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The ambulance that assists the patient at the incident scene chooses the best suited hospital based on the condition of the patient, the urgency of the condition and the patient's wish. A few examples are given below:

  • Hospitals within the Euregion Meuse-Rhine collaborate to guarantee high quality care for trauma victims; they do this within the Germany trauma network DGU;
  • Dutch burn victims are usually transported to the Uniklinikum in Aachen, because it is much closer than the Dutch burn unit in Beverwijk;
  • A child from the region Tongeren or Genk in need of intensive care treatment, is transported to the university hospital in Maastricht with a specialy equiped ambulance.


EMRIC ensures that the heads of the emergency departments in the (academic) hospitals within the Euregion Meuse-Rhine exchange information about the procedures on both sides of the border, best-practices and remarkable incidents. In addition, agreements are made within the EMRIC collaboration about the distribution of casualties during large-scale incidents. The distribution of patients betwen hopsitals within the region is based on the capacities of the hospitals and the care required by the patient. 

Due to this collaboration, patients are treated in the most suitable hospital, hospitals can learn from each other and hospital capacities are efficiently utilized in the Euregion Meuse-Rhine when many beds are needed.