CAS Medicines and Medical Devices in Emergency and Disaster 2020

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Information

Period

February 2020 - June 2021
15 ECTS credits
120 Teaching hours

Language

English

Format

On-site

Contact

Laurence SCHUMACHER
+41 (0)58 773 46 20
info(at)disaster-pharmacy.ch

Registration

Registration deadline

12 January 2020
Modules can be followed individually
Module 4 can't be followed individually.

Fees:

CHF 3'500 for the complete programme

CHF 750 per module

Objectives

  • Integrate the basics of pharmaceutical crisis leadership and management
  • Acquire extensive knowledge on the logistics, use and management of medicines and medical devices in emergency and disaster situations
  • Apply this knowledge to a professional environment for the benefit of patients
  • Exercise interprofessional collaboration in emergency and disaster contexts
  • Share experiences with colleagues working in different environments and understand their respective issues related to therapeutic products (ambulatory, hospital, industrial, administrative, humanitarian and military)

Audience

Pharmacist working in the field of emergency and disaster management, including humanitarian and military pharmacist, as well as hospital, community, industrial and administrative pharmacist, physician and nurse working in a hospital and/or pre-hospital emergency department and qualified paramedic wishing to improve their specific pharmaceutical and pharmacological knowledge

Learning outcomes

  • Obtain specialized and multidisciplinary knowledge on drugs and medical devices used in emergency and disaster
  • Transfer the knowledge learned in the own professional field and evaluate the results
  • Be able to analyse, judge, document and provide grounded justification to complex pharmaceutical issues within new and unfamiliar contexts of health crisis
  • Respond to other arguments and develop, justify and negotiate alternative solutions regarding the supply of medicines and medical devices during a health crisis (including appropriate pharmaceutical production on site)
  • Become familiar with their areas of expertise and professional fields and be able to independently process, evaluate and integrate relevant knowledge on drugs and medical devices

Programme

6 modules

  • Context, conduct and health organization in crisis
  • Use of drugs and medical devices in emergency situations, Part I: Theoretical background
  • Use of medicines and medical devices in emergency situations, Part II: practical applications
  • CBRN Threats: Toxicology, antidote use and special risk management
  • Biological risk management in health care
  • Logistics and pharmaceutical production in disaster and extraordinary situation

Portfolio thesis

Director(s)

Prof. Pascal BONNABRY, Faculty of Science, University of Geneva

Coordinator(s)

Laurence SCHUMACHER, University of Geneva

Partnership

University of Basel
Our modern societies are particularly vulnerable to natural or man-made disasters due, in particular, to their high dependence on technology and their concentration in urban areas (requiring extensive infrastructure). In addition, globalisation and economic pressure renders availability of essential goods sometimes difficult.
In this context, as well as in daily emergencies in (pre-)hospital and hospital settings and in the humanitarian context, the role of drugs and medical devices is obvious in treating victims and guaranteeing the survival of most individuals. In this respect, specific pharmaceutical and pharmacological knowledge but also sense of priorities are essential for every health professional involved in emergency and disaster situations.
Thus, the overall objective of this CAS is to provide a recognized interprofessional postgraduate university training in emergency and disaster pharmacy. This will make it possible to transmit new or lacking skills to qualified pharmacists, but also to physicians and paramedics and other health professionals, and thus strengthen their qualification in this specific field.

Date(s)

4 February 2020
5 February 2020

Location

University Medical Centre (CMU), Geneva

Description

  • Establish and use a link between risks, threats and benefits appropriate to the crisis situation
  • Define and understand emergency and disaster medicine and pharmacy
  • Explain the principles of health crisis management
  • Describe the need for therapeutic products in a health crisis situation and their amount as defined daily doses per patient
  • Differentiate the roles of health professionals and their complementarity in the context of disaster medicine

Date(s)

23 March 2020
24 March 2020
25 March 2020

Location

University Medical Centre (CMU), Geneva

Description

  • Describe clinical situations and therapeutic needs in crisis situations
  • Illustrate the specificities of therapeutic products used during crisis situations and of their logistic management
  • Develop minimum standards to be applied in crisis situations (protocols, kits, etc.)
  • Construct interdisciplinary collaboration based on strengths and knowledge of each professional in crisis situations

Date(s)

4 May 2020
5 May 2020
6 May 2020

Location

Rama Training Centre, Cugy (Lausanne region)

