On 16 and 17 June, our CEBaP Director Emmy De Buck and PhD student Irvin Kendall participated at the European Resuscitation Congress in Antwerp, hosted by the European Resuscitation Council (ERC). At this hybrid congress with a focus on the implementation of guidelines into practice, they attended face-to-face sessions on different topics, such as “Equity and Diversity in Resuscitation”, “The need for instructor training”, and “Technologies to help bystanders during emergency calls”.
On day 2 of the congress, the Global First Aid Reference Centre (GFARC) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) hosted a live webinar titled “Remote and hazardous: first aid adaptation in challenging contexts”. With their 2020 evidence-based International First Aid, Resuscitation, and Education guidelines, GFARC foster harmonisation of first aid practices across the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies, with the support of the ERC. During this webinar, Emmy and Irvin discussed the importance of context-specific guidelines and the use of adapted teaching materials to provide first aid education in the sub-Saharan African context. In more detail, they discussed how the local context can be taken into account throughout the development process. In that regard, various (f)actors can contribute to the adaptation of guidelines and teaching materials to the local context, such as the inclusion of the expertise of a local expert panel, context-specific illustrations and teaching modalities, and pilot testing in the target context. Moreover, they emphasized the need for context-specific research there where evidence is missing.
After two intense days of listening to presentations, networking, and presenting, the Belgian Red Cross-Flanders staff party (the first one in person in 3 years!)- quite conveniently also held in Antwerp – made the perfect occasion to blow off some steam and dive into the weekend.