Clinical solutions and rescue measures to combat life-threatening complications in trauma patients were the highlights of the discussions during the 18th national conference of Trauma Society of India that began here on Friday.

Motor vehicle accidents account for 80 per cent of multiple traumatic injuries in the country, with each case involving children to the elderly calling for special attention to detail.

The three-day conference organised by the Cochin Orthopaedic Society was inaugurated by Dr. G. S. Kulkarni, the president of Trauma Society of India. At the various scientific sessions held, Prof. Otmar Trentz, trauma surgeon from the University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland, said the patient should be haemodynamically stable before any major bony fixation is attempted. The patient has to survive the trauma of the accident and the surgery in the first few hours. There are a few phases a trauma patient goes through. A thorough understanding of the pathophysiology is essential to treat complex cases to avert a fatal organ dysfunction due to hypoxia and infection.

Organizing secretary Dr. Rajesh Simon, organizing chairman Dr. Thomas Mathew, president of Kerala Orthopedic Association Dr. Vasudevan P.N., secretary of Trauma Society of India Dr. Sushrut Babhulkar and conference director Dr. Lazar J. Chandy spoke.

The other leading international faculty at the conference include Dr. Karthik Hariharan ( U.K.), Dr. Cyrus Klostermann ( Germany), Dr. Senthil Nathan (U.S.A.) and Dr. Omana Trentz (Switzerland).

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