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Platform for European Medical Support during major emergencies

Objective

In Europe, one of the core emergency response services to deadly threats such as pandemic disease and major terrorism attacks is the European Health Services (EHS). The EHS comprise key stakeholders that include hospitals, community health services, pre-hospital emergency care services, medical suppliers, rescue services, health related voluntary services and others. It is crucial to the EHS that it remains in an excellent state of preparedness supported by first-class planning and decision support tools. Moreover, in the response phase, EHS need consistent, coordinated and standardised advanced support methods and tools providing support in critical tasks like e.g. early threat detection, common operational picture, creation of surge capacity etc. Finally, at a pan European level, EHS also need an interoperable framework with the ability to provide a coordinated European response to any major medical incident.

PULSE aims to meet these challenges.

The project will begin by a) comprehensively studying the procedures, processes and training requirements in current operation at the EHS using the support of end users available to the project. It will then b):

• Develop standard and consistent response procedures and processes;
• Provide tools to support decision making in both preparedness and response phases;
• Provide a Framework that ensures decision makers have access to timely key data, planning and decision support tools and to international best practice and lessons learnt;
• Present innovative training techniques to improve personnel response training;
• Develop an ‘emergency app’ for smart phones that will allow users fast and flexible access to emergency resource availability information;

The primary benefit will:
• Reduce administration, bureaucracy and ensure better use of resources;
The project will:
• Build on research results from previous EU projects which have developed usable analysis of societal and political criteria and their relevance to security measures
-Capture and assess lessons learnt.

The PULSE framework solution can be validated by two pilot scenarios based on multiple exercises and demonstrations: a) a biological attack in Italy and b) a major stadium 'crush' at a Dublin concert. Both will involve cross corder support from neighbouring countries
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Coordinator

SKYTEK LIMITED

Address

32 Lower Leeson Street
2 Dublin

Ireland

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 865 525

Administrative Contact

Sarah Bourke (Dr.)

Participants (8)

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TRILATERAL RESEARCH & CONSULTING LLP

United Kingdom

CESS GMBH CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN SECURITY STRATEGIES

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 301 280

ONEST SOLUTIONS SRL

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 108 760

TRILATERAL RESEARCH LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 103 200

UNIVERSITA CATTOLICA DEL SACRO CUORE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 744 600

SELEX ES SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 338 366,19

HEALTH SERVICE EXECUTIVE HSE

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 75 375

LEONARDO - SOCIETA PER AZIONI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 252 833,81

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 607799

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2014

  • End date

    31 October 2016

Funded under:

FP7-SECURITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 913 315

  • EU contribution

    € 2 789 940

Coordinated by:

SKYTEK LIMITED

Ireland