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VITAL INFORMATION: Students being trained in Tirunelveli on Saturday.
VITAL INFORMATION: Students being trained in Tirunelveli on Saturday.

Staff Reporter

40 participants are being trained in airway patency

TIRUNELVELI: A training programme on comprehensive trauma life support (CTLS), an initiative of International Trauma Anaesthesia and Critical Care Society (ITACCS), India, commenced here on Saturday.

Martin G. Issac, the founder of ITACCS – Indian Chapter, who has got extensive experience in trauma management in African and European countries, was the chief trainer.

CTLS course is a course on acute trauma management being organised in India to train the trainees under a range of hypothetical situations with case presentation, evidence-based discussion.

Several patients can be saved or they suffer minimum disability if ‘trauma system approach’, which refers to the integration of all aspects of trauma care, is adopted by the Good Samaritans to achieve best outcome.

With the objective of training interested persons – right from the autorickshaw drivers to the professionals (doctors) – the technicalities involved in handling the accident victims, the ITACCS – Indian Chapter designed Fundamental Trauma Life Support and CTLS.

A total of 40 participants are being trained in airway patency with cervical spine protection, breathing adequacy with ventilator support, if required, circulation with control of haemorrhage and restoration of blood volume, removal of blood or air accumulated within the victim’s body, disability (neurological) assessment and initial management of severe brain injury etc. “We intend to make the trauma management of modern era an inter-disciplinary field and hence we’ve roped in specialists from various fields including orthopaedics, anaesthesia, cardio-thoracic, neurology etc. to train the participants,” said Mr. Issac.

With the help of mannequin and sheep’s trachea, intubation techniques to facilitate breathing by clearing the airway of the accident victim, removal of helmet without disturbing the already injured spinal-cord, artificial respiration, cardiac massage, proper shifting of accident victims to the ambulance from the accident site and then to the hospital etc. were taught. The Tirunelveli Chapter of ITACCS made arrangements for this programme, which will be over on March 25. N. Ganapathy, Natesan, Kannan, Sundar, Paul Alexander and Venkatesh Babu are trainers.

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