Basic Emergency Care (BEC) course was held at ONMedU

The aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine has changed a lot in our lives, in particular views on priorities in the skills that all doctors should possess. First of all, it concerns emergency care. From the first days of the war, Odesa National Medical University organized various trainings on providing emergency aid for a wide range of applicants: from combatants and military medics to college students. During this period, the university became the official educational platform of the world’s most famous Associations of Emergency Medicine (NAEMT). Thanks to significant experience in conducting trainings in various areas of emergency care and high-quality material and technical base, Odesa National Medical University has become one of the leading educational bases of a joint project with the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, the World Health Organization, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of emergency medicine (International Federation of Emergency Medicine) for teaching the Basic Emergency Care (BEC) course. This basic course has been developed for medical professionals of all levels who provide emergency medical care at the pre-hospital and hospital stages.

The BEC course not only helps to significantly improve the qualifications of medical personnel, but also provides skills that allow you to significantly reduce the time to assess the condition of the victim, provide emergency care, carry out further treatment during transport, as well as manage patients in a critical condition, using minimal resources, especially under emergency conditions.

The lecturers of the department of simulation medical technologies are glad to join the team of international trainers of the WHO from the BEC course and take over the training of Ukrainian doctors. The first steps for this have already been taken – our trainers are undergoing 6-week training at the initiative of the WHO and the Ministry of Health for teachers of higher medical educational institutions. The next step will be the creation of a group of Ukrainian instructors who have received BEC trainer accreditation.

Further, our trainers will constantly conduct PES courses for nurses, paramedics, doctors of various medical institutions with the provision of relevant certificates and the crediting of 25 points of continuous development (CPD).

The first such course on the basis of ONMedU has already been conducted by emergency medicine doctor, assistant of the department of simulation medical technologies Dmytro Karakonstantyn under the leadership of BEC master trainer of emergency medicine doctor, WHO specialist from Manila (Philippines) Pauline Convocar and with the participation of traumatologist, specialist Kateryna Barabash WHO.

During the 5-day course, all participants had the opportunity to listen to lectures and master practical skills of first aid in situations with limited resources in the case of airway obstruction, difficulty breathing, insufficient tissue perfusion, altered states of consciousness, injuries. The course also discussed the minimum set of medications for BEC.

All the necessary mannequins and equipment for the course are provided by the Department of Simulation Medical Technologies of ONMedU, the location is equipped with a shelter.

The next BEC course at Odesa National Medical University will be held from April 15 to 19, 2024.

We wish all training participants success!