Ecuadorian Red Cross High Technological Institute: An institution committed to higher education
The Ecuadorian Red Cross High Technological Institute – ISTCRE – is a Higher Education Institution created by resolution CONESUP RCP. S04_070.04 on February 19, 2004. Its sponsoring agency is the Ecuadorian Red Cross National Society. Its mission and vision are inspired by the philosophy and doctrine of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, as well as by State policies on higher education.
Its operation is regulated by the Organic Law of Higher Education of Ecuador and its corresponding regulations. Likewise, it reports to society and to entities such as the Higher Education Council (CONESUP), the Evaluation, Accreditation and Quality Assurance of Higher Education Council (CEAACES), and the National Secretariat for Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (SENESCYT). In 2009, the Institute was declared in category “A” by the National Council for Evaluation and Accreditation (CONEA).
In 2014, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent declared the Institute as a Regional Reference Centre for Medical Emergencies and Prehospital Care due to its outstanding level of academic quality in its students training. With this recognition, the Institute was internationally projected as a model of technological education in Latin America and the Caribbean. Today, the Institute also has the category “ACCREDITED” with Resolution N409-CEAACES-SE-12-2016 of May 18, 2016 as part of the Higher Education System. ISTCRE was also recognized as an NAEMT Authorized Training Center in 2017 because of its interest, expertise and capacity to train personnel in terms of patient care through a high-quality education.
In its beginnings, the Institute had only 30 students and six classrooms. Today it has two campuses located in the north of Quito, capital of Ecuador, that have all the quality requirements of higher education. In addition, ISTCRE has about 12 ambulances and 14 rapid response units linked to SIS ECU 911 (National Emergency System in Ecuador), one Search and Rescue Team and a Telecommunications Unit, to support Ecuadorian Red Cross and National Emergency System.
We educate about 2,500 students. This training is characterized by the following structure: 1) Technical, academic and scientific training. 2) Training in values and institutional principles. 3) Training in community leadership.
During fourteen years of permanent academic work, more than 1,000 professionals from the careers of Medical Emergencies Technology and Disaster Risk Management Technology have graduated and currently provide their services in public and private institutions, demonstrating professional capacity and leadership, ethics and the humanitarian values of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
The Emergency Medical Technologists are professionals trained in:
1. Acting jointly and with a humane attitude, technical criteria and community approach in prehospital medical emergencies, in places, scenarios and geoclimatic conditions that may occur, and in those situations that might need rescue procedures.
2. Identifying the injuries, their location and pathologies that cause the medical emergency and the corresponding protocols, even in patients that present signs of emotional disturbance, in adults and children.
3. Proceeding in accordance with the corresponding technical procedures for the management of the polytraumatized patient and critical patient.
4. Identifying and evaluating the risk factors of prehospital medical emergencies and instructing communities and society in general, through training events and other methodological strategies, in accident prevention and prehospital care topics.
5. Professional responding to the requirements and needs of prehospital emergency care systems.
The Emergency Medical Technologists might work in Relief Agencies; Ambulance Service Companies; Private companies; Assistance Centers; Public enterprises; Medical departments and others.
The Technologists in Disaster Risk Management are professionals trained in:
1. Acting professionally in accordance with humanitarian principles and ideals, in social and community contexts that might need their actions.
2. Identifying and assessing threats, vulnerabilities and capacities in relation to risks in emergencies and disasters.
3. Planning and coordinating the application of risk reduction plans in the field of preparedness, prevention, mitigation and warning.
4. Coordinating and managing inter- institutionally actions and response mechanisms, based on national and international standards.
TheTechnologists in Disaster Risk Management might work in: Relief Agencies; Private companies; Industrial Security Companies; Public enterprises; Departments of Risk Management and others.
The educational model of the Ecuadorian Red Cross High Technological Institute is based on the following axes: 1) Academic; 2) Scientific; and, 3) Humanitarian; the latter is the conceptual and philosophical basis of the entire training process of our professionals and is based on the fundamental principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement: 1) Humanity; 2) Impartiality; 3) Neutrality; 4) Independence; 5) Voluntary service, 6) Unit; 7) Universality.
We maintain national inter-institutional support agreements with the National Polytechnic School, San Francisco University, Pontificia Universidad Católica, the National Secretariat of Risk Management, the Technical Secretariat for Disabilities, the Ministry of Public Health and other important entities related to the care of emergencies and disasters. Internationally, we have agreements with Kingsborough Community College, Miami Dade College, West Coast University and others.
The Mission of the Ecuadorian Red Cross High Technological Institute ISTCRE seeks not only to provide proven, recognized and certified training, but also to promote processes that reduce the risk to people and their livelihoods. Optimal training not only endows individuals, communities and organizations with useful knowledge for responding once the event occurs, it also encourages them to work in anticipation and development of Prevention and Safety Culture ISTCRE, in addition to being an official regulated education center, is an external training center aimed at managing and satisfying the training needs of companies, institutions and the public in general. It offers services to the community seeking to achieve safer spaces and communities capable of providing First Responders to accidents and other events.
Our 14 years of commitment led to action. Professionalising prehospital care and disaster risk management personnel in South America has allowed us to position ourselves nationally and internationally, bringing this training to the entire region and the world.
To find out more about ISTCRE, please email: [email protected] cruzrojainstituto.edu.ec
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