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Experts discuss burns treatment

Update: April, 04/2013 - 09:33

HA NOI (VNS)— Nearly 500 leading experts from the Asia and Pacific region shared their skills and expertise at the ninth regional Burn Congress in Ha Noi yesterday.

"The congress will be a good change for countries to exchange skills and experience and minimise the gap in the treatment of burns in the region," said Major-General Le Nam, director of the Le Huu Trac Burns Hospital at the opening ceremony.

"The health sector still faces a lot of challenges caring for the victims of burns and preventing infection, especially with the increase of antibiotic resistant bacteria and low effectiveness of traditional medicine for treating burns," added Nam.

At the three-day event, participants will focus on issues relating to first aid for burns victims; rehabilitation and reconstructive surgery; patient care in the first 48 hours; and contamination prevention.

Viet Nam has achieved remarkable results in the treatment of burns by applying advanced techniques.

The hospital provides emergency aid and treatment for thousands of patients each year, and has reduced the fatality rate from burns to 1.5 per cent.

Many patients with burns covering up to 90 per cent of their body area and 55 per cent body depth have been successfully treated at the hospital, it was reported at the event. — VNS


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