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SIMEDIS (Simulation for assessment and optimization of medical disaster management) is a collaborative project between the Department of Mathematics of the Royal Military Academy, the Medical Component of Belgian Armed Forces and ReGEDiM.
The SIMEDIS model consists of 3 interacting components: the victim creation model, the victim monitoring model where the health state of each victim is monitored and adapted to the evolving clinical conditions of the victims, and the medical response model, where the victims interact with the environment and the resources at the disposal of the healthcare responders.
SIMEDIS has the potential to model complex disaster scenarios, to test different aspects of disaster medical response, and to be used as a tool in experimental research that might make a substantial contribution to provide the evidence base for the effectiveness and efficiency of disaster medical management.

Publications within the project

  • Simulating medical disasters with realistic victim profiles.
    Ullrich C. Van Utterbeeck F, Dhondt E, Debacker M. In: Proceedings of 2011 European Simulation and Modelling Conference, Oct 24-26, Guimaraes, Portugal 2011:349-353.
  • Generating and managing realistic victims for medical disaster situations.
    Van Utterbeeck F, Ullrich C, Dhondt E, Lee Murray J, Van Campen S, Debacker M.
    In: S Jain, RR Creasey, J Himmelspach, KP White, M Fu (eds), Proceedings of the 2011 Winter Simulation Conference 2011: 2679-2689. 
  • Pre-hospital simulation model for medical disaster management.
    Ullrich C, Van Utterbeeck F, Dejardin E, Dhondt E, Debacker M.
    In: R. Pasupathy, S.-H. Kim, A. Tolk, R. Hill, and M. E. Kuhl (eds), Proceedings of the 2013 Winter Simulation Conference 2013: 2432-2443.
  • SIMEDIS: a discrete-event simulation model for testing responses to mass casualty incidents.
    Debacker M, Van Utterbeeck F, Ullrich C, Dhondt E and Hubloue I (2016) 
    J Med Syst; 40:273.
  • Comparative analysis of common mass casualty incident triage methods using computer simulation.
    De Rouck R, Koghee S, Debacker M, Van Utterbeeck F, Dhondt E, Hubloue I.
    EuSEM2018, Glasgow, 8-12 September 2018.


Network Of practitioners For Emergency medicAl systems and cRitical care

Medical critical care is a chain composed of the first responders to an emergency situation in the pre-hospital setting, security guards, police, fire and rescue services, the professional emergency medical services (EMS) and the acute care hospitals. This is an extremely diversified system that lies within many jurisdictions in the society.
The existing knowledge and experience is scattered and not shared efficiently, not only within one sector but among the different stakeholders in the whole system. 
Being involved in security activities requires knowledge and a way of thinking that normally does not exist within the health care community. 
This makes the cooperation of the critical health care system with the security sector complicated. In addition, knowledge about new products and innovation is limited and there is no systemic cooperation with the security sector allowing to fill gaps with better and affordable solutions needed to prepare and respond to the new threats following in particular the recent attacks in the EU.
NO FEAR main objectives are to: 

  • overcome this fragmentation, 
  • facilitate the cooperation between the practitioners, academia and industry and 
  • build a common vision on needs, gaps and innovations by creating and operating a network of stakeholders involved in acute care in security related incidents.

The network will: 

  • share experiences, best practices and lessons learned, 
  • create and operate a secure forum for discussion and call for expertise about dilemmas, operational challenges and emerging threats, 
  • allow contact with the security industry and academia to discuss innovation,
  • allow testing of new products with showcases, demonstrations and evaluations.