Magen David Adom host two COVID-19 webinars in June

Magen David Adom host two COVID-19 webinars in June

On Wednesday 3rd June 2020, NO-FEAR partner Magen David Adom (MDA) kicked off this months’ series of webinars, with a webinar on “Hospital organization – COVID 19”, the first of two webinars hosted by MDA this month. Both webinars are organised as part of the NO-FEAR project’s Work Package 4, led by MDA, and focusing on “Acute care operations in security incidents.” The project’s activities are now geared towards building a better response to COVID-19. Many of the NO-FEAR partners, including MDA, are frontline responders to the COVID-19 pandemic and their experiences during this time are instrumental to informing the work and activities taking place across the projects Work Packages. 

The first webinar on “Hospital organization – COVID 19” was organised to facilitate the sharing of experiences and lessons that are being learned on a daily basis in relation to hospital organization in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The webinar began with background information on the project and the different Work Packages that comprise the NO-FEAR project. The NO-FEAR Coordinator Professor Francesco Della Corte, from CRIMEDIM, then welcomed the 39 participants to the webinar which included presentations on the situation, challenges and positive lessons learnt and issues to improve in hospitals across five countries. Presentations included: 

  • Dr. Alberto Hernández Tejedor, SAMUR P.C Madrid, presenting on the situation in Madrid and the decision to install a field hospital which was admitting patients within four days. 
  • Dra. Judith Gutierrez 12 de Octubre Madrid, University Hospital, presenting on the situation in Spain and Madrid and the return back to normality. Participants also had the opportunity to learn about a tool the University have developed to measure the response of each team and identify what the team has done well and what can be improved.   
  • Professor Francesco Della Corte, NO-FEAR coordinator from CRIMEDIM, presenting information on the Maggiore Hospital located in Italy and the management of COVID-19. This included information on the positive lessons such as the community offering solidarity and economic support and areas for improvement. 
  • Ms. Noa Hasdai, Ministry of Health – Israel, presenting on the tasks and challenges of the healthcare system in an emergency. This included sharing information on training and skills and how staff receive yearly training.
  • Dr. Massimo Fantoni, Fondazione Policlinico Agostino Gemelli IRCCS, presented information on how the Columbus hospital in Italy was assigned as a COVID-19 hospital and how the impact of COVID-19 in Northern Italy meant that they had time to build their response at the Columbus and Gemelli hospitals. 
  • Dr. Catherine Bertrand, SAMU – AP-HP – France, sharing information on the situation in France and on Phase 2 of the containment exit plan.
  • Prof. Ives Hubloue, Research Group on Emergency and Disaster Medicine VUB, highlighting how the University Hospital Brussels is part of the Brussels EMS “SAMU” and discussed the main activities undertaken to prepare for COVID-19, such as creating new COVID19 areas.
  • Odeda Benin-Goren, RN CEN PhD, presenting on personnel management and national human resources’ challenges, including quarantined personnel. 
  • Prof. Pinchas (Pinny) Halpern, MD, Tel Aviv Medical Center, discussing a multidisciplinary process of rapid upsurge in mass mechanical ventilation capacity in the Israel response to COVID-19. 

MDA will be hosting a second webinar on 23rd June at 3pm CEST focusing on “EMS operations lessons learned from the COVID 19 response”. To access the joining information and recordings of both webinars, please visit the NO-FEAR portal here. If you are not a member of a NO-FEAR network, please register here to access the joining information. 

NO-FEAR is a 5-year project that brings together a network of emergency medical care practitioners, suppliers, decision and policy makers to collaborate and exchange knowledge, good practices, and lessons learned in disaster and crisis management. Our networks work together to develop a common understanding and to enhance the response to security-related incidents. The NO-FEAR project seeks to harness the rich experience of our members and leverage our network to improve the exchange of good practices and information in Europe and beyond. To join one of the NO-FEAR networks and become part of our community, sign up to our portal:

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