CAS Medicines and Medical Devices in Emergency and Disaster 2022

CAS in Medicines and Medical Devices in Emergency and Disaster

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

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Information

Period

February 2022 - June 2023
15 ECTS credits
120 Teaching hours

Language

English

Format

On-site – switch over to online-learning if required

Contact

Florence VON OW-LESNIEWSKI (Secrétariat)
+41 (0) 22 37 96570
Florence.VonOw(at)unige.ch

Registration

Registration deadline

2 January 2022
Modules can be followed individually
Module 4 can't be followed individually

Fees:

CHF 4,000.- for the complete programme

CHF 850.- per module

Contribution to the SDGs

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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 and University of Bern
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)

1 February 2022
2 February 2022
3 February 2022

Location

University Medical Centre (CMU), Geneva

Description

  • Establish and use a link between risks, threats and benefits appropriate to the crisis situations
  • 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

Location

Online

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

Planning

April 2022

Date(s)

2 May 2022
3 May 2022
4 May 2022

Location

Centre Hospitaliser Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV), Lausanne

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)

9 June 2022
10 June 2022

Location

Federal Training Centre Schwarzenburg (Bern region)

Description

AHLS-Provider course, certificate is internationally approved

  • Identify Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) risks

  • Know the principles of self-protection and protection of the patient and the basics of decontamination of people and material

  • Systematically approach people exposed to hazardous materials

  • Recognise the specific toxidromes (poisoning syndromes) and learn the particularities associated with them

  • Apply the systematic so-called poisoning treatment paradigm, including the knowledge of the use of specific antidotes

Date(s)

7 September 2022
8 September 2022
9 September 2022

Location

University of 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)

16 November 2022
17 November 2022
18 November 2022

Location

University of Bern

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

Diploma awarded

The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Medicines and Medical Devices in Emergency and Disaster / Certificat de formation continue en médicaments et dispositifs médicaux en situation d'urgence et de catastrophe is issued by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Geneva in partnership with the Universities of Basel and Bern to participants who have met the conditions for testing the knowledge of the modules and the final thesis work.
This CAS provides 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 individuals.

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 
  • 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, Geneva University Hospitals; Medical Director at the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit; lecturer at the University of Geneva
  • Mr Michael Flück, MPH, Swiss Armed Forces Deputy Chief Pharmacist, Armed Forces Pharmacy, Ittigen

Scientific committee

  • 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, Geneva University Hospitals
  • Dr Jean-Marc Krähenbühl, Community pharmacist, Echallens; member of the pharmaSuisse committee
  • Dr Marc Niquille, Associate Medical Officer, Pre-hospital Emergencies and Resuscitation Unit, Geneva University Hospitals; Physician in charge of the Organisation in case of Disaster, Geneva
  • Dr Erik Paus, Pharmacist and Paramedic, Service Protection et Sauvetage Lausanne; lecturer at the University of Geneva
  • Dr Kathrin Summermatter, Head, Biological Risk Management Network, University Emergency Centre, University Hospital Bern; Institute for infectious diseases, University of Bern
  • PD Dr Mathias Zuercher, Associate Professor for Rescue and Disaster Medicine, University Hospital Basel; Head of the Swiss Center for Rescue, Emergency and Disaster Medicine, Basel

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 the Eastern Vaud Hospitals

Sponsored by

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

Contribution to the SDGs

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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