Brigham and Women's doctors teach traumatic wound care for Ukrainian civilians

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In a video from Brigham and Women's Hospital, a doctor hovers over a medical dummy clad in torn, bloody clothes.

He's going through the motions of finding a wound, applying pressure, packing it, and using a tourniquet to stop the bleeding while a narration in Ukrainian gives verbal instructions on how to keep a person with a traumatic injury from bleeding out before emergency services arrive

The doctor in the video is Dr. Eric Goralnick, an emergency medicine physician with Brigham and Women's. The voice belongs to Dr. Nelya Melnitchouk, a Ukrainian-American oncology surgeon with the hospital.

Dr. Melnitchouk and Dr. Goralnick organized a collaboration between Brigham and Women's and the Stop the Bleed initiative to create materials teaching Ukrainian civilians the basics of this potentially life-saving process as civilian casualties and Russian attacks on medical facilities continue.

We speak with Dr. Melnitchouk and Dr. Goralnick about the creation of the video, and how they hope it will help on the frontlines in Ukraine.

Watch Dr. Melnitchouk and Dr. Goralnick's video: 

This segment aired on March 15, 2022.

Tiziana Dearing Host, Radio Boston
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