Through collaboration between the ICRC and the WHO EMT initiative and with support from the AO Foundation, experts came together to distil their knowledge into a field guide for national and international responders. The field guide seeks to answer the controversies and reinforce the practical approaches to wound and orthopaedic injuries that trauma teams will face when responding to the next disaster and conflict.

The World Health Organization EMT Secretariat contributed to the concept, design, meetings, writing and editing of this work.

The development of the Field Guide was made possible by a grant of the AO Foundation, Davos, Switzerland. The subsequent development of educational materials will be coordinated by AO.