The Head of Trauma Surgery at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, Professor Andrew…

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The Head of Trauma Surgery at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, Professor Andrew…

The Head of Trauma Surgery at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, Professor Andrew Nicol, says the Western Cape has become like a war zone due to the number of trauma related cases. The Province’s Health Ministry today briefed the media on the impact of violence and trauma on the public health care system. More than eight-thousand emergency cases over the festive season were due to stabbings, gunshot wounds and accidental injuries. Nicol explains. “We are in a war zone, no doubt in the Western Cape and also other areas of South Africa and the numbers are increasing. Every month were probably seeing about 200 more patients a month than we did five years ago, with the increasing numbers of gunshot wounds as well. And we’ve had to adopt almost like a military style techniques to almost ensure the patient survives. So were doing what’s called damage control surgery, which is a form of abbreviated surgery techniques to try and get the patient to survive, these horrendous injuries that they come in with.”





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5 comments on “The Head of Trauma Surgery at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, Professor Andrew…

  1. This post makes me realize the importance of being armed and being proficient in the handling of your firearm in SA.

  2. Ek moet dit nou net in my eie taal neer pen om sin te maak. Snaaks hoe dat die inligting deurgegee is sodat die mense buite moet besef die IMPAK van die geweld op die dienste wat gelewer word by gesondheids instansies. Hoe dat dit maak dat ons siek mense met bv kanker ens se dienste skade lei agv die baie noodgevalle. Dan gaan staan en kyk al wat ‘n mens is eerder na die legal aspects of illegal aspects vd geweld. Dankie dokter vir die inligting om sodoende mense bewus te maak van vertraagde dienste en reaksies by instansies. Ons mense moet weet hoekom waglyste lank is en wag periodes verewig duur. Stop looking at the tape around the box and try to look inside and outside the box.

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