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The cooperation for safety in sparsely populated areas 2.4 (CoSafe)
Start date: May 31, 2008, End date: May 30, 2011 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The CoSafe project aims to increase the preparedness for major accidents and extreme situations in rural areas and to develop emergency medical care (EMC) in extreme conditions in the NPP region. Improved preparedness rescue and prehospital capacity will as well increase basic safety for the tourists as well as the inhabitants in the NPP region. This com-prises also the development of: * collaborative training methods and exercises in the management of major accidents and disasters * new enhanced safety products and services, covering different perspectives and the full spectrum from the scene of the accident via pre-hospital care to hospital care * operational service solutions for cooperation and collaboration between the NPP countries in management of disasters in sparsely populated areas * a NPP-network and an internet based community for disaster management in sparsely populated areas, the CoSafe network. Other important goals to accomplish are improved cold protection of victims, improved tele-communications capacity and an increased level of safety for rescue personnel. This will be implemented trans-nationally through collaborative training and development of new ICT en-hanced equipment, products and services. Product and service development will focus on: * easy to use products and equipment for patient protection * overall safety of victims/patients and rescue personnel * improved remote communication during rescue processes Achievements: The project has developed 36 products and services which focus on improving different aspects of disaster preparedness and management in sparsely populated areas. Please find brief information on some of these products and services below, more information can be found at our homepage GUIDE GUIDE is a webbased application which can be used to help plan the preparedness for major accidents and disasters. It can also be used during an emergency to help locate equipment and other resources. The program is based on Google map which means it can be implemented anywhere in the world. SNAM The Swedish National Air Medevac (SNAM) exercise was conducted in September 2009 in Akureyri, Island. The exercise was organized in collaboration with the Swedish and Icelandic Cosafe teams. The aim of this exercise was to strengthen the international cooperation concerning the preparedness for emergencies and disasters. A report has been written and posted on the homepage. Casualty protection tests Tests have been performed on common covering for casulaties used in Scotland, Iceland, Finland and Sweden. Thermal insulation and effect of wind and moisture was meassured. The results shows the effect of adverse weather conditions on the different coverings used for casualties. The information from the tests can be implemented in every day work as well as for major accidents and disasters.Products and services:Title: Major Accidents and Disasters A collection of information about past disasters in rural areas in order to identify shortcomings of first responders and evaluate the incidents to gain information on potential improvements and possibly use the information for retrospective studies.More information see: NPIA Emergency Procedure Guidance Guidance that assists first responders in developing consistent and robust, yet flexible emergency planning arrangements that facilitate a professional, structured response to any emergency regardless of the cause. The product has been developed from a recognised approach to dealing with emergency scenarios, but was not designed to replicate any country's statutory framework, or any other Emergency Planning Guidance that is available.More information see: SAD CHALET Mnemonic A good-practice method for initial on-scene assessment of a disaster incident to provide consistent and relevant information to control rooms which enables a proportionate response to an incident.More information see: Disaster preparedness plan A disaster preparedness plan for Icelandic hospitals as a revision and harmonisation of existing plans to be distributed to responsible bodies, i.e. the department of civil protection, the coordination centre, local civil protection committee, directorate of health, local Chief of Police and all hospital units.More information see: GUIDE A web application based on Google Map® which can be implemented in any country and which facilitates planning, enables optimizing the location and number of resources, helps discover gaps in the contingency planning and provides easy and rapid access to resources during major accidents.More information see: Transnational Emergency Exercise Guidance An emergency exercise guidance comprising the steps exercise preparation (commissioning, planning, exercise instruction), exercise activity (exercise build up, main play, closing play), post exercise (cold debrief, post exercise report, follow up meeting).More information see:, Dynamic Injury Cards Dynamic injury cards are a deck of cards summoning changes, responses and expected or unexpected events that are followed during a disaster exercise, simulating a realistic accident and disaster scenario.More information see: Co Safe Checklist A checklist for evaluating disaster exercises in cold and sparsely populated areas by providing a structure for assessing actions, results and safety, including the aspect of casualty safety, which also enhances the safety of the rescue personnel.More information see: First Responder Education A new training method, material and a pilot course based on the ‘train the trainers‘ approach to improve the quality of patient care in extreme and cold conditions for rescue workers (firemen, volunteers, police, coast guards, ski resort personnel, maritime personnel) It includes eLearning tools with material and tests, hands on training module as well as theory and exercise modules.More information see:

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