The Center for Global Surgery : emergency relief and long-term positive impact

On World Humanitarian Day , 19 August 2015 , the Center for Global Surgery is  featured in the McGill University Health Center New room 


The Center for Global Surgery : emergency relief and long-term positive impact


Trauma Team Training in Rwanda

The Trauma Team Training (TTT) course is identified as one of the rare trauma courses emphasizing on teamwork with the ultimate aim to equip doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers with appropriate knowledge and teamwork skills to safely care for injured patients and to optimize their outcomes.



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The Center for Global Surgery at the McGill University Health Center in collaboration with the Canadian Network of International Surgery (CNIS), has been actively administrating this course in several Low and middle income countries including Tanzania. Most recently, the course was given at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Kigali (CHUK) in Rwanda.


The Emergency Department (ED) at CHUK receives approximately 12,000 new patients each year where the majority are injured patients often presenting with head and extremity injuries. The ED has been under the jurisdiction of other departments such as surgery and internal medicine for many years. However, recently, the ED has started working as an independent department faced with the challenge to build capacity for its own personnel especially in trauma resuscitation. The ED has since then developed and put in place team-based multidisciplinary resuscitation systems with the TTT course contributing to the fulfillment of this goal.


The two TTT workshops have been a great success so far. All participants found the course and skills taught very useful and showed interest in having regular refreshment sessions.We are convinced that the exposure to such courses will greatly impact the quality of care delivered to trauma patients, and that team-based resuscitation skills will significantly improve especially for Emergency Department Staff.


By Dr.Jean Claude Byiringiro, MD,MMED
Head of Emergency Department/CHUK

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Surgical capacity building in Ukraine

A team of healthcare professionals from the Centre for Global Surgery at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) recently returned from a surgical capacity building trip in Odessa, Ukraine. This was the third time that members from the Centre had traveled to Ukraine having  been to Donetsk in 2012 to help develop a disaster preparedness plan for the UEFA Euro 2012.


From July 13-17, 2015, two nurses and two trauma surgeons from the CGS provided Basic Life Support (BLS) and Trauma Team Training (TTT) courses to 26 nursing and medical staff from various hospitals in Odessa at the request of local healthcare leadership. The aim was to equip these professionals with the knowledge and skills required to respond to cardiac and trauma emergencies. In the context of the current conflict in eastern Ukraine, an effective trauma system is needed more than ever in order to help communities handle trauma and other health emergencies.


CGS team members with the graduates of the Trauma Team Training


The training course was a collaborative initiative through contacts at the Odessa National Medical University (ONMU) and was supported by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The BLS course was taught over one day and featured an interactive workshop as well as simulations and hands-on practice on mannequins. The TTT course was taught over a three days period and included a didactic component as well as skills workshops, team building exercises, simulation and case studies.


Dr. Jeremy Grushka teaching essential surgical skills                                                    Nancy Tze teaching Basic Life Support




  Andre Belkin teaching BLS                                                                                 Dr. Yuriy Yutovets teaching intraosseous access


Participants appreciated having a venue where they could reflect on how practices differed based on settings and exchange ideas with health care professionals from another country. Many participants also emphasized that trauma courses were becoming more and more crucial due to the growing number of injuries as a result of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Overall, they were extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in this training and recommended expanding the program to the entire country.


Nadine Demko


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1650 Cedar Avenue, Room L9-112
Montreal, Quebec, Canada  H3G 1A4
Tel: +1 (514) 934-1934 ext: 45933 

Rachel Nadeau, Clinical Coordinator
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