The importance of teamwork among multidisciplinary professionals providing care to severely injured patients was highlighted at the first Trauma Multidisciplinary Critical Care Educational Day held by the Trauma Center at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC).
The event provided an opportunity for about 70 healthcare professionals to discuss international best practices in the care of severely injured patients, and to learn from experts such as Dr. Hassan Al Thani, Head of Trauma and Vascular Surgery and Dr. Ahmad Zarour, Consultant General/Trauma and Critical Care Surgeon and Director of Trauma Critical Care at HMC, and Dr. Alasdair Conn, Medical Director of Massachusetts General Hospital’s (MGH) Inpatient Access and Transfer Center and Chief Emeritus of MGH Emergency Services.
“I am grateful for the teamwork that has led our Trauma Center to many important achievements,” said Dr. Hassan Al Thani, who commended each member of the team in his welcome remarks. “In Qatar where trauma is a leading cause of death, the Trauma Center has gained international recognition for its role in improving care for severely injured people in the country,” he added.
“A trauma center – appropriately equipped and staffed and linked to an organized pre-hospital system – can lead to a significant decrease in deaths in severe traumatic injury,” said Dr. Alasdair Conn. Dr. Conn was part of a team of evaluators from Partners Healthcare International who recently visited HMC to assess the capacity of the Trauma Critical Care Units on various criteria such as strength of manpower, operations, equipment and patient care.
“The Trauma Center at HMC is working towards verification as a Level 1 Trauma Center, which provides the highest level of trauma care available and is capable of providing total care for every aspect of injury, from prevention through rehabilitation,” said Dr. Ahmad Zarour, who spoke on the significance of building multidisciplinary teams and the importance of teamwork in achieving best practices in patient care.
Presentations were also made by Dr. Ashok Parchani, Associate Director of the Trauma ICU on the care of patients with head injury and brain death criteria; physiotherapist Mohamed Haneef on spinal cord injury and positioning; Bindhu Mathew, Staff Nurse at the Trauma Ward on the care of patients on total parenteral nutrition; and Dhouha Hamdani Ep Jallali, Infection Control Practitioner on infection prevention and control practices.
Dr. Ruben Peralta, Senior Consultant and Director of HMC’s Trauma and Critical Care Fellowship Program which won recognition from Arab Health in 2012, highlighted the role of advanced medical education in improving patient outcomes in Qatar. “Advanced post-graduate education in trauma and critical care medicine in Qatar has significantly contributed to patient safety and outcomes for critically injured patients, particularly in the reduction of deaths and decreased length of stay in the hospital among severely injured patients. It has enhanced the overall performance of HMC’s trauma service and increased staff professional satisfaction.”
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Nada El Hajj
Hamad Medical Corporation
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