TRAINING FOR HELICOPTER-BASED MEDICAL EMERGENCIES
In the context of the relationships forged at the FAMx Rio de Janeiro Forum in April 2014, the Academy of Medicine Foundation (FAM) organised a training course on helicopter-based emergency medicine from 28 September to 2 October 2015 in Brazil. It was supported by the French Society for Disaster Medicine, Dr Plotkowski, the local training coordinator, and the Airbus Helicopters Foundation. This intense four-day course was taken by 60 Brazilians (36 doctors, 13 nurses and 15 pilots).
The theoretical part of the training was provided by a European teaching body, with the support of Brazilian practitioners, who were able to modify their presentations to suit a Brazilian audience.
The practical part of the training took place with six medical helicopters and their crews helping the students carry out their rescue exercises and demonstrations.
This action is in line with the objective of the FAM: to promote the improvement of public health throughout the world while enhancing French medicine; it should be noted that French emergency medicine is particularly admired abroad.