A new training manual to guide doctors in responding to terror attacks is due to be published this autumn.
The manual is being developed by French authorities in response to the recent spate of terrorist attacks including those in Paris and Nice, and the need for healthcare staff to have information and protocols available on triage and care of victims of attacks.
Latest figures from Europol show that 142 people died and 379 people were injured in terrorist attacks in 2016. A total of 142 attacks were reported in that year, down from 211 the previous year. In 2015, 151 people died and 360 were injured in terrorist attacks in the EU.
The new manual, which is due to be completed by September, will focus on technical aspects of medical treatments, such as first aid in an unsecured environment, hospital organisation and equipment, damage control, and long-term care and rehabilitation.
The manual was presented to the Plenary Meeting of the European Commission’s Health Security Committee in Senningen/Luxembourg last month for consideration.