Faculty of Medicine

Pilot evaluation of TEAMS 3 project was carried out in Istanbul MAFOM

21.10.2022

The pilot assessment of the TEAMS 3 project (Training for Emergency Medical Teams and European Medical Corps) which is supported by the European Commission ECHO Program with the cooperation of Emergency and Disaster Medicine Research Center CRIMEDIM and WHO was held in Istanbul hosted by Istanbul Medeniyet University and the Turkish Kızılay on 2-7 August 2022 in MAFOM facility of Turkish Kızılay.

The aim of this project, of which Medeniyet University is also a partner, is to develop, implement and evaluate a feasible, standardized, validated and cost-effective education package in low income countries which can be active in different EMC groups by creating EMC from ready-to-use teams. The pilot evaluation of the updated new simulation package by adding infectious diseases and war-conflict simulations in the TEAMS 3 project, which was built on the TEAMS project, which was started in 2017 and completed in 2019, and the TEAMS 2 project, which was started in 2019 and completed in 2021, it was carried out successfully by Assoc Dr. Kurtuluş Açıksarı’s under the coordination. In the event, where 51 participants consisting of health and disaster specialists took part, the training and feedback process was carried out by Prof. Dr. Behcet Al, Assis. Prof. Görkem Alper Solakoğlu and Dr. Mehmet Kocak from Department of Emegency. As an assistant instructor, Dr. Seda Oguz and Dr. Nur Aleyna Adak from the Emergency Medicine Clinic took charge.

A simulated environment similar to a real disaster was created for the participants and observers, who were hosted at the MAFOM facility of the Turkish Kızılay for 4 days, and the team performances of the team members who had not worked with each other before were evaluated. Among the 51 participants were paramedics, nurses, doctors, health technicians, health officers, disaster specialists, logistics specialists and Russian Red Cross disaster specialists. In addition, the Turkish Kızılay Emergency Response Unit (ERU: Emergency Response Unit) project team took an active role in the facility to support all the needs of the guests, enabling this challenging organization to be realized successfully.