Pre-course: Disaster medicine

Saturday 1 October: 8:30 - 17:30

Mass Gun Shooting and Blast: how to deal with these new challenges

Course Directors

  • Massimo Azzaretto (Italy)
  • Francesco Della Corte (Italy)
  • Abdo Khoury (France)


  • Luca Ragazzoni (Italy)
  • Benoit Vivien (France)
  • Eric Revue (France)
  • Mathieu Langlois (France)
  • Eric Weinstein (France)

Course description and learning objectives

New threats and challenges are facing our health systems. EMS and In hospital community has to adapt and be prepared to such kind of violent actions and deal with their impacts. Planning for an adequate surge is crucial as well as accessing patients quickly and providing damage control (e.g., tourniquets) and rapid evacuation to an appropriate trauma center to address internal injuries. Paris, Istanbul, Brussels among many others, are crucial examples of what we are facing now and what our future unfortunately can be.
The aim of this course is to address all these issues and enable colleagues whom are not familiar with this type of clinical practice, to feel more confident in managing mass shooting multiple casualties. Experienced speakers from the military combined with Civil EMS will help us understand where to focus to improve their response capability in prehospital and hospital settings.


08:30 Welcome & Introduction Massimo Azzaretto, Francesco Della Corte, Abdo Khoury
08:45 State of the Art  
  - Mechanism of blast injuries

Francesco Della Corte

  - Mechanism of gun shooting

Abdo Khoury / Massimo Azzaretto

  - Prehospital management: the scoop and run? Eric Revue
10:15 Coffee Break and Networking   
10:45 State of the Art (Part 2)  
  - What about Wounded Children? Eric Revue
  - Prehospital management: Triage & Damage Control Resuscitation

Benoit Vivien

  - In hospital management: Triage & Damage control Surgery

Eric Weinstein / Massimo Azzaretto

13:00 Lunch break
14:00 The New Threats  
  - Out of Hospital: How to prepare for such an MCI?  
Benoit Vivien
  - SWAT Medical Team: Their Role Mathieu Langlois
  - Terrorist attacks: Training by simulation Luca Ragazzoni
15:30 Coffee break and Networking  
16:00 Hands on  
  IO device, Tourniquet, simulation etc…   Panel Discussion
17:30 Debriefing, Discussion and Wrap-up