Medicines and Medical Devices in Emergency and Disaster (2022)

LocationGeneva, Lake Geneva region, Switzerland
CategoryHealth
Pharmacology
typeCAS

CAS in Medicines and Medical Devices in Emergency and Disaster

This CAS provides an interprofessional training in emergency and disaster pharmacy. In health crisis context, including humanitarian and daily emergencies in (pre-)hospital settings, the role of drugs and medical devices is obvious in treating victims and guaranteeing the survival of most individual

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Share experiences with colleagues working in different environments and understand their respective issues related to therapeutic products (ambulatory, hospital, industrial, administrative, humanitarian and military)

Pharmacist working in the field of emergency and disaster management, including humanitarian and military pharmacist, as well as hospital, community, industrial and administrative pharmacist, physician and nurse working in a hospital and/or pre-hospital emergency department and qualified paramedic wishing to improve their specific pharmaceutical and pharmacological knowledge

Be able to analyse, judge, document and provide grounded justification to complex pharmaceutical issues within new and unfamiliar contexts of health crisis

Respond to other arguments and develop, justify and negotiate alternative solutions regarding the supply of medicines and medical devices during a health crisis (including appropriate pharmaceutical production on site)

Become familiar with their areas of expertise and professional fields and be able to independently process, evaluate and integrate relevant knowledge on drugs and medical devices

The Swiss Association of Public Health Administration and Hospital Pharmacists (GSASA) recognizes for Hospital Pharmacy : 150 FPH points per 3-day Module (Module 1, 2, 3, 5, 6) and 100 FPH points per 2-day Module (Module 4); for Clinical Pharmacy : 150 FPH points per 3-day Module (Module 1, 2, 3, 5) and 100 FPH points per 2-day Module (Module 4); PharmaSuisse recognizes for community pharmacists : 800 FPH points for the complete CAS or 150 FPH points per 3-day Module (Module 1, 2, 3, 5, 6). SSMUS recognizes for physicians : 24 points per 3-day Module (Module 1, 2, 3, 5, 6) and 16 points per 2-day Module (Module 4); 136 points for the complete CAS. The Notfallpfege Schweiz, SIGA/FSIA and SSMI recognize for nurses : 450 points for the complete CAS or 60 points per 3-day Module (Module 1, 2, 3, 5, 6).

Our modern societies are particularly vulnerable to natural or man-made disasters due, in particular, to their high dependence on technology and their concentration in urban areas (requiring extensive infrastructure). In addition, globalisation and economic pressure renders availability of essential goods sometimes difficult.
In this context, as well as in daily emergencies in (pre-)hospital and hospital settings and in the humanitarian context, the role of drugs and medical devices is obvious in treating victims and guaranteeing the survival of most individuals. In this respect, specific pharmaceutical and pharmacological knowledge but also sense of priorities are essential for every health professional involved in emergency and disaster situations.
Thus, the overall objective of this CAS is to provide a recognized interprofessional postgraduate university training in emergency and disaster pharmacy. This will make it possible to transmit new or lacking skills to qualified pharmacists, but also to physicians and paramedics and other health professionals, and thus strengthen their qualification in this specific field.

The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Medicines and Medical Devices in Emergency and Disaster / Certificat de formation continue en médicaments et dispositifs médicaux en situation d'urgence et de catastrophe is issued by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Geneva in partnership with the Universities of Basel and Bern to participants who have met the conditions for testing the knowledge of the modules and the final thesis work.

This CAS provides interprofessional training in emergency and disaster pharmacy. In health crisis context, including humanitarian and daily emergencies in (pre-)hospital settings, the role of drugs and medical devices is obvious in treating victims and guaranteeing the survival of most individuals.

Holding a master’s degree, a university degree or a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy or medicine from a Swiss or foreign university, a master’s degree or a bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences (UAS) in nursing care or a diploma from an ambulance school or a title deemed equivalent and

Prof. Pascal Bonnabry (Director), Director of the Swiss Centre for Emergency and Disaster Pharmacy, Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Western Switzerland, University of Geneva; Chief Pharmacist, Geneva University Hospitals 

Prof. Stefan Mühlebach (Co-Director), Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Basel; Head of the Therapeutic Products Division, Federal Office for National Economic Supply

PD Dr Nicolas Widmer, Operational Director of the Swiss Centre for Emergency and Disaster Pharmacy, Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Western Switzerland, University of Geneva; Chief Pharmacist, Pharmacy of Eastern Vaud Hospitals, Rennaz

Dr Olivier Hagon, Deputy Head, Division of Tropical and Humanitarian Medicine, Geneva University Hospitals; Medical Director at the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit; lecturer at the University of Geneva

Dr Marc Niquille, Associate Medical Officer, Pre-hospital Emergencies and Resuscitation Unit, Geneva University Hospitals; Physician in charge of the Organisation in case of Disaster, Geneva

Dr Kathrin Summermatter, Head, Biological Risk Management Network, University Emergency Centre, University Hospital Bern; Institute for infectious diseases, University of Bern

PD Dr Mathias Zuercher, Associate Professor for Rescue and Disaster Medicine, University Hospital Basel; Head of the Swiss Center for Rescue, Emergency and Disaster Medicine, Basel

Swiss Confederation (Centre of Competence for Military and Disaster Medicine, Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit, Swiss Armed Forces Pharmacy, Federal Office for National Economic Supply), Geneva University Hospitals, Inselspital Bern, Swiss Center for Rescue, Emergency and Disaster Medicine, Pharmacists Without Borders Switzerland and Pharmacy of the Eastern Vaud Hospitals

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