Dr Ahmad Zarour, Consultant, Trauma/Critical Care Surgery and Director of Trauma Critical Care at Hamad General Hospital (HGH); Dr Rifat Latifi, Professor of Surgery and Director of Trauma, HGH; Dr Hassan Al Thani, Head of Trauma, Vascular Surgery and General Surgery at HGH; Dr Saud Al Turki, Consultant and Head Section, Vascular Surgery, Department of Surgery, King Abdulaziz Medical City; Dr Subash Gautham, Director of Advance Trauma Life Support, the UAE, and Dr Jamal J Hoballah, Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery, American University of Beirut Medical Centre, during a press conference at Hamad Education Centre, yesterday. (kammutty VP)
By Fazeena Saleem
DOHA: Orthopaedic injuries among trauma patients are on the rise in Qatar. The Trauma Care Centre refers an average of 10 patients every day to Hamad General Hospital (HGH) for surgery related to such injuries, an expert said yesterday.
The centre receives around 6,000 patients every year, and nearly 2,000 of them are admitted to HGH for treatment. At least 15 to 20 percent of those patients need surgery.
“The numbers of orthopaedic patients are significant. There are large numbers of other injuries which require orthopaedic surgery. They are the major section in trauma cases,” said Dr Hassan Al Thani, Head of the Trauma, Vascular Surgery and General Surgery sections at HMC.
“We receive a minimum of 10 such cases per day,” he said while addressing a press conference on the sidelines of the First Qatar Surgical Society Symposium and Third Annual Advance Trauma Life Support (ATLS) for Middle East and North Africa (Mena) conference at Hamad Education Centre. The conference aims to raise awareness about trauma.
Trauma is a leading cause of permanent disability and mortality in the country. But officials did not reveal the exact number of deaths caused by trauma.
“Trauma is the number one killer and this is the only disease that can be prevented,” said Dr Rifat Latifi, Professor of Surgery, Director of Trauma at HGH.
“Even if one person dies, that death is preventable. No one should die because of trauma. If we take all safety measures, we can prevent it,” he added.
The two-day symposium features a multi-disciplinary approach to various topics, from trauma and transplant to colorectal surgery, general surgery and research. Doctors and nurses engaged in the fields are participating in workshops to learn from international experts who are in Qatar to share their knowledge and expertise.
Qatar, a member of ATLS for Mena, will start a chapter of American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma in March.