Emergency medicine in africa

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Emergency medicine in africa

  1. 1. Emergency Medicine inAfrica The Conditions And Realities In Africa
  2. 2. oDeveloping countries have EMS systems thatare undeveloped or poor, higher mortality fromtrauma and other emergencies
  3. 3. StatisticsoTrauma is the second-leading cause of death forages 5-45 worldwide with every day 300,000 peoplebeing severely injured and 10,000 of those dying.oRTI deaths projected to increase globally by 65percent by 2020oIn 2005, 90% of all trauma deaths occurred in lowor middle income countriesoOver 2 million people worldwide do not have accessto essential medical care
  4. 4. Existing HospitalsoShortage in staff • Not very many in emergency medicineoLimited facilitiesoShortage of suppliesoFew ambulances • Poor roads, long distances, lack of vehicles
  5. 5. TransportationoTransit used for EMS include motorboats,canoes, bicycles with trailers, tricycles withplatforms, tractors, reconditioned vehicles, andox cartsoMore cost-effective
  6. 6. Current EMSoEM is still a new specialtyoMany health professionals are not qualified incritical careoFacilities are overwhelmed by emergencies
  7. 7. TriageoSee patients on a ‘first-come-first served’ basis • Causes avoidable deaths and disabilities
  8. 8. First AidoOnly 16% received care on crash site in KenyaoOut of those, 74% were from the public
  9. 9. This needs to change!Read more: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B64AbNvfRbIcQmd5dnhyaFN0Zzg

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