Below is a summary of our success story in Libya in the years leading up to the recent troubles.
The Libyan Ministry for Health understood that injuries and deaths caused by work related accidents, driving related incidents and life threatening illness both within the urban and rural environments as well as gunshot wounds and bomb blasts were a major cause for concern. In addition to this the lack of emergency response nationally meant that any international organisations working in Libya had to ensure that any medical and emergency response requirements were provided and maintained locally with evacuation plans in place.
ER Systems directors worked with the Ministry and customised and co-created
- an emergency medical and rescue response
- command and control
- procurement strategies
The project was centrally led within the Ministry for Health and as well as the pre-Hospital services included
- Accident Emergency departments
- Major trauma units
- Operating theatres
Our centralised approach had many advantages, the main being standardised service, training and cost. It meant that the same level of care was afforded to people in remote and rural areas, as that for major conurbations.
Whilst working in country with the hospital doctors we began to develop the ambulance service around Tripoli and Bengasi. This aspect of the project was highly complex; it encompassed
- Clinical guidelines,
- Equipment procurement
- Service delivery
As part of our Pre-hospital care training package we delivered
- Basic Ambulance aid,
- Intermediate Ambulance aid,
- Advanced Life Support,
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support,
- Ambulance Technician,
- Ambulance Paramedic.
Following the basic training of candidate’s, intermediate training was commenced along with advertisement campaigns in the media. We were also the first organisation to have approved and to deliver a BTEC Level 3 initial teacher training programme to increase capacity for further training by local staff.
Our courses were run in Libya at designated centres, Sbea Neuro Hospital was one example and we also used venues in Malta
Specialist rescue techniques training took place in country and we used highways and helicopters to simulate large scale traffic collisions and we taught
- Rapid Vehicle Extrication
- Light Vehicle Extrication
- Heavy Vehicle Extrication
- Hazardous Material Response Training
- Patient handling training courses
We ensured that all training was delivered in a manner that achieved the goals of the Libyan Ministry of Health.
We are currently rekindling the good work we did in Libya from 2005 until the unrest and are in a strategic planning partnership with key stakeholders in Libya.
This project was a great success and a fine example of what can be achieved when working with policy and decision makers at the highest level of Government departments. But it would not have been possible without the commitment of our dedicated multinational staff and with the desire of local staff to work together in the name of improved medical care for everyone.