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Report of the seminar for nurses in Defense


Seminar for Nurses in Defense
Ostend, Belgium
March 30, 2011



Report of the Seminar for Nurses in Defense
Ostend, Belgium
March 30, 2011

This seminar was integrated in the week for nurses and midwives in the magnificent setting of the Kursaal of Ostend. Colonel P. NEIRINCKX, M.D., Director of the Queen Astrid Military Hospital (Brussels, Belgium) and Assistant Secretary General of the International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM), chaired the seminar.

The program was very well worked out:
1. Humanitarian aid to Haiti after the earthquake of January 2010.
2. Security deterioration in Northern Afghanistan challenges medical services.
3. Hemorrhage control: what does the scientific evidence in the context of military operations tells us to our daily practice in acute care.
4. The lessons learned in the Role 2 Uruzgan hospital.
5. Preparation of manifestations at risk: analysis of the City Parade Brussels, August 21, 2010.
6. Sexually transmitted diseases (STD): symptoms, prevention, screening and treatment.
7. The place of Civil nurses in Defense in daily life and during missions.
8. Early detection of patients whose vital functions are threatened.
9. The "Battle Stress Recovery Unit" (BSRU) in UNIFIL: A module of the Belgian Medical Treatment Facility Role 2.
10. Bites, injuries to be taken seriously.

This highly quality program was led by speakers from Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. The lectures have been presented in Dutch, French or English, with excellent simultaneous translations, in French and Dutch.
Participants came from Belgium, France, Germany, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and also a large delegation of the Netherlands.
Interviews with participants indicate that there is a need of scientific information. The International Review of the Armed Forces Medical Services offers an excellent solution to get informed.
The organization was excellent. Evaluation forms on all aspects of this study day were presented and will be exploited in order to improve the quality of future sessions.