During the last three years, medical teams and Ministry of Health
representatives from Bulgaria attended. Recently, their training took on a new
significance, as a terrorist
attack in the resort town of Burgas claimed the lives of five Israelis, and
injured dozens of others.
Rambam is northern Israel's only Level One trauma hospital. Thus, it treats
the highest number of seriously injured patients in Israel - twice as many as
any other medical center here.
"Rambam has had to learn from its
experience, and care here is at the highest standards," said Dr Otilia Neves,
who is overseeing the creation of the first trauma and emergency system in her
country, Mozambique. "You can be proud of your system. I plan to urge more
physicians from my country to come here for training."
"In Nepal, there
are numerous sources of trauma. In recent years, a major cause has been terror,
as the country has been in a state of political chaos. We must also deal with
natural disasters like flash floods, landslides and avalanches," said Buland
Thopa, an orthopedic surgeon from Kathmandu, Nepal, who is in charge of a new
level-one 200-bed trauma center. "So much of what we learn here will help in our
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Alice Bittah is a head nurse in the Kenyatta National Hospital Nairobi, which
receives Kenya's most serious trauma cases. "We face great challenges from
terror, accidents and other causes and Israel is known for its preparedness in
the case of emergency incidents," she says. "I am learning things here that will
help me to build a system that flows and strengthen our medical teams, and I
enjoying every minute of it."
The international trauma course is just one example of activities held by
Rambam's Teaching Center for Trauma, Emergency and Mass Casualty Situations,
which offers wide-ranging programs both at Rambam and abroad. Designated a level
one trauma facility, Rambam admits the most severely injured patients in times
of natural disaster or war.
Currently, the hospital is constructing an underground emergency facility,
which should be ready for operation in three months. There, some 2,000 patients
can be absorbed, and in the case of chemical warfare, detoxified, treated and