Training for female medics from Ukraine under the patronage of First Lady

The Instructors from the Polish Medical Air Rescue and the Department of Emergency Medicine MUW are training Ukrainian female doctors, paramedics and nurses. The course, held in Poland, is being attended by 90 women. The training was held under the patronage of Agata Kornhauser-Duda.

The trainings concern the provision of advanced medical assistance to patients in immediate medical danger. They are intended for Ukrainian female doctors, paramedics and nurses, emergency medical units that work daily in zones of armed operations.  And also to those female medics who transport the most seriously injured patients from the war zone to safer medical centers in western Ukraine.

What is in the program

The trainings are held in three rounds of 30 people each and on three different dates. The first round began classes on September 11. The program of the 50-hour course involves the implementation of emergency medicine issues and elements related to conduct on the battlefield and/or in situations of imminent terrorist threat (TCCC - Tactical Combat Casualty Care). 
The main idea of the training is to familiarize civilian female doctors and paramedics from Ukraine with the principles of behavior in case of an immediate threat. This includes such situations as shelling, bombing, and "active shooter," for example. The goal of the training is also for the participants to gain practical skills in dressing the injured as a result of shelling, bomb explosions or traffic accidents. The trainings are primarily practical, in part simulating real events using clinical and environmental simulation.

Workshop with a psychotherapist

The work of Ukrainian medical personnel is associated with high levels of stress. A state of imminent danger, many victims with drastic injuries - all this increases the risk of  post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) reactions. Taking these issues into account, an additional component of the course is a workshop with a psychologist/psychotherapist who provides training and equips participants with tools for self-therapy for this type of disorder.

Visit of the wife of the President of the Republic of Poland

On September 13 this year, the workshop participants were visited by the wife of the President of the Republic of Poland Agata Kornhauser-Duda. The training project is being carried out under her patronage. The First Lady observed what the workshops on methods of evacuation from under fire, the use of tourniquets and protocol for dealing with trauma victims consisted of. There was also plenty of opportunity for conversation. Participants of the course shared their opinions on the training with the First Lady, while emphasizing the need for further learning. They also spoke about difficult war experiences, the realities of life and work, and their loved ones.

The meeting was also attended by Prof. Robert Gałązkowski - Director of the Polish Medical Air Rescue and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences MUW, and Prof. Mariusz Gujski - Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences MUW.