Dr. med. Claus-Robin Fritzemeier introduces students to dealing with major disasters

October 24, 2023

Dr. Claus-Robin Fritzemeier, Senior Physician for Trauma Surgery and Orthopaedics at the Protestant Hospital in Mettmann, recently taught an elective course on disaster medicine at the UMCH Campus in Hamburg. The students were able to benefit from the many years of experience of the specialist in orthopaedics and traumatology, special traumatology and emergency medicine.

Dr. Fritzemeier is also a specialist in triaging, which determines the order in which patients are treated in an emergency room. Among other incidents, he was involved in the flood disaster in the Ahr valley in 2021 as well as various hospital evacuations and training exercises.

With his help, the students were able to learn how they can and must make decisions in unfamiliar and unclear situations with limited resources. Topics included terrorist attacks, mass casualty incidents (e.g., polytrauma from traffic accidents), mass disease outbreaks (e.g., outbreaks of gastroenteritis in nursing homes), and disaster medicine.