Czech trauma team to help survivors in Nepal
A 30-member Czech trauma team is ready to be flown out to Kathmandu to join the extensive rescue operation in the wake of Saturday’s devastating earthquake. The team will be deployed upon arrival and is expected to start working within an hour of setting up base.
“Our main job will be to resuscitate and stabilize survivors. We expect to see a lot of fractures and open wounds but, from what I was able to see on the Internet, the dwellings did not fall sideways but collapsed straight down meaning that we are likely to see a lot of serious internal injuries as well. And of course many survivors may have badly infected wounds depending on the length of time before they were rescued and given medical treatment.”
The field hospital will consist of seven large tents –five of which will serve for treating patients with light and moderate injuries. Since hospitals in the region are overcrowded the Czech team wants to have 14 beds where patients can stay for up to two days before a place in hospital can be found for them.
Ten Czechs still remain unaccounted for in the Himalayas and those who are still in the country have been offered the use of a government funded flight to take them back to the Czech Republic.