Doctors From Cherkasy Region Trained in New Trauma Protocols
It was a busy week at the Cherkasy Doctor’s Training Center. During a five-day training course provided by Ukrainian and foreign instructors from Patriot Defence, local medics completed training to prepare them for massive casualties.
From Sept 19-25, 23 doctors from Cherkasy and its region – including trauma surgeons, orthopedists, surgeons, anesthesiologists – completed a number of seminars and skill stations. They learned modern approaches to trauma management at the prehospital and hospital stage. The purpose of the Ukrainian Trauma Life Support Course (UTLS) is to teach medics to how deal with emergency trauma under extreme conditions.
The last day of the course includes a final written and physical assessment exam. The practical exam was based on a real-life scenario – vehicle crashed into an office of a factory and resulted in 12 casualties among the passengers and local workers.
Loud screams and noises – that’s the sound of incoming responders. Students divided into teams in order to assign responsibilities and set up communication system so they can maximize the effectiveness of provided care and prepare casualties for evacuation. During the hospital stage, there are already four teams that worked on stabilizing patients that arrived.
“We are talking about medical care during first hours of a patient’s arrival in hospital. This course is a standard thing around the world while we started conducting it only one year ago”, - said deputy ministry of health and one of the course instructors Dr. Oleksandr Linchevskyy. “This course is devoted to providing first aid during trauma in civilian life. Nearly five thousand people die in car crashes in Ukraine every year which is much higher number than the death rate in ATO. This is not acceptable.”
Instructors of the course are foreign specialists from Great Britain and the USA along with Ukrainian colleagues that have a successfully practiced and have completed the UTLS course. Students constantly emphasize the time factor during first aid: medics must be able to quickly identify trauma and decisions are also have to be precise. Hence, people who work with trauma must be properly trained according to the best international standards.
Students say that this course significantly changes their view on trauma management because every doctor should treat a patient according to a strict algorithm, check every injured part of the body in strict order to be able to assess a patient as fast as possible and respond quickly.
At the end of the simulation exercise all patients survived and students passed the exam and the graduates receive a certificate from Patriot Defence.
Acting Health Minister, Patriot Defence founder Ulana Suprun together with students of Cherkasy medical college, that were acting as patients