Ministry of Health First Responders benefit from Mass Casualty Planning Exercise

Emergency Management representatives from the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Medical Services and the Foreign Service Institute Leadership and Management School held a consultative meeting and training on mass casualty planning and trauma response for Guyanese first responders. Ministry of Health personnel from all ten regions in Guyana attended the strategic planning and advising session to discuss new tools and procedures to consider incorporating into their healthcare emergency management planning and programming.

Trainers held strategic level discussions of Foreign Service techniques Multi-Casualty Event Preparedness programming and shared their approach to M.A.R.C.H. basic trauma training, a medical treatment checklist to help first responders and others remember treatment priorities to reduce death from preventable causes. This treatment sequence is:

M-is for Massive bleeding.

A-is for Airway management.

R-is for Respirations.

C-is for Circulation.

H-is for Hypothermia prevention/treatment.

The training prepared first responders to incorporate the M.A.R.C.H. technique into their basic trauma response capability as well as programming to further reduce preventable death from multi-casualty events.