War surgery in DRC: Emergency triage

When there are dozens of seriously injured patients at the entrance to a hospital, who should be treated first? To prepare medical staff for these situation in DRC, we regularly organize triage exercises in many areas where violent clashes can result in large influxes of injured people. A simulation exercise was held recently at Bukavu general hospital.

Second of a series of five videos that illustrate different aspects of war surgery in a bare-bones context.

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The first in the series - DRC: An innovative approach to lifesaving war surgery
The third - DRC: Performing war surgery without electricity
The fourth - DRC: After the operation, learning to move again

In eastern DRC, the ICRC trains specialists in war surgery to ensure the best possible treatment for patients with bullet or knife wounds. Since the beginning of the project in November 2012 in Goma (North Kivu), and then in Bukavu (South Kivu) in February 2013, 1,500 patients have had surgery. For the time being, the ICRC maintains an expatriate surgical team in Bethesda/Ndosho hospital in Goma. In Bukavu general hospital, local surgeons no longer need direct help from the ICRC and, since July 2015, we have provided only technical supervision and financial and material support.