Trauma Secretariat launches emergency response demonstration
COLOMBO: The Colombo Fire Brigade in co-operation with the
Colombo Municipal Council provided a mock demonstration of emergency
response, rescue, treatment, and transport for casualties resulting from
a 'Head-on' road traffic accident at Town Hall on February 9.
Healthcare and Nutrition Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva launched
the Trauma secretariat to reduce incidence, disability, and death
related to trauma, the number one cause of hospital admission.
Trauma Management requires a partnership between citizens,
pre-hospital care, and hospital care.
Citizens must recognise emergencies and call for trained medical
help. Pre-hospital care provided at traumatic emergencies by qualified
professionals is essential for patients suffering from fractures, spinal
injuries, and bleeding.
In Colombo, citizens can dial "1-1-0", 24 hours-a-day toll-free for a
stocked ambulance with well trained, qualified personnel.
This simulation provided real-life experience as members of the Fire
Brigade, Medi-Calls, and community based medical responders from
Sarvodaya, an intensive 140 hour Emergency Medical Technician training
course conducted by Northwest Medical Teams International.
This course utilised the curriculum adopted by the Trauma System
Development Committee and followed the same international standards for
pre-hospital emergency care from Australia, UK, USA and the World Health
Organisation's trauma care guidelines.
This casualty simulation marked an important milestone. After the
training classes ending on February 14, the first 100 EMT's in Sri Lanka
will be trained to the international standards in pre-hospital trauma
As the pre-hospital system continues to develop in conjunction with
the national trauma system, citizens should be reassured that trained
professionals are ready to provide internationally recognised emergency
treatment from the site of the emergency continuing through their
hospital treatment and recovery.