National Ambulance Service (NAS) has organized a one-week training programme in trauma management for its personnel at the Headquarters of the Service, here in Accra. The training was to serve as a refresher course for the EMTs to gain more knowledge in the management of trauma related cases.

The week-long programme was in-conjunction with the University of Florida, USA. A team of three members comprising of Dr. Torben Becker, Director of Global Health Programmes and Chief of Critical Care in Emergency Care, Dr. Lindsey Beamer-Scott,Global Health Fellow and Katelyn Flaherty an MB/ PHD student, all from the University of Florida were the resource persons for the training.

In a short opening ceremony to begin the training programme, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NAS Prof. Ahmed Nuhu Zakariah was enthused over how privileged the Service had been by attracting University of Florida to training Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).

He urged EMTs participating in the programme to take advantage of such trainings whenever the opportunity comes, adding that they could also serve as Training of Trainers at their respective stations when they get back to their bases

"I urge you all to really take advantage of this training to improve your skills and also impact the knowledge into other EMTs at the Station level and don’t keep the knowledge to yourselves".

Some of the topics treated were prehospital trauma care principles, Prehospital trauma life support, spinal motion restriction, simulation scenarios, as well, as group discussions and critique. In all, seventy-five Advance EMTs were selected for the training.

By PR Unit