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Acute care

During medical emergencies, acute care is needed to prevent victims from dying or sustain permanent injury. In the Euregion Meuse-Rhine, assistance from abroad can often be at the incident scene quicker than assistance from within the own country. It is because of this, that the focus group EUMED has been in existence for fifteen years. This focus group has mainly been focusing on cross-border collaboration during disasters and large-scale incidents until 2014. From 2014 onward, daily assistance has been added as a focal point. For daily assistance, the EMRIC office has written and concluded agreements. About 1000 cross-border deployments take place without a hitch each year, thanks to years of investment in collaboration. For assistance during large scale incidents, the so-called Eumed-plan has been established. Also the Boundless Trauma Care Central Europe (BTCCE) and EUMIC projects fall within the scope of collaboration in the field of acute medical care. 

The larger hospitals within the Euregion Meuse-Rhine have been collaborating for years. Due to EMRIC, this collaboration has been intensified and received an appropriate structure. The medical managers working in the field of ambulance- and trauma care continually improve the procedures for cross-border assistance. In addition, it is seen as important to familiarise yourself with systems and procedures of your colleagues abroad. 

Many doctors and employees have gotten to know and appreciate each other due to the exchange of information on procedures on both sides of the border, which makes cross-border collaboration during large-scale incidents easier. Eumed is focuses on mutual acute medical care assistance during medical emergencies within the Euregion. Cross-border assistance in the form of ambulance- and hospital care in the Euregion Meuse-Rhine is thereby self-evident. 

Since 2005, a specific task of the focus group Eumed has been establishing and continuously updating the so-called Eumed-plan, in which all emergency services within the region are involved. Within this plan, responsibilities and capacities of the respective emergency services and the spread of victims over hospitals within the Euregion Meuse-Rhine during large-scale incidents has been laid down. In addition, this plan allows dispatch centres and incident commanders to see the available hospital capacities and the available infrastructure each hospital can offer during large scale incidents.

Members of the focus group Eumed are medical managers of the ambulance services within the Euregion Meuse-Rhine, representatives of organisations responsible for ambulance care and heads of the emergency departments of the respective hospitals.