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Should there be an international standard for vehicle extrication?

 
F&R asked three different professionals active in the rescue industry what their thoughts were on standardising extrication procedures internationally.
Jaap de Geus, registered nurse, ambulance paramedic and registered senior SAVER instructor for Falck, Netherlands
Yes, working with an international standard has a lot of benefits. First of all we speak the same (extrication) language. By utilising a systematic approach we can avoid the pitfalls such as invalid stabilisation techniques, knowing where the risks are during the incident, and how to create space for the patient's treatment.
In my opinion, it is evident that firefighters and ambulance paramedics should be trained according to the same system. Our common goals are to deliver the patient into the hands of the emergency physicians as soon as possible.
 
By training together you create understanding for each other’s work and as well awareness of possibilities and challenges. Communication about time frames during extrication is very important, because it delivers the flexibility to adjust the plan and this is important for all disciplines in rescue.
 
An international standard will simplify communication between car manufacturers, who will have a frameworkby which they can communicate with firefighters and rescue teams about new developments in car construction, which in turn can be reciprocated with professional feedback used for further development of new car technologies with greater occupant safety, and which are safer to cut.

In my years as an international SAVER (Systematic Approach to Vital Emergency Response) instructor,  I have been teaching the SAVER method in different countries. Every country has its own way of carrying out and instructing extrication techniques. It is a pleasure to see other ways of working, and in most cases a rescuer will take new insights home.

By teaching the SAVER method in those countries we have been able to provide people with a structural approach to extrication and rescue, while they still operate with some of their own techniques.
In conclusion, yes, there should be an international systematic approach, such as for instance the seven steps of the SAVER method. A unified systematic and global approach will still enable rescue professionals to use the techniques that they have become accomplished at, with the same competencies, rules and regulations. It is imperative that fire and rescue professionals everywhere train multidisciplinary to create a better understanding.
 
For more information on SAVER Training you can contact Monique Vlek at m.vlek@falck.nl

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