The 10th commemoration of the Wenchuan Earthquake is just around the corner. While it is painstaking to commemorate such a devastation, it also serves to remind the community of such agonizing disaster risks.
On 9-13 April 2018, Hong Kong Jockey Club Disaster Preparedness and Response Institute (HKJCDPRI), University of Manchester Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre on Emergency Medical Teams (EMT) and Emergency Capacity Building and the Sichuan University West China Hospital (WCH) collaborated to organize a pre-deployment training for WCH, with the aims of reaching the WHO EMT minimum standards. In this training, the WCH EMT simulated a deployment mission, where they had to build their field hospitals in a field environment. All team members, including medical staff, leaders and logisticians have to simulate a real deployment, dealing with and treating a mass surge of casualty. The field hospital has sufficient equipment to provide services for outpatient, surgeries, inpatient, laboratory testing and rehabilitation, etc. and can be self-sufficient in a disaster for several weeks.
Since 2016, HKJCDPRI, the University of Manchester Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre on Emergency Medical Teams, and the National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People's Republic of China (NHFPC) Health Emergency Response Office have been collaborating to develop the capacity of the Chinese National EMTs, including national and international deployment.
Both classroom-based teaching and field teaching was incorporated into the training
The triage nurse examines the patient's symptoms for quick triage at the entrance of the field hospital
Onion water tank for storage of water for field hospital
ICU ward in the field hospital. West China Hospital EMT is one of the few teams with ICU capacity in their field hospital
Surgeons conducting surgery on a patient in the operating theatre in the field hospital
From left: Ms Helen Jordan (Training Manager of UK-Med), Ms Ghislaine Bowden (Midwife of UK EMT), Prof Tony Redmond (Deputy Director of HCRI), Ms Tiffany Yeung (Manager (Professional Development) of HKJCDPRI) and Ms Eva Lam (Director of HKJCDPRI)
A group photo with trainers from the HKJCDPRI, trainers from HCRI and West China Hospital Emergency Medical Team members