Amid war with Russian forces, hospital staff of Lviv, Ukraine, is being given the training to deal with emergency situations. Dr Jonah von Schreeb, who is the WHO (World Health Organisation’s) emergency medical team coordinator, provides a brief description of the training being provided to the healthcare staff in the war-torn country.
WHO in Ukraine’s official Twitter account noted, “Dr Jonah von Schreeb, WHO emergency medical team coordinator, talks about training on mass casualties in Ukraine for healthcare workers in one of the hospitals in Lviv. This training gave the staff confidence that they could manage this type of emergency situation and save lives“.
Dr Schreeb stated, “At the time of the explosion in Lviv, where civilians were killed, we conducted a mass casualty training at one of the hospitals close by actually that particular hospital received around hundred patients not more than three weeks ago”.
In view of Dr Schreeb, the training was the need of the hour, and the Ukrainian hospital staff members were “really” asking for help.
“How do we improve our system to manage an influx of a lot of wounded patients. So we have our simulated patients, around 60 of them. Then we test this plan of that hospital by introducing initially one patient at a time and then slowly more and more patients, and then they need to come outside the emergency room, pick up the patients, triage them to decide which one needs to go in the emergency room, which one is green and can walk to a separate building because time here is very important”.
He then added that one needs to make sure that the most severely injured are immediately taken to the hospital facilities and are taken care of, as it is the sole way to save lives.
“We do the same type of training in the pre-hospital centre with an ambulance crew in order to make sure that they can rapidly assess the situation, identify those who are most critically ill”.