Module 2 – 3. Red Flags and flight-specific health needs

3. Red Flags and flight-specific health needs

This chapter focuses on fight specific health needs and red-flags in short term settings like transit facilities or hot spots.

In the following, several tools will be presented to you to support your work in this area:

Here you can find the link to a short form (2 pages) for anamnesis/triage of red flags that refugees/migrants/asylum seekers can fill in themselves or health care providers can fill in for them. The short form is available in English, Arabic, Farsi, Kurdish, Croatian, Serbian, Georgian, and Macedonian.  []

In addition, here you can find a table which was developed by the EUR-HUMAN project with red flag symptoms or signs (these red flags help in the triage process. Sometimes an acute referral will be need but even in those cases: stabilization of the critically ill patient is needed in the PHC Unit):

Red flag symptoms or signs yes no
Shock or coma or hypoglycaemia
Acute injury -trauma
Respiratory rate (high-low)
Short breathiness
Pregnancy or carrying an infant
Signs of dehydration
Signs of starvation
Suicidal ideation/ thoughts of self-harm
Burns or frostbites
Unaccompanied children
Wet clothes- teared apart
Bruises –signs of surgery (esp. children)

The table was taken from the Primary health care plan for refugees and other migrants developed by the University of Crete, Greece, within the EUR-HUMAN project.

Based on deliverable 4.2 of the project EUR-HUMAN, Set of guidelines, guidance, training and health promotion materials for primary care for newly arrived migrants including refugees, the following websites are recommended:

On the following MEDBOX Clinical Guideline webpage you can find information and clinical guidelines on many diseases []

Since it is of major importance that the patient has knowledge about her or his disease, particularly in acute situations, in the following there is a helpful link to patient information on several diseases/issues in English, Arabic, German, Russian, Spanish and Turkish. []

If you are a member of the Austrian Society for General Practitioners (ÖGAM), then, you also have free access to the EBM guidelines for General Practice. []