BORDER GUARD DOCTORS AND NATIONAL GUARD SERVICEMEN TRAINED ACCORDING TO WORLD CLASS STANDARDS OF PREHOSPITAL CARE
The final simulation of the “Ukrainian Trauma Life Support” course took place at the base of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine hospital. It's participants – doctors of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine and National Guard of Ukraine members.
The intense program took six days to complete and was composed of seminars, skill stations and simulations in real time. The course was funded by the Government of Canada through the Canada Ukraine foundation and administered by Patriot Defence.
“Our 25 students worked for six days with our instructors. They learn the spectrum of care from moment of injury – for example, how to apply a tourniquet – until the patient arrives at a hospital. They process takes them through everything from the tourniquet to the operating room. This is a very advanced course and our students worked excellently for six days,” said Doctor Ulana Suprun, director of the NGO Patriot Defence.
Patriot Defence organized the course “Ukrainian Trauma Life Support” for Ukrainian doctors with the goal of elevating their qualifications and enhancing their protocols, essential when working with trauma. Doctors from the SSU, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Defence also completed trauma life support course. The week was intense for both the participants and instructors. It started with a Combat Life Saver course that was followed with intensive learning with lectures, skill stations and real time simulations.
The program is based on world-class medicine, and it's instructors are specialists from Ukraine, the UK and the US. Some of them are former soldiers who served in conflict zones, and who are currently sharing their experience and knowledge with doctors in Ukraine, at the invitation of Patriot Defence.
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Doctors of the National Guard and the State Border Guard were also tested at the end of the week to evaluate their changes.
During a simulation, an explosion affected 12 victims in different ways. It was the doctor's duty to provide first aid, transport the wounded via ambulance to an outdoor hospital constructed nearby, where the patients were given intensive care. The participants were supervised by their mentors throughout the test.
Lead instructor of the course, Alexander Bongards, explains: “When I arrived, I said straight away that I wouldn't teach doctors medicine, but that I was going to teach them principles. Today I received feedback – that these principles worked.”
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All the doctors passed the course successfully, and three of the participants received awards for excellence, as well as Patriot Defence chevrons as gifts. “At the beginning of the course we talked about teamwork. Today we see the results of these conversations as people who earlier in the week did not even know each other, are working together as a team in a very chaotic environment, while putting their medical skills to effect,” said Scott Elbert, course instructor at the certificate presentation.
Another mentor, Nicholas Dillon, added, “The real test for the doctors, who passed the course, starts tomorrow, when they go back to their work. It is there that they will really understand, what they learned throughout this week.”