each medical emergency response plan should take into account local health risks like these.
Including descriptions and symptoms of viruses prevalent in the project area, such as malaria, dengue fever and hepatitis B, may help health care providers and patients to identify life-threatening infections In addition, listing potential security risks, such as terrorism, can be helpful.
6. Diplomatic Resources
Knowing the location and contact details of diplomatic resources, such as embassies, is essential, especially when it comes to employing expatriates. The address, GPS coordinates, phone number, email, website and times must be included in the medical emergency response plan for each embassy.
If you are thinking of creating a medical emergency response plan for your international project site, we can help you. Contact us today to find out more about our emergency medical response planning and other telemedicine services.