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European Society for Trauma and Emergency Surgery


Vienna – Austria


The European Society for Trauma and Emergency Surgery (ESTES) was founded in 2007 following the merging of the European Association for Trauma & Emergency Surgery and the European Trauma Society.

The aim of the Society is to promote interest, knowledge, and quality of care for emergency surgical patients and trauma victims. This includes pre-hospital and in-hospital life support, damage control and resuscitation, diagnosis, trauma, emergency surgery, other interventions, and rehabilitation.

This is underpinned by international collaboration, scientific research, development, and delivery of training courses, and the work of the specialist sections: Skeletal Trauma and Sports Medicine, Visceral Trauma, Emergency Surgery, Polytrauma and Disaster & Military Surgery. The Society has an official scientific publication, the European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery (EJTES).


ESTES participates in WP1, Practitioners Needs & Toolkit Architecture and Design, focusing on a thorough analysis of the widely operated protocols for triage, damage control and pre-hospitalisation processes in the event of mass casualty incidents.

Within this task, ESTES will organise and chair five roundtables with the consortium partners, the Advisory Board, external experts, and the research groups of ESTES in the field of disaster medicine. Based on the extensive experience in trauma and emergency services, ESTES contributes to upgrading triage (WP2) and the development of pre-hospitalisation enhancement and continuous triage enablers (WP3).

ESTES also participates in monitoring ethics, privacy, and security issues as well as in the overall project planning. As a significant actor in the field of emergency medicine, ESTES supports communication, dissemination and exploitation efforts focusing on networking with key actors from the emergency medicine community and identifying relevant business cases.

Finally, ESTES has a significant role in managing the involvement of practitioners (end-users) and the Advisory Board in the NIGHTINGALE project.