The task force group burn disasters in Europe was formed in 2009 at the EBA Conference in Lausanne to clarify the current European structures for cross border transfer of burn patients in disaster situations.
The following fields of activity for the EBA were identified:
- Identify nation-specific disaster plans
- Establish a map of risk regions
- Explore EU grants to fund that research
- Develop an internet-teaching platform
- Identify normal and disaster capacity of burn centers
- Disaster terminology
- Harmonize victim ID Sheets
- Optimize triage sheets for burn victims
- Legal basis for x-border medical transport
- Minimal standards of burn care
- Encourage insurance x-border coverage
- Explore transportation capacities
The initial work of the group showed that in Europe a functioning system of disaster management without a specific focus on burns has been established already. Also cross border financial coverage is working according to European legalization. National maps of risk regions are established and shared between authorities. The further task of the EBA will be to look into the specific aspects of these standards in relation to the needs of burn therapy.
Survey of infrastructure and outcome in Europe
Following the example of an investigation on structures and training in burn units of German speaking European countries (published in Burns 57 (2011) 257-64) the EBA will expand this data collection on all European Member countries of the EBA. An internet based platform and automated questionnaire will be provided in order to facilitate the data input for the members.
EHIC – The European Health Insurance Card
The EHIC makes it easier for people from the European Union’s 27 Member States plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland to access healthcare services during temporary visits abroad. This also includes emergency treatment such as for burn injuries.
What are the practical benefits of the card?
For every EU citizen planning to travel it is advised to obtain a card.
The card ensures that you will get the same access to public sector health care (e.g. a doctor, a pharmacy, a hospital or a health care centre) as nationals of the country you are visiting. If you have to receive medical attention in a country that charges for health care, you will be reimbursed either immediately, or after you go home to your own country. The idea is that you are given the care you need to allow you to continue with your stay.
However, it is important to note that the card does not cover your health care costs while abroad if you are travelling in order to obtain treatment for an illness or injury that you had before travelling. Nor does the card cover you for private sector health care providers.”