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Webinar Series

All previous webinars are available for viewing below. The three most recent webinars are exclusively available to WADEM members.

Presenter Presentation Topic Date/Time
Prof. Sakiko Kanbara Development of Disaster Nursing as Solutions to Global Issues from Japan 25 July 2019
Dr. Rowena Christiansen Prehospital Management of Accidental Hypothermia & Cold Injuries – An Update of the Australian Resuscitation Council Guidelines 28 March 2019
Sean Smith, FP-C/CFRN, CCRN Medical Detectives and Mass Fatality Incidents 28 February 2019
Eric Weinstein, MD, MS, EMDM Mass Casualty Incident Triage and then Some 31 January 2019

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Mass Casualty Incident Triage and then Some - Dr. Eric Weinstein

Webinar Date: 31 January 2019

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Mass Casualty Incident Triage and then Some...

The decisions to sort, assess, treat, and transport the many injured in one or several close locations after a sudden onset disaster is a challenge to balance resources in an ethical manner. The science is evolving to create an ideal system where there are basic fundamentals to concentrate when working with the actors involved to reach a common platform in context to base education, exercises, and set outcomes.

The webinar presentation consists of the following objectives:

  1. Theory:
    1. Model Uniform Core Criteria “MUCC”
    2. Review of (most) Mass Casualty Triage Systems
  2. Science:
    1. Exercise Design and Evaluation
    2. Outcome Studies
  3. Practical:
    1. Planning Process
    2. Exercise Design and Evaluation
    3. Special Situation

Complex Humanitarian Health Crisis: Venezuela in Emergency - Dr. Adriana Tami

Webinar Date: 5 December 2018

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Complex Humanitarian Health Crisis: Venezuela in Emergency

During the past four years, Venezuela has plunged into a humanitarian, economic, and health crisis of extraordinary proportions. Economic and political mismanagement have precipitated a general collapse of Venezuela’s health system with hyperinflation rates above 25,000%, increased poverty, and long-term shortages of essential medicines and medical supplies. This complex situation has resulted in the dismantling of structures at the institutional, legal, political, social, and economic levels affecting the life and well-being of the entire population.

In this context, the rapid resurgence of previously well-controlled diseases, such as vaccine-preventable (measles, diphtheria) and arthropod-borne (malaria, dengue) diseases has turned them into epidemics of unprecedented magnitudes. In response to Venezuela’s rapidly decaying situation, a massive population exodus is ongoing towards neighboring countries. Emigrating infected individuals are unwillingly causing a spill-over of diseases beyond Venezuela’s boundaries. With a government in denial of the current healthcare tragedy and neglect towards the re-emergence of diseases, a dangerous scenario is brewing for even further epidemics of vast consequences not only in Venezuela but in the region of the Americas.

Older Adults in the Eye of the Storm - Prof. Sue Anne Bell

Webinar Date: 25 October 2018

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Older Adults in the Eye of the Storm: Research & Practice to Improve Health of Seniors after a Disaster

The repercussions of disasters for older adults can be severe, as the aging population is particularly vulnerable to the effects of a disaster. While the risks to older adults are clear, the diverse mechanisms by which older adults are harmed—or are resilient and recover—remain understudied. In this webinar, Dr. Bell discusses her research on long-term health effects of disasters on older adults, where a fundamental premise of her work is to use novel methods to understand how disasters affect health outside of the common focus on the immediate after effects, with the aim of building a better disaster response.

Integrating Palliative Care & Symptom Relief into Responses to Humanitarian Emergencies - Dr. Eric Krakauer

Webinar Date: 27 September 2018

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Integrating Palliative Care & Symptom Relief into Responses to Humanitarian Emergencies and Crises: A Medical and Moral Imperative

Responses to humanitarian emergencies and crises rarely include palliative care, the discipline devoted to preventing and relieving suffering rather than to specific diseases, organs or technical skills. This presentation, based on a new guidance document from the World Health Organization (WHO), describes the medical and moral necessity of integrating palliative care and pain relief into responses to humanitarian emergencies and crises of all types.

