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Sweden 'less prepared' than Norway: report

Sweden 'less prepared' than Norway: report

Published: 14 Aug 2012 16:59 GMT+02:00
Updated: 14 Aug 2012 16:59 GMT+02:00

Sweden would not be able to mobilize as many ambulance helicopters or specialized medical staff as Norway did during the 2011 attacks, according to a new report by the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen).

In Norway there is a long tradition of doctors treating victims on the scene of the accident or in the ambulance on the way to hospital, while it is much more unusual in Sweden, according to news agency TT.

However, according to the agency’s evaluation, these types of treatment methods are crucial in order to increase survival rates in victims suffering from gun wounds or injuries caused by explosions.

The authors of the report also urge Sweden’s municipalities to look into what local hotels and residential study centres could be used as support centres in case of a serious incident, as was done for the relatives of the Utøya victims in Norway.

The local authorities ought to make arrangements with these establishments and carry out crisis training, according to the report.

“The Norwegian society was able to meet the needs of those affected from the early stage of the incident,” said Per-Olof Michel, researcher at Uppsala University and director of the National Centre for Disaster Psychiatry (Kunskapscentrum för katastrofpsykiatri).

Michel is one of the authors of the Swedish study, which shows that national disasters can strike against small municipalities, like Hole municipality in Norway, where the island of Utøya is located.

“That takes resources and there must be a better cooperation between different authorities,” said Michel to TT.

When it comes to support for victims there is definitely improvements to be made in Sweden, according to Michel. Some county councils are currently unable to offer research based treatment for those that have been through serious traumas.

”Just to sit and chat to someone after being traumatized is not good, then you may not be helped at all,” Michel told TT.

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17:42 August 14, 2012 by whoye
way to much concern for a human life and well-being. let the nature, diseases, aging, and even terrorists kill people. it's already 7 billion.
08:38 August 15, 2012 by skogsbo
of course it isn't. Look at the size of Sweden, consider helicopter duration and then on-scene fuel requirement, total up the number of bases required, you could easily be looking at 10 or 12, probably more depending on what you flew.

Norway is more geared up because of it's internationally agreed (chicago and other maritime conventions) search area extends way out into the north sea. It has obligation to rescue all folk within it. It also has a large helicopter based capablilties because of the oil and gas rigs etc.. It's like comparing chalk and cheese.

What is need is agreement with neighbours, which already exists. When I was doing SAR in the UK I could look on a live link computer and see what helicopters were standby in Norway and other neighbouring countries. A central Sweden rescue job - norway could assist, southern Sweden the Danes. The reverse should also apply. It's easy once people communicate and share their toys. :)
09:02 August 15, 2012 by azimuth
#1

Be an example then. Kill yourself.
10:09 August 15, 2012 by muscle
#1 YEAH... we will support your cause. Please, let me know when do you plan kill yourself. As a gesture of goodwill, we will support you emotionally! Go for it pal,
11:23 August 15, 2012 by Great Scott
@whoye

I look forward to you committing suicide then, can we have a date please.
12:27 August 15, 2012 by EmployedProfessional
So,if one has a heart attack on the street,one can mearly expect to be swept up,thrown into a bin with the trash and stuck in a cue at the hospital?

Really?

That's clearly not in keeping with the modern Nordic model projected to the world,now is it?

Are there really no properly trained Emergency Medical Technicians in the system?

Anyone know?
15:08 August 15, 2012 by johnny1939
Properly trained people in Sweden is a problem these days. Availability is a problem too since everybody seems to be on vacation or on maternity leave.
13:56 August 16, 2012 by EmployedProfessional
Thank s#7

I'm all too aware that Sweden is closed for business(more so) during the summer.

Makes you wonder what 7/8 years of university here is turning out besides people in their 30's who are practically retired before they find a job.
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