Description

  • Determine therapeutic needs in practice according to different clinical situations
  • Experience specificities of therapeutic products used during crisis situations
  • Apply the minimum standards to be respected in crisis situations (protocols, kits, etc.)
  • Exercise practically multidisciplinary collaboration in crisis

Date(s)

16 June 2020
17 June 2020

Location

Federal Training Centre Schwarzenburg (Bern region)

Description

AHLS course validated

  • Identify CBRN risks and threats in Switzerland and around the world
  • Assess toxidromes and diagnose contamination
  • Choose protective measures adapted to CBRN risks (for patients and oneself)
  • Explain the decontamination measures
  • Describe the poisoning treatment paradigm, including specific antidotes

Date(s)

7 September 2020
8 September 2020
9 September 2020

Location

University Hospital Bern

Description

  • Assess natural and manmade biological risks
  • Elaborate the necessary preventive, protective and hygienic measures during outbreak
  • Assess the role of vaccination in crisis and post-crisis situations (interdisciplinary role)
  • Identify essential antibiotics for emergency or crisis situations and their specificities

Date(s)

18 November 2020
19 November 2020
20 November 2020

Location

Military Pharmacy, Ittigen (Bern region)

Description

  • Become familiar with the principle of emergency production and stockpiling of drugs
  • Perform a risk analysis in the supply chain field and handle shortages
  • Describe the principles of continuity planning of distributors and international mission support
  • Recognize falsified drugs and know simple methods to analyse drinking water
  • Know the possibilities of emergency production within the pharmacy of the Swiss Armed Forces and the essential elements of a drug production facility
This CAS provides an interprofessional training in emergency and disaster pharmacy. In health crisis context, including humanitarian and daily emergencies in (pre-)hospital settings, the role of drugs and medical devices is obvious in treating victims and guaranteeing the survival of most individual

Admission criteria

  • holding a master's degree, a university degree or a bachelor's degree in pharmacy or medicine from a Swiss or foreign university, a master's degree or a bachelor's degree from a university of applied sciences (UAS) in nursing care or a diploma from an ambulance school or a title deemed equivalent and
  • being able to demonstrate a minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience related to the Certificate program

Steering committee

Prof. Pascal Bonnabry, (Director), Director of the Swiss Centre for Emergency and Disaster Pharmacy, Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Western Switzerland, University of Geneva; Chief Pharmacist,Geneva University Hospitals (HUG)

Prof. Stefan Mühlebach (Co-Director), Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Basel; Head of the Therapeutic Products Division, Federal Office for National Economic Supply

PD Dr Nicolas Widmer, Operational Director of the Swiss Centre for Emergency and Disaster Pharmacy, Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Western Switzerland, University of Geneva; Chief Pharmacist, Pharmacy of Eastern Vaud Hospitals, Rennaz

Dr Olivier Hagon, Deputy Head, Division of Tropical and Humanitarian Medicine, HUG; Medical Director at the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit

Mr Michael Flück, MPH, Swiss Armed Forces Deputy Chief Pharmacist, Armed Forces Pharmacy, Ittigen

Comité scientifique

Mme Marie-José Barbalat, Community pharmacist, Unisanté, Lausanne; President of Pharmacists without Borders Switzerland

Dr Arnaud Dupuis, Head of Clinic; Operational Director of the Specialized Centre for War and Disaster Surgery, HUG

Dr Jean-Marc Krähenbühl, Community pharmacist, Echallens; member of the pharmaSuisse committee

Dr Marc Niquille, Associate Medical Officer, Pre-hospital Emergencies and Resuscitation Unit, HUG; Physician in charge of the Organisation in case of Disaster (ORCA), Geneva

Dr Erik Paus, Pharmacist and Paramedic, Service Protection et Sauvetage Lausanne (SPSL)

Number of participants

Max. 16 participants

Collaboration

Swiss Confederation (Centre of Competence for Military and Disaster Medicine, Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit, Swiss Armed Forces Pharmacy, Federal Office for National Economic Supply), Geneva University Hospitals, Inselspital Bern, Swiss Center for Rescue, Emergency and Disaster Medicine, Pharmacists Without Borders Switzerland and Pharmacy of Eastern Vaud Hospitals

Sponsored by

Centre of Competence for Military and Disaster Medicine (Swiss Confederation)

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