AO Davos Courses 2017

24. August 2017

Introducing a new course in Davos for Emergency Medical Teams in Disasters and Conflicts.

This December in Davos the AO Foundation will launch an educational event for Emergency Medical Teams (EMTs) in disasters and conflicts as part of the Disaster Limb Injuries Project, supported by the AO Strategy Fund. The objective of the course is to improve outcomes of patients suffering severe limb injury in disasters and complex emergencies by: 

  • differentiating between the different disaster and conflict situation environments,
  • familiarizing the participants with the distinguishing injury patterns and pathology in conflicts and disasters, 
  • promoting adaption of clinical techniques to these situations that vastly differ from normal daily practice,
  • identifying the logistics, cultural and ethical dilemmas faced by surgical teams responding in such contexts.

Are you interested in joining an EMT? Now is your chance to improve your knowledge and skills in the management of limb injuries in conflicts and disasters by attending this unique course. The event is ideal for surgeons and other medical specialists with 3–10 years of experience in trauma surgery. The international faculty with a wealth of experience from many missions in disasters and conflicts, each bring special and personal expertise to the project and are available for advice and support.

Highly interactive sessions will kick off the event, providing insights into surgical practice in austere environments, ballistics and blast injuries; how wounds and fractures differ in these situations, resus and damage control, anesthesia and emergency management, and logistics. The anatomical specimen lab on day two will cover debridement and wound management, fasciotomy, shunts, skin grafts and flaps as well as traction, amputation. The last part of the course will focus on infectious disease, ethical dilemmas, and team dynamics, all of which present specific challenges in austere environments.

Further guidance can be found in the handbook 'Management of Limb Injuries during Disasters and Conflicts' which was launched by the ICRC, WHO, and AO Foundation in 2016. The handbook (available for download​) is a hands-on field guide based on the consensus of 30 authors from the ICRC, WHO, MSFand others.


Ian Norton, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland
Andreas Wladis, ICRC, Switzerland
Elhanan Bar-On, Israel Center for Humanitarian, Emergency and Disaster Medicine, Israel


Inga Osmers, Germany
Alan Kay, United Kingdom
Waseem Saeed, United Kingdom
Michael Schütz, Germany


Friday, December 8, 14:30–18:30 to Saturday, December 9, 07:45–17:00 

Friday, at the Congress Center Davos, focuses on lectures and discussions covering surgical practice in austere environments, ballistics and blasts, how wounds and fractures differ, resus and damage control, anesthesia and emergency management and logistics.  

Saturday will take place at the Davos Hospital and cover traction, fasciotomy, shuts, skin grafts and flaps, debridement and wounds, amputations, infectious disease, ethical dilemmas and team dynamics.

DownloadAOF_Program-LimbSurgery-EMT_Davos_2017-A5_LOW.pdfcourse program

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