It offers an expanded conception of palliative care based on the needs of people affected by humanitarian emergencies and crises, explores the false dichotomy of saving lives and relieving suffering, and describes an essential package of palliative care interventions, medicines, equipment, and human resources for humanitarian emergencies and crises.

Introduction of Pediatric Physiological and Anatomical Triage Score in MCIs - Dr. Chiaki Toida

Webinar Date: 30 August 2018

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Introduction of Pediatric Physiological and Anatomical Triage Score in Mass-Casualty Incidents

Triage plays an important role in providing suitable care to the largest number of casualties in a disaster setting. As a result, the Pediatric Physiological and Anatomical Triage score (PPATS) was developed as a new secondary triage method. Dr. Toida’s team also evaluated the accuracy of prediction for ICU-indicated patients by comparing the PPATS to conventional triage methods, such as the Physiological and Anatomical Triage (PAT) and the Triage Revised Trauma Score (TRTS).

Ethics of Real Time EMS Direction - Dr. Jay Brenner

Webinar Date: 26 July 2018

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The Ethics of Real-Time EMS Direction: Suggested Curricular Content

Ethical dilemmas can create moral distress in even the most experienced emergency physicians (EPs). Following reasonable and justified approaches can help alleviate such distress. This presentation will help guide EPs providing Emergency Medical Services (EMS) direction to navigate through common ethical issues confronted in the prehospital delivery of care, including protecting privacy and confidentiality, decision-making capacity and refusal of treatment, withholding of treatment, and termination of resuscitation (TOR). This requires a strong foundation in the principles and theories underlying sound ethical decisions that EPs and prehospital providers make every day in good faith, but will now also make with more awareness and conscientiousness.

Response of Dhulikhel Hospital after Earthquake in Nepal, 2015 - Sulekha Shrestha

Webinar Date: 20 June 2018

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Response of Dhulikhel Hospital after Earthquake in Nepal, 2015

The Nepal Earthquake of 2015, a 7.8 magnitude quake, struck near the city of Kathmandu in central Nepal on 25 April 2015. It affected more than eight million people: about 9,000 people were killed, many thousands more were injured, and more than 600,000 structures in Kathmandu and the surrounding towns were either damaged or destroyed. Immediately after the quake, the Nepalese government declared a state of emergency.

Shortly after the first earthquake struck on 25 April, patients started arriving at Dhulikhel Hospital (DH) in Kathmandu. DH commenced free medical services immediately after the earthquake. All five operating rooms at DH treated earthquake trauma victims for nearly 24 hours a day for more than a week. Over the course of six weeks, there were 549 surgeries performed.

Understanding Terror Medicine - Prof. Leonard Cole

Webinar Date: 14 March 2018

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Understanding Terror Medicine

The field of terror medicine emerged early in the 21st century prompted by an increase of global terrorism. Its growth has reflected the need for the medical community to anticipate and optimally react to a terrorist threat. Terror medicine overlaps with aspects of emergency and disaster medicine. It also includes a constellation of medical and security issues distinctively related to terrorist attacks. Terror medicine encompasses four broad areas: preparedness, incident management, mechanisms of injuries and responses, and psychological consequences. A substantial literature on the subject has developed in recent years.

Flight Medicine…Touching Lives…Touching the Face of God - Sean Smith

Webinar Date: 2 March 2018

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Flight Medicine…Touching Lives…Touching the Face of God…

This presentation reviews the evolution of Flight Medicine, from Marie Marvingt – “The Bride of Danger”, to the drums of World War, present-day military Med-Evacs, and beyond to modern specialized civilian teams, such as the Royal Doctors Flying Service (RFDS), NASA, Neonatal-Pediatric Transport, ECMO, Ebola, and more!

Recreational Substances at Music Festivals: From Public Health to Critical Care - Dr. Brendan Munn

Webinar Date: 24 January 2018

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Preparing and Planning for Recreational Substances at Music Festivals: Considerations from Public Health to Critical Care

This presentation includes a review of what is known from the literature about music festivals and the use of recreational substances at these events, followed by a review of key concepts for consideration in planning for these events from a mass gathering/directorship standpoint and the rationale of their importance.