Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in Events, Recent News | 0 comments

At Sagam Community Hospital a new piece of medical equipment has arrived: a spinal board. A spinal board is designed to provide rigid support to patients who are suspected of having a spinal or limb injury. The main function is spinal immobilization to prevent aggravation to injuries, especially those injuries inflicting the spinal cord. Although a simple concept, the spinal board helps to save lives and prevent injury that compromises quality of life.

Relevant medical equipment, such as the spinal board, is invaluable to our emergency medicine department. Having such equipment will help ensure our patients are given the best possible care, at Sagam Community Hospital and even before… Our spinal board can be used pre-hospitalization, as it is mobile and can be taken en-route to pick up emergency patients by ambulance; thus, facilitating safer, more effective care from the start. SCH is obtaining new and essential medical supplies constantly, to ensure quality of care for our patients and our community.
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Dr. Hiren Patel (MGH Global Health Fellow, MD) teaches our medical staff how to assess, transfer, and triage patients with suspected spinal/limb injuries using the spinal board and cervical collars (neck braces).

As an aspect of Emergency and Family Medicine Residency Program, our hospital staff undergo a demanding simulation twice weekly. Nurses, clinical officers, medical officers, triage staff, and our residents participate in an interactive simulation, designed to prepare them for real-like emergency situations. This week the simulation topics focus on the training our team on spinal/limb injuries and the appropriate medical interventions, which include using our new spinal board.
Clinical Officer, Mr. Javan Imbamba, and support staff are instructed by Dr. Hiren Patel (MGH Global Health Fellow, MD) on how to safety move a injured patient (actor) to/from the spinal board.

Clinical Officer, Mr. Javan Imbamba, and support staff are instructed by Dr. Hiren Patel (MGH Global Health Fellow, MD) on how to safety move a injured patient (actor) to/from the spinal board.