Global Emergency Care Skills (GECS) is a voluntary, non-profit charity organisation comprised of Irish emergency medicine doctors that provides high quality emergency care training to healthcare professionals in countries with developing emergency medicine healthcare systems.
GECS was founded in 2008 by IAEM member and Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Tallaght Hospital, Dr Jean O’Sullivan. To date, GECS has provided training courses for over 200 doctors and nurses in 6 African countries.
Sepsis and trauma are the leading causes of death in populations with developing healthcare systems. GECS training is provided by teaching simulation-based courses in trauma care, resuscitation skills and major incident management.
In November 2012, a department store collapsed in Ghana’s capital city, killing 18 people and injuring dozens more. This disaster highlighted the need for improved training for emergency care workers. Many of the doctors caring for the victims in Accra had been trained by GECS just days previously at a trauma workshop delivered at the African Conference of Emergency Medicine.
GECS is funded through voluntary contributions and fundraising events. For more information on upcoming events, see www.gecs.ie. If you are a medical practitioner and wish to inquire about joining our teaching faculty contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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