Banner physicians train medical professionals in Ukraine
Dr. Nirav Patel, a trauma acute care
surgeon and one of the panelists for
the program, says the trainings are
invaluable for participants.
As the war in Ukraine continues, emergency trauma physicians at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix are doing their part to contribute to the medical community there. Several physicians are delivering live virtual training sessions on trauma for medical professionals and health care workers on the frontlines.
Aside from basic trauma care, the sessions focus on scenarios involving crush injuries, blast wounds, and burn treatment, as well as mental health trauma. The trainings are taking place in the Simulation Emergency Trauma Center, where mannequins with realistic wounds are used to assist with teaching how to clinically assess and treat such patients.
Supported by charitable gifts, the Banner Simulation Training Program is one of the country's largest simulation education programs to train physicians, nurses, allied health providers and emergency responders. At the heart of the simulation education program is the 55,000-square-foot Banner Simulation Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona, the nation’s largest virtual hospital and one of the biggest centers of its kind in the world. It is complemented by other Banner Simulation Center sites in Arizona and Colorado, as well as a mobile training program that serves hospitals throughout the Western Region.
The program was coordinated by Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), a non-profit based out of the University of New Mexico, after the Ukraine Ministry of Health requested basic trauma care training for medical personnel. The 16-part series offers extremely valuable and potentially life-saving instruction for participants, many of whom work in a pre-hospital, live combat setting.
Dr. Nirav Patel, a trauma acute care surgeon and one of the panelists for the program, says the trainings are invaluable for participants.
“With our Simulation Center, we have the ability to demonstrate to them what injuries may look like clinically and how we may do procedures in a very realistic situation,” says Patel.
“We’re part of a huge international family, and activities like this really highlight Banner’s commitment to not only serving our local communities, but also how we play a role in a much bigger picture around the world.”
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