Foreign shot in arm for HRA

KATHMANDU: The International Commission for Mountain Emergency Medicine (ICAR MEDCOM) consisting of nine mountain rescue doctors from Europe and the USA led by Dr Hermann Brugger from Bruneck in South Tryol, Dr Fidel Elsenohn from Rothis in Austria and Dr John Ellerton from Pennrith in England will travel to Kathmandu.

It will on enquiry of the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) conduct the first international Mountain Emergency Medicine Course. The specialty course 2009 Mountain Emergency Medicine will be organised from May 24 to 28.

According to HRA, the course participants will have eight Nepali doctors and 22 Sherpas, who are participating in trekking expeditions as well as in rescue missions of HRA in Nepal. The mountain emergency course is the first of its kind and can be considered as a starting signal for improvement of rescue medical training and equipment in the highest mountains of the world. The theoretical part of this rescue medical training will take place in the main building of HRA in Kathmandu.