Trauma reception and resuscitation in Sri Lanka: The Health for the South Capacity-Building project: International Emergency Medicine

Gerard O'Reilly, Mark Fitzgerald, Pilane L. Ariyananda, Krishantha Jayasekera, Sue Williams, Sally Charlton, Simon Young, Nicholas Santeloudi, Kylie Wilson, Jeremy Stevens

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In response to the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, the Health for the South project, Capacity-Building programme was implemented in Galle, Sri Lanka. The objectives of the Capacity-Building programme were to develop the emergency and trauma service capability at Teaching Hospital Karapitiya in Galle. Over 15 months, ED clinicians, from the Alfred Hospital and Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, provided training in the Emergency Treatment Unit of the main referral hospital for the south of Sri Lanka. This programme, completed in June 2008, significantly improved the hospital's ability to conduct trauma resuscitation, and to attain an increased level of disaster preparedness. In addition, valuable lessons were noted that will guide future initiatives in trauma care training in similar contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-152
Number of pages6
JournalEmergency Medicine Australasia
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Developing country
  • Disaster
  • Emergency medicine
  • Sri Lanka
  • Trauma resuscitation

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