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Phuket emergency medical team hone their skills

Phuket emergency medical team hone their skills

PHUKET: Emergency medical teams brushed up their skills in a competitive Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Rally staged in Suan Luang Park in Phuket Town on Tuesday (January 7).

By Wiparatana Nathalang

Monday 13 January 2014, 05:04PM

Rescuers attend to an unconscious motorbike accident 'victim'.

Rescuers attend to an unconscious motorbike accident 'victim'.

In the competition, organised by the Phuket Provincial Health Office (PPHO), the seven teams had to treat emergency situations at seven bases around the park, simulating situations ranging from mass casualties to childbirth.

Kajonsak Kaewjarat from the PPHO explained that the exercise would be as realistic as possible.

“Each base has three first responders who are trained rescuers, and four advanced medical practitioners – a doctor and three nurses.

“The teams have 15 minutes to save the victims and five minutes to pack up all the equipment. If they call 1669 for the advanced medical practitioners, they will have to wait for eight minutes for them to arrive at the base.”

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The objectives for this EMS Rally are to stimulate the development of our knowledge and the ability of our personnel in resuscitation network to become enthusiastic by frequently rehearsing and strengthening teamwork and the overall network, Dr Kajonsak said.

“This especially applies to the relationship between hospital teams, rescuers, the command centre and radio communications. To be successful we need to help each other.”

Seven teams took part in the competition – Vachira Phuket Hospital with Phuket Kusondharm Foundation; Thalang Hospital with Mai Khao OrBorTor Foundation; Patong Hospital with Kamala OrBorTor Foundation, the OrBorJor Hospital with Rassada Municipality Foundation; Phuket Bangkok Hospital with Kathu Municipality Foundation: Phuket International Hospital with Karon Municipality Foundation and Phuket Mission Hospital with Cherng Talay OrBorTor Foundation.

The winners, taking home a prize of B4,000, were the Vachira/Kusoldharm team, followed by Patong Hospital/OrBorTor Kamala and Thalang Hospital/OrBorTor Mai Khao.

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