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The «Swiss Center for Rescue-, Emergency- and Disaster Medicine (SCRED)» – is an independent, neutral, national and internationally oriented competence center for rescue-, emergency- and disaster medicine.
The aim of the center is to strengthen teaching, research, and advanced education in the field of rescue-, emergency- and disaster medicine. The SCRED will develop into a platform for the promotion of national and international networking, thereby helping to implement viable concepts for the successful management of major events and catastrophes.

Training, Continuing- and Advanced Education

For a number of years, medical studies at the University of Basel have systematically offered a defined „emergency medicine curriculum“ to deliver the basic principles of rescue-, emergency- and disaster medicine. This curriculum provides an understanding of symptom-oriented access to critically ill patients and lays the foundation for the efficient initial care of patients with potentially life-threatening illnesses or injuries. In particular, the special circumstances of emergency out-of-hospital care are considered. SCRED-affiliated lecturers and instructors are involved in this curriculum and thus ensure the continuity of this specialist area with the promotion of both academic teaching and postgraduate continuing- and advanced education.

The continuing education and training program National Center for Disaster Medicine (SFG) offers basic and specialty courses for Swiss Society for Emergency Medicine (SGNOR)-accredited emergency physicians with additional training in incident command and management and for ambulance managers. The corresponding curriculum is offered on behalf of the Coordinated Medical Services (KSD) of the Swiss Federal Government. In order to increase efficiency, new didactic methods, especially eLearning tools, are also being developed and implemented.

Terminologie Rettungs-, Notfall- und Katastrophenmedizin

Terminology (Rescue-, Emergency- and Disaster Medicine)

Consistency in the use of terms/concepts and knowledge of their definitions is vital for good and effective cooperation and is a prerequisite for the successful management of major events.

The Swiss Society for Emergency Medicine (SGNOR) has taken the initiative to create a publicly accessible web-based conceptual dictionary in four languages. Terms/concepts originating from existing The original “concept owner” of such terms will be informed accordingly.

Terminology (rescue-, emergency- and disaster medicine) is a service provided by the SCRED on behalf of SGNOR.

More about terminology and to use the search mask.

Registry for Emergency Records (Switzerland)

Most medical emergency situations occurring everyday life develop in the prehospital setting. In Switzerland, more than 100 rescue services are responsible for providing initial professional care to patients. To establish comprehensive quality control and outcome research, we rely on the documentation of preclinical characteristics, the availability of detection standards and the association between these characteristics and .

This registry is being developed in conjunction with the Coordinated Medical Services (KSD) of the Swiss Federal Government, the Swiss Society for Emergency Medicine (SGNOR), the Interassociation for Rescue Services (IVR), and associated partners. The Specialist Commission of the SCRED that manages the Registry for Emergency Records (Switzerland) is responsible for processing detailed questions on behalf of the project group.


Issues of care efficiency, the effect of prehospital intervention on the outcome, and the development of quality assurance data are central to the scientific interest of the SCRED. The Center promotes national and international networking in this area of research. For this purpose, the SCRED develops workarounds and provides tools, which promote efficient collaboration.

Together with interested partner organizations, the SCRED as a platform aims to provide rescue-, emergency-, and disaster medicine with a better scientific legitimation.


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