Int’l Emergency Medical Services confab opens in Davao City

DAVAO CITY, 18 June (PIA) –A total of 1,000 participants  coming from 25 countries in the Asia-Pacific Region are in the first Emergency Medical Service, EMS ASIA 2018  held  here from June 18 to 19.

Dr. Benedict Edward Valdez, chair of the EMS Asia Convention and a resident surgeon of the Department of Emergency Medicine of the Southern Philippines Medical Center said  this year’s convention focuses on research and the standardization of trainings for all health practitioners in the field of Emergency and Pre-hospital care from the doctors, nurses, researchers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and first responders. 

He said the activity is with the corresponding support from the Department of Health XI, City Government of Davao, Davao Central 911 and the Asian Association for Emergency Medical Services, in collaboration with the Philippine College of Emergency Medicine.

“It is a great learning experience as we discuss conducting response in the wilderness, water rescue, and trauma life support,” Valdez said.

He looked forward that this convention would also provide a platform for extensive discussions of moving forward and assist one another in improving outcomes for health emergencies with the leadership of the Asian Association for Emergency Medical Services.

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Valdez said the two-day confab covers the latest topics and trends in the practice of emergency care.

He said it includes tracks on disaster and pre-hospital care, telemedicine and pre-hospital care, EMS care for the vulnerable populations, strategies for improving outcomes in out of hospital cardiac arrest, training and research in EMS, and occupational health and quality management in EMS.

Earlier, eight pre-convention workshops happened in June 16 and 17 which included pre-hospital trauma life support, EMS medical directors workshop, Triage and Mass Casualty Management and Incident Command System, out of the hospital cardiac arrest dispatcher training course, pre-hospital evaluation of emergency using point-of-care ultrasound, wilderness first aid and a course on water rescue.

 Meantime, Dr. Martin Luna, president of the Philippine College of Emergency Medicine cited the need for an enabling law standardizing the practice of Emergency Medical Service nationwide.

 He said a proposed bill has been passed in the lower chamber and the Senate through Senator Sonny Angara calling for the standardization of the EMS practice, nationwide.  (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)



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