ICAR Digital Congress 2021
Due to the CoVid Pandemic, the ICAR General Assembly (GA) and Assembly of Delegates (AoD) took place virtually again this year. Nevertheless we were able to engage in excellent presentations and discussions and even the AoD could be held including the scheduled election of the ICAR Board. You will find more details on that on the ICAR main page.
With the technical support of Topograph Media, the event took place using the Zoom(R) webinar platform, and we are pleased to report that the recordings are now available on the ICAR VIMEO web site. The links are shown here:
· Day 1 - https://vimeo.com/643591478
· Day 2 - https://vimeo.com/643914180
· Day 3 - https://vimeo.com/643037473
The Virtual Congress videos from last year (2020) are also still available on the ICAR website. They can be found here (along with videos from prior ICAR Congress events)
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation in special circumstances
Soar J, Becker LB, Berg KM, Einav S, Ma Q, Olasveengen TM, Paal P, Parr MJA. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation in special circumstances. Lancet. 2021 Aug 26:S0140-6736(21)01257-5. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(21)01257-5. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34454688.
Recently, the Lancet published an article about CPR in special circumstances drawing once more the attention to delayed and intermittend CPR, the hypothermia algorithm and the HOPE Score.
You can access the article via this link
* NEW ICAR MEDCOM RECOMMENDATION*
A new ICAR MedCom Recommendation has been published by Steven ROY et al:
Recommendations are provided for protection of the rescuer (including screening, personal protective equipment [PPE], and vaccination), protection of the patient (including general masking if low risk, specific PPE if high risk), equipment hygiene (including disinfection after every mission), use of single-use products, training and medical measures under COVID-19 precautions, and psychological wellbeing of rescuers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Adapted COVID-19 precautions for low-and-medium-income countries are also discussed.
Letter to the Editor
Response to Drew, R . (2020). Suspension Trauma: The silent killer.
Canadian Journal of Emergency Nursing. https://doi.org/10.29173/cjen18(IHR)
We read ‘Suspension Trauma. The silent killer by Richard Drew’ on suspension trauma with concern.
Here you can read the Letter to the Editor by ICAR MedCom Members:
* NEW ICAR MEDCOM RECOMMENDATION*
A new ICAR MedCom Recommendation has been published by Dr. Martin Musi et al:
Recommendation of the International Commission for Mountain Emergency Medicine (ICAR MedCom)
Clinical staging of accidental hypothermia is used to guide out-of-hospital treatment and transport decisions.
This revised system simplifies assessment.
International Hypothermia Registry (IHR)
The International Hypothermia Registry (IHR) is the first and only world-wide database on human accidental hypothermia with more than 250 entries from all continents.
This internet-based registry was created at the University Hospital of Geneva (HUG), Switzerland which hosts the data on its secure server. It is registered in Switzerland and has Ethical Approval from the University of Geneva.
The IHR’s main goal is to increase awareness and knowledge of accidental hypothermia by gathering sufficient relevant data through international networking, creating the largest database on deep accidental hypothermia. The Registry will enable the assessment of pre-hospital treatments, rewarming methods and survival factors as well as post-rewarming complications. This will allow the establishment of evidence-based knowledge and treatment guidelines, thus improving patients’ outcome.
The International Hypothermia Registry has a brand new website. The Database has been upgraded and revised for better research.
Have a look at the website :
Entries of Hypothermic Patients are encouraged and welcome. Registration is free of charge.
A new ICAR MedCom Recommendation has been published by Dr. Simon Rauch et al. These recommendations are based on an unanimous consensus opinion of ICAR Medcom. Unusually we are publishing these before a definitive peer reviewed article will be published. We feel this deviation from our normal practice is important for the safety of patients'.
New book publication on Mountain Emergency Medicine
MOUNTAIN EMERGENCY MEDICINE by Brugger H., Zafren K., Festi L., Paal P., Strapazzon G.
Mountaineers as comrade rescuers - deliciencies in First Aid knowledge, minimum physical fitness and technical requirements, and environmental exposures
Please find attached a publication by the UIAA (Küpper T and Morrison A) published in the German Journal of Sports Medicine
Küpper T. Morrison A.
Mountaineers as comrade rescuers - deliciencies in First Aid knowledge, minimum physical fitness and technical requirements, and environmental exposures.
Dtsch Z Sportmed. 2020: 71:280-285. d0i,10.5960/d2sm.2020.468
Here is the URL to the PDF: