According to WHO, accidents are one of the leading causes of death and disability worldwide. Heart disease and stroke are further major causes with over 15 millions deaths per year. The majority of these patients present as emergencies. Rapid treatment increases their chances of survival.
Delivery of accident and emergency (AE) healthcare is especially difficult in low and mid-income countries with very limited access to diagnostic imaging. Radiology investigations are often absent or of insufficient quality and incorrect diagnosis is common, due to lack of staff training in the interpretation of X-rays.
To address this knowledge gap in the interpretation and delivery of trauma and emergency imaging, two educational modules have been designed and delivered in India in 2017 by WWR co-founder Dr Jo Brown and colleagues, in collaboration with local stakeholders and WHO India. WWR aims to further develop these programs for wider delivery. Programs are tailored to local requirements and take into consideration the availability of radiological equipment, level of medical care and structure of trauma and emergency services.
The first module consists of basic X-ray interpretation training for AE specialists, general physicians and allied Healthcare professionals.
The goal - To provide essential knowledge of locally appropriate trauma and emergency radiology, in the absence of immediate specialist radiologist support.
The second program focuses on training in trauma and emergency imaging for Radiologists and Radiology trainees: "Training the trainers"
The goal - To develop in-depth knowledge of trauma and emergency radiology, enabling the next generation of local, in-country trainers.
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