International Medical Conference in Dnipro
The first international medical conference, supported by NATO, is underway in the Ukrainian city of Dnipro. At the forum, American experts are holding a series of training events for combat and civilian medics
Dnipro — Ukrainian medics and rescuers examined costumes made from special material, shoes, headwear, and masks, the latest protective equipment used around the world.
A company representative made a demo for special medical suits for the participants of the testing. Costumes are light, they don’t restrict movement. They allow working with different dangerous chemical or biological substances for a long time.
“It’s important for them to feel it. Not just listen to rumors, but see it with their own eyes, what it looks like and how it works,” the security company representative Bohdan Mishshenko said.
Participants listened to a Norwegian military medical specialist explained how blood transfusion can be carried out in the field. Attending the training is Denys Surkov the head of an intensive care unit. He said these skills are necessary for Ukrainian medics.
“It’s not at the hospital level. But this could save a lot of lives during the fighting in eastern Ukraine,” Surkov said.
Employees of emergency rescue departments mastered the basics of emergency care, watched on by American specialists.
“Our doctors here are definitely prepared to give emergency care, and this class just further strengthens that and makes it even better,” chief instructor Sean Kivlehan said.
The international medical conference supported by NATO is held in Ukraine for the first time. The Dnipro region was chosen due to its proximity to the combat zone in eastern Ukraine.
“This raises the competence of our doctors to the level of NATO countries. The knowledge, skills, and practice we receive over this period are also valuable for doctors and specialists from NATO countries,” Minister of Health of Ukraine Zoriana Skaletska said.
The forum has been held at the Dnipropetrovsk regional hospital. Over the past 5 and a half years, it helped save the lives of 3 thousand Ukrainian soldiers.