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Nepal: trauma course aims to improve management of emergency cases

12-01-2010 News Release 10/02

Kathmandu (ICRC) – A four-day emergency-room trauma course organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Department of General Practice and Emergency Medicine of Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital to improve medical care for people injured in violence, natural disasters or traffic accidents began in Kathmandu today.

The course complements a workshop on basic surgical management of wounds and trauma conducted in Kathmandu in December 2008. It aims to enhance participants'skills in initial assessment and management of trauma cases resulting mainly from injuries to the head, spine or limbs. The course will be given by specialist ICRC surgeons Dr Mauro Dalla Torre and Dr Marco Baldan, and attended by 20 doctors and other medical personnel working in the emergency departments of various hospitals in Kathmandu and elsewhere in Nepal.

" By enhancing and complementing the expertise of local doctors in the management of emergency trauma cases, we expect to reduce the incidence of trauma-related morbidity, mortality and disability among injured people seeking hospital emergency-room treatment, " said Patrick Vial, head of the ICRC delegation in Nepal.

The ICRC has been providing support for medical facilities treating people wounded in connection with the conflict and other violence in Nepal since 2001.

  For further information, please contact:
  Rafiullah Qureshi, ICRC Kathmandu, tel: +977 1 4482285 or +977 98510 34638