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Rambam Delegation Attends Trauma Conference and Participate in Simulation Exercises in Abu Dhabi

Publication Date: 12/1/2022 3:00 PM

A delegation led by Professor Michael Halberthal, General Director of Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, Israel, returned this week from a three-day, in-depth conference in Abu Dhabi that addressed trauma and mass casualty events. The conference culminated in the signing of an agreement between Rambam and the Emiratis.

Conference participants in Abu Dhabi   
Photography: Rambam HCC
Conference participants in Abu Dhabi Photography: Rambam HCC

The Rambam Health Care Campus (Rambam HCC) delegation was led by Professor Halberthal. Mrs. Gila Hyams, Director of Nursing and Director, The Teaching Center for Trauma, Emergency and Mass Casualty Situations and Trauma Coordinator of the Trauma Unit and Dr. Hani Bahouth, Director, Acute care surgery, Director, Trauma and Emergency Center, Medical Director, Teaching Center for Trauma, Emergency & MCS, also participated.

Over three days, the Rambam HCC delegation met with major players in the Emirati health system. They immersed themselves in intensive discussions on ways to improve the preparedness and management of the Emirati health system. Training sessions, workshops, and a wide range of emergency preparedness exercises took place. Trauma and emergency medical practitioners from around the world met with the Rambam delegation. At the conclusion of the conference, an agreement of cooperation was signed between Rambam HCC and Emirati authorities who will collaborate on establishing an institute for emergency preparedness studies.

Conference participants in Abu Dhabi
Photography: Rambam HCC

Conference organizers stated that the conference was an opportunity to share information, examine existing practices and latest trends in emergency medicine, create and strengthen relationships, and deepen the clinical collaborations between the countries.

Hyams commented: "There is no greater happiness and satisfaction than sharing knowledge that will ultimately lead to saving lives, and that kindles true friendship between countries."

Professor Halberthal concluded: "Rambam has the largest trauma center in Israel. Sharing our accumulated knowledge with other health systems is central to our hospital culture. We were happy to acquire partners who share our commitment to improving health systems' emergency preparedness. The high-quality team in Abu Dhabi is professional and dedicated to this enterprise. Personnel from the Emirati Ministry of Health and Israel's ambassador to the UAE, Mr. Amir Hayek, were present during the simulated mass casualty exercise."

Click below to view a summary of the event.