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Pattaya Daily News

06 August 2008 :: 12:08:31 pm 3640

Khon Kaen Gain Emergency Medical Response Award

Khon Kaen Hospital‘s Trauma and Critical Care Centre has set up the most extensive and well-trained system of pre-hospital medical response in Thailand. The hospital has 43 medical stations, each with one or more ambulances staffed by emergency medical technicians and pre-hospital emergency response nurses able to provide critical care for those with medical emergencies and trauma. There are also 99 sub-district stations where First Responders, trained in advanced first aid, are also on hand to provide emergency treatment.
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Thailand, the 6th of August 2008 [Pattaya Daily News]: Currently, due to not having a formal emergency medical response system, road traffic accident victims in Thailand often suffer further post-accident injuries by being rough-handled by passers-by, or worse, being robbed and left for dead. Now, with Khon Kaen Hospital’s initiative, this may all change as other towns and cities throughout the country take a leaf from their book and establish coherent emergency response measures. It is certainly a lesson Pattaya could well take to heart.

“Basically we are now considered a model for both in-hospital and pre-hospital trauma care for the country and the region,” said Witaya Chadbunchachai, Director of ITAL. He cited the example of the First Responders, covering the 10,886 sq.km of the province, using vans and pick-ups rather than ambulances, who make some 30,000 emergency transports per year and manage to reach the scene of the accident in 14 minutes, with a further 20 minutes to get the victims to hospital.

Khon Kaen Hospital first established a programme, in 1989, supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) to improve trauma skills and to collect data on accident victims. They found that while most patients were medical emergencies not traumatic injuries – some 80% of the trauma injuries were from motorcycle accidents, which accounted for 90% of in-hospital deaths. This led the hospital in 1992 to inaugurate a helmet safety awareness campaign, which was the spur that later, in 1996, influenced the government to legislate that all motorcycle riders wear helmets.

According to hospital data, the national legislation significantly reduced motorcycle injuries. However, many riders – principally the young and those drinking – avoid wearing their helmets at night, leading to an increased rate of serious injuries and deaths. However, they hope that their new “Helmet For Youth” Safety And Awareness Programme, 2008″ will help reverse this trend.

The hospital also runs a One Stop Crisis Centre (OSCC). “Through the [OSCC] we are the first hospital in the region to provide assistance to children and women who have been abused, either through sexual abuse or domestic violence.

Over the past eight years, 8,000 emergency medical specialists have been trained and are at work in Khon Kaen Province and throughout Thailand


Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Business News

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