Disaster committee

The task force group burn disasters in Europe was formed in 2009 at the EBA Conference in Lausanne to clarify the current European structures for cross border transfer of burn patients in disaster situations.

The following fields of activity for the EBA were identified:

  1. Identify nation-specific disaster plans
  2. Establish a map of risk regions
  3. Explore  EU grants to fund that research
  4. Develop an internet-teaching platform
  5. Identify normal and disaster capacity of burn centers
  6. Disaster terminology
  7. Harmonize victim ID Sheets
  8. Optimize triage sheets for burn victims
  9. Legal basis for x-border medical transport
  10. Minimal standards of burn care
  11. Encourage insurance x-border coverage
  12. Explore transportation capacities

The initial work of the group showed that in Europe a functioning system of disaster management without a specific focus on burns has been established already. Also cross border financial coverage is working according to European legalization. National maps of risk regions are established and shared between authorities. The further task of the EBA will be to look into the specific aspects of these standards in relation to the needs of burn therapy.