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MOH Medical Teams Save the Life of a Citizen with Shrapnel Wounds in the Chest
31 May 2015
Medical support teams at the southern border, thanks to Allah, managed to save the life of a citizen with shrapnel wounds in the chest. The medical teams handled the case in a professional and competent way, applying protocols and standards of emergency and disaster medicine.
The injured, who was suffering from heart-stopping after shrapnel penetrated his heart wall, was received at the emergency section of King Khalid Hospital in Najran and received necessary first aid. His condition required a surgical intervention at the emergency section by opening his heart and sealing up the hole in his heart wall. The operation was completed at the operations room after the patient restored his normal pulse and blood circulation.
The case was followed up by a constellation of doctors, including the Consultant in Emergency and Disaster Medicine at the National Guard Hospital, Dr. Hani Baroom, the Consultant in Emergency and Injuries Medicine at the National Guard Hospital, Dr. Muhammad Azzam, the Consultant in Accidents and Injuries Surgeries at Imam Muhammad bin Saud University, Dr. Jalal Al-Ewaisi, the Consultant in Accidents and Injuries Surgeries at Imam Muhammad bin Saud University, Dr. Arif Al-Rewaili, and the Senior General Surgery Specialist at King Saud Medical City, Dr. Ibrahim Al-Enazi, in addition to a constellation of consultant doctors in surgery and anesthesia, backed by supportive health service teams.
The case was also checked by the Ministry of Health's (MOH) ambulatory teams under the supervision of the Health Field Commander and Specialist in Advanced Medicine and Crisis Management Hamad Al-Harthy. First aid services were administered to the injured at the emergency section.
It is noteworthy that the MOH's facilities in the southern border region have been conducting many simulations to deal with such cases at the times of emergency and crises. Likewise, all emergency sections are on standby around the clock, as they are well-equipped and supported by qualified medical crews, particularly in emergency and ICU fields. The southern regions' hospitals continue the provision of their health services for beneficiaries throughout the day through a number of health programs at hospitals and health care centers, which materialize the concern of the wise leadership about the health sector, and their continuous support for health services, contributing to the provision of health care for citizens and residents.
The MOH has applied a qualitative plan for dealing with emergency cases or crises which may take place anywhere in the Kingdom, and also developed an integrated plan aimed at promoting the health services in the region's hospitals to deal with emergency cases and crises; that is to be added to ensuring readiness of all emergency teams, including provision of qualified medical and technical cadres and medical and logistic equipment such as blood banks and laboratories.
Also, many medical, nursing and ambulatory personnel in various specialties, including general surgery, emergency medicine and ICU, as well as other specialties needed in such cases, have been put on alert as a precautionary measure to handle any emergency, Allah forbids.

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