Staff Reporter

Kozhikode: Two-day workshops on pre-hospital care, advanced trauma care and disaster management began at various venues in the city on Thursday as part of the 2 {+n} {+d} Indo-American Emergency Medicine Conference slated to be held at the MIMS Auditorium on Saturday and Sunday.

Over 150 doctors from all over the country will participate in the conference. MIMS Hospital and the Indian Medical Association (IMA) are the main organisers.

Inaugurating the workshop on pre-hospital care at the IMA Hall, P.A. Lalitha, Chairperson of the Women's Forum of the association, said an effective ambulance network, well-stocked and capable of rushing patients to hospitals without wasting time, was an important component of pre-hospital care. This required effective coordination between the public and private and voluntary organisations to ensure a wide reach for such services.

Handling the workshop, Tamorish Kole of Max Hospitals, New Delhi spoke of the mistakes and care to be taken while transferring patients who required emergency care to hospitals. He warned that mistakes made at such times could harm the patient for life. He explained how to extract persons from vehicles caught in accidents, how to remove helmets from patients' heads and how to move patients with back injury.

The workshop dealt with accidents where multiple persons were injured and required trauma and hospital care and how to prioritise first-aid treatment for such persons based on the seriousness of their condition. Training was provided on treating respiratory conditions and internal injuries.