Ambulance service comes to Lashkar Gah


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Amazin' what finds its way into yer Inbox these days....thought this might be of interest....


First steps taken to bringing an ambulance service to Lashkar Gah

The first group of Afghan medics have passed a new exam in the first stage of establishing an ambulance service in Lashkar Gah. Helmand Province.

In a new initiative set up by a group of determined medical experts from the Joint Forces Medical Group, Helmand’s Director of Health and the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Helmand Province, the first steps in providing an Afghan ambulance service in Lashkar Gah have been taken and nurses are being trained in specialist transit care.

Injured local nationals are bought to the Medical Centre in Lashkar Gar where their conditions are stabilised, before being moved to one of the locally run hospitals in Lashkar Gah.

But the nearest hospital is 15 minutes away and there is currently no way of continuing the care during transit.

Major Tamsin Clark, from Bromsgrove in Worcester, is a doctor in the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC). She said, “Lashkar Gah Primary Health Care Centre receives nearly all local national trauma cases brought in by ISAF in Helmand Province.

“They travel from point of injury to here, where we stabilise their condition before passing them on to one of the two locally run hospitals in Lashkar Gah.”

“A problem we currently face is that the nearest hospital is 15 minutes away, after we have stabilised the casualty here, there is no continuity of care in transit between here and the hospital.”

Major Clark and her team at the primary Health Care Centre created a syllabus that covers all of the basic areas that the Afghan nurses would require in order to look after patients during transit.

She said “We don’t have the time or resources to turn them into fully qualified paramedics, that is a university course in itself. But what we have done is created a three week course that will cover the most frequently seen injuries.

“Our students are already nurses at the local hospital so we are providing additional training for skills to deal with patients in transit, which allows them to be Ambulance Transfer Specialists.”

Over an intensive three week course, six key areas are covered: Catastrophic Haemorrhage, Airway Assessment and Management, Breathing Assessment, common injuries and intervention, packing the patient for transport, dealing with disability – head injuries, burns and Triage – the prioritisation of casualties.
there y'go...FWIW.

Don Cabra
I know someone who is going to get oh so crated for that!!!!


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If you have any pull with the Mods, get them to stick it in the correct Forum....only noticed after I'd posted this is for recruiting....doh!
I know someone who is going to get oh so crated for that!!!!

Too late, I believe everyone involved in that has been crated numerous times..

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