KFOR medics help to open airways in Kosovo
Local medical professionals and students joined United States medical personnel from Multinational Battle Group East, KFOR, for a Grand Rounds event Jan. 31 at the hospital in Ferizaj/Urosevic. The medical community was invited to participate in a discussion and hands-on demonstration of intubation.

FERIZAJ/UROSEVIC, Kosovo – Local medical professionals and students joined United States medical personnel from Multinational Battle Group East, KFOR, for a Grand Rounds event Jan. 31 at the hospital in Ferizaj/Urosevic. The medical community was invited to participate in a discussion and hands-on demonstration of intubation.

Intubation is the process in which a tube is inserted into a patient’s airway to assist in maintaining stable breathing and lung ventilation when a patient is not capable of doing it himself.

Maj. Nadim Islam, Houston, Texas, emergency physician, Task Force Medical Falcon, MNBG E, gave a lecture during the event on the different techniques of intubation.

“The purpose of intubation is to protect the airway when a patient can’t because of clinical problems,” said Islam, who previously served in Kosovo in 1999 with the nongovernment organization Doctors World Wide.

Islam also spoke about the different types of medications used to prepare a patient for intubation, as well as medications used during the intubation process and after completion.

Islam also spoke about the many different methods used in intubation.

After the lecture the attendees were able to participate in a practical exercise, with the aid of two additional KFOR instructors and two first aid dummies.

“This type of training helps with the little things, the nuances people miss by just watching instructors. The hands-on training will help a lot,” said Capt. John Gasko, San Antonio, Texas, chief anesthesiologist, Task Force Medical Falcon, MNBG E. Gasko has been teaching proper intubation techniques since 2004.

One method of intubation uses a glidoscope which carries a small camera to help in identifying where to place an endotracheal tube to assist in the ventilation of the lungs, said Islam.

This method was performed on one of the medical dummies as part of the practical exercise.

This is the second Grand Rounds that focused on intubation within the past month. A similar event was held earlier in January at the University of Pristina for their emergency medical staff and students, said Islam.

“I think this training will help them build cooperation between Camp Bondsteel and our closest city,” said Islam.

External Grand Rounds are done periodically throughout Kosovo to help aid local medical professionals.

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