NO-FEAR is an EU-funded project that brings together a pan-European community primarily comprising of Emergency Medical Care practitioners, suppliers, decision and policy makers collaborating to exchange knowledge, understanding best practices and lessons learnt. Members of the network, collectively, work as an entity to develop a common understanding on innovation potentiality, which includes standardisation in order to fulfil operational gaps and to pinpoint areas for future research. The undertaking involves a multi-disciplinary, multi-national and multi-sectorial collaboration and is supported by a virtual tool including the NO-FEAR platform and a series of network events, which includes workshops, demonstrations and exercises on a regular interval. The project is led by CRIMEDIM – Research Centre in Emergency and Disaster Medicine, University Del Piemonte Orientale (UPO), Italy.
TFC Research and Innovation Limited (@TFCRIL) works across each work package and is involved in research/engagement activities, bringing much fresh-thinking to the foreground. The company also leads the work being undertaken in the area of standardisation and better practices guides.
Emergency medical systems and critical care: what are the challenges?
Safety and security incidents, such as terroristic attacks, armed conflicts, and infectious diseases may have an international, if not a global impact. Therefore, the response and management of these scenarios involves the coordination of a number emergency services, medical practitioners as well as first responders. Response needs can be cross-border and simultaneous.
Differences in organisational set ups, tools, decision-making processes, infrastructure and approach can result in poor emergency medical care. For example, the fragmentation of actors responding to security related incidents, lack of communication between practitioners and suppliers and lack of suitable standards can lead to extended response times.
Improving emergency medical systems and critical care
How can we improve emergency medical care across organisations both between, and within countries?
The NO-FEAR project creates a long-lasting pan-European network of practitioners, decision and policy makers, suppliers and academia to support emergency medical care by:
- Fostering deeper understanding of unique challenges faced by each body, and pinpointing areas for future research
- Developing a platform featuring a dynamic catalogue of highly relevant products, services, prototypes, projects and innovations
- Hosting networking events every six months including workshops, demonstrations, and exercises
- Issuing policy and regulatory recommendations for standardisation
Enhancing Impact: creating an emergency medical care network and strengthening standardisation and better practices.
TFC Research and Innovation operates on enhancing the project findings through its involvement in standardisation, working across each work package and closely with the Royal Netherlands Standardization Institute (NEN) in particular to advance standardisation activities and better practices that are suited to the targeted community. TFC operates in NO-FEAR to strengthen community research outcomes across each work packages with fresh-thinking and the company helps to enhance the creation of a network that includes emergency medical services, practitioners, first responders, international and national health networks, policy makers, suppliers as well as volunteer services. TFC helps to amplify the NO-FEAR’s results, encouraging uptake of the NO-FEAR platform as well as cooperation between stakeholders, including industry and standardisation bodies, in order to help improve emergency medical services responses and create synergies with existing European, national and the sub-national networks of practitioners.