Saudi Arabia has witnessed several large-scale disasters. Floods have been by far the most important natural disasters in Saudi Arabia, but the mass gatherings for Ramadan and Hajj are important vulnerable events creating strains on public emergency and transportation services, infectious disease control, and food security. Moreover, political unrest in the Middle East heightens the possibility of catastrophe due to violent conflict and/or terrorist attacks. Previous case-studies of disaster responses in Saudi Arabia have noted a reactive approach and a greater need for the involvement of health professionals, including nurses, paramedics and medical doctors, in disaster management.
To provide health care providers (physicians, nurses, paramedics, EMS) with basic knowledge, in pre-hospital major incidents response and management at operation and tactical levels of action.
Upon conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:
Understand the general principles for disaster health management including response
•Understand and apply the medical major incident response and management (Pre-hospital)
•Understand the health and medical consequence result from specific type of disaster and major incidents including disaster related injuries (mass gathering, active shooter, blast bomb
•Differentiate between daily emergency and major incident triage
•Understand and apply for common types of triage e.g. START, SEIVE Triage used in the scene
•Apply the psychological care during major incident
Health workers (physicians, nurses, paramedics, EMS) with no previous experiences/training n disaster and major incidents, staffs from different disciplines that play primary role in disaster preparedness and management.