First National Dissemination Workshop in Bulgaria

The First National Dissemination Workshop took place at the offices of Center Runi in Bulgaria on 10th October 2014. It was attended by ten highly qualified paramedics who work at different emergency centres throughout the country.

At the meeting the attendees were introduced to the project idea and its objectives, the research results, the LMS platform and the first Medilingua unit. They also all received dissemination materials (posters, leaflets, newsletters). The participants were very interested in the project, especially the platform, and most claimed their willingness to participate in future activities (e.g. the testing phase).

During the workshop Center Runi’s staff gave a detailed presentation of the learning platform and showed the paramedics how to navigate through it and test its functionality. Paramedics’ comments on the platform were very positive. They stressed the good design and excellent software execution of the first unit. The paramedics are already very interested to see the next units.

An important added value of the workshop arose from the fact that the participants began to consider the possibility of establishing their own paramedics’ association. Center Runi’s staff provided them with some advice in this initiative by explaining some of the financial and legal barriers related to the creation of an NGO. A further, more in-depth, meeting was subsequently arranged between Center Runi and one of the workshop participants to explore further the idea of a paramedic’s association. The aim of such an association should be to defend the rights of paramedics and work to develop the integration of the paramedic profession into the national legislature. If this idea becomes reality the NGO will also distribute the concept and results of the MEDILINGUA project to the widest possible number of paramedics in Bulgaria.

Meeting in Berlin

The second project meeting of the Medilingua Project took place in Berlin (Germany) on June 30 and July 1 2014. Partners reported about their research and their results which had been summarized in a common report by the University of Rzeszów. Based on the research findings, the partners determined the level of the course (B1) and defined the six most common emergency situations  paramedics deal with on their daily work (originally it was expected to define only 5 situations). The two expert partners in paramedics -the University of Rzeszów and Gesaude- agreed to prepare the scenarios for the teaching units in the following weeks after the meeting.

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Research in Portugal

The Portuguese research phase exceeded initial expectations. Following the first transnational coordination meeting (in Portugal, January 2014) Gesaúde developed further the initial contacts made with the Portuguese emergency services that are responsible for paramedic activities.

Six meetings were held with fire-fighters organisations and with INEM (National Institute of Medical Emergency), in order to inform them about the project and to involve them actively in the project work.

The contacts and meetings resulted in very strong and positive participation. The project’s research questionnaires were distributed to emergency professionals in order to understand better situation of emergency professionals in Portugal, their work, and how the project will help to enhance their capacity through training via podcasting.

There are approximately 250 emergency professionals in the centre region of Portugal, of whom just less than half (110) completed the questionnaires. The data collected from questionnaires were processed and presented in the project’s 2nd Transnational Meeting, held in Berlin, 30 June-1 July 2014.. The results of this work are reported in full in the project's Research Report that can be downloaded from this web site.

Research in Germany

The Quantitative Research Phase (QRP) began directly after the first project meeting in Coimbra and finished with the second project meeting in Berlin on the 1st of July, where analysis of the responses to the Medilingua questionnaires was presented.

The aim of the QRP was to identify the most prevalent medical emergency situations specific to a range of demographic groups including adults, children, infants, pregnant women and the elderly, as well as identifying the most commonly used mobile devices among paramedics and other health professionals in the target countries.

To this end we contacted over 40 paramedic institutions, from big international organisations such as the Red Cross – who employ 150 paramedics only in Berlin – to much smaller companies providing emergency medical transport services. Medilingua questionnaires were provided and, in some cases, the opportunity arose for us to spend time with the paramedics and explain some of the more practical aspects of how Medilingua intends to achieve its mission going forward. 

Research in Bulgaria

88 paramedics from Bulgaria participated in the research. All of them completed the surveys on time. Representatives of Center RUNI hold face to face meetings with some of them in order to introduce them to the project, its aims and the research phase.  They also provided them with detailed instructions on how to fill in the questionnaires. The same was done via phone calls or e-mail correspondence with those paramedics who were not able to attend the meetings. All of the respondents showed a big interest in the project and declared their willingness to participate in its future activities.

Due to the complex professional status of paramedics in Bulgaria the working positions and competences of the respondents were very diverse. However, when recruiting participants for the research Center RUNI followed the definiton of paramedics provided by Oxford dictionary: “people who are trained to do medical work, especially emergency first aid, but are not a fully qualified doctors”.

What's next?

 It was agreed that the next partner meeting will be held on the 30th June and the 1st July 2014 in Berlin. Right after the Coimbra meeting the research phase of the project will start. It will aim to discover the most commonly met health threatening situations in the partner countries in the thematic areas of adults, children, infants, pregnant women and the elderly. It will also identify the most commonly used mobile devices among the target group. The research will be conducted in two parts- desk research and quantitative research. For the purpose of the latter a questionnaire was prepared by the University of Rzeszow and translated to all languages of the partnership. The research must be completed before the Berlin meeting and the University of Rzeszow is responsible for the creation of common report summarizing its results.