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‘Golden hour’ knowledge helps save lives

James Kon

During the ‘golden hour’ rapid assessment, the recognition of life threatening injuries and the immediate intervention for the injuries, rapid delivery to a trauma capable facility and expedient delivery of definite care will improve the outcome of a severely injured patient.

Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital Head of Emergency Department and Acting Associate Specialist in Emergency Medicine as the Co-Chair of the Major Trauma Life Support Course Dr Nurul Bahriah binti Haji Ali said this during the launch of the Major Trauma Life Support – Training to Save Lives Course at the Concourse Extension Building, Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah (PAPRSB), Institute of Health Science, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).

She said, “During the course, our participants will be introduced to the concept of the golden hour. This is the time period following survival from the initial accident that is time critical.”

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar officiated the ceremony.

Dr Nurul Bahriah added, “Most major traumas in the Sultanate are due to traffic accidents.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar receives a memento from Deputy head of Emergency Department, RIPAS Hospital and Acting Specialist in Trauma and Orthopedics Mohammad Abdul Hafidz Haji Yakob with Head of Emergency Department, RIPAS Hospital and Acting Associate Specialist in Emergency Medicine Dr Nurul Bahriah binti Haji Ali. PHOTO: JAMES KON

However we also see severe injuries due to workplace accidents, explosions and falls from heights. Increasingly, there are news reports of unfortunate fatalities due to accidents which in most cases are avoidable.

“However, what is not seen are the patients who survive the initial accident but are brought to hospital with severe injuries. It is this for them that we strive to change outcome and prognosis.”

The course aims to train healthcare providers on the most effective ways to manage patients with severe trauma injuries and offers a blend of lectures, interactive sessions and practical skills stations. It provides essential training for doctors, nurses and paramedics to provide the best quality of care for severely injured patients.

The course is delivered by professionals working at the Ministry of Health (MoH) who are highly trained in their fields and specialised in trauma care to an international standard.

The course will be conducted by the MoH at least twice a year, and will be available to all doctors, nurses and paramedics involved in the care of severely injured patients.

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