The surgeon teaching allergists and pediatricians to deal with war casualties in Ukraine
A California based medic has been teaching medical trauma responses to Ukrainians in the war-torn country.
Dr. Michael Baker is a retired surgeon who has twice visited Ukraine since the war began last year, to offer medical training for those dealing with injuries in the conflict.
He is sharing details of his boots-on-the-ground perspective of the conditions in Ukraine following his two visits to the war-torn country to teach Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) to Ukrainian physicians and other medical personnel as well as Stop the Bleed measures to ordinary citizens.
“The ATLS is for physicians and Stop the Bleed is for regular people — librarians, bus drivers, schoolteachers, who wonder what to do if somebody bombs their school or apartment building,” Baker said.
"Most of them were doctors who had never thought about taking care of casualties before," he told KCLU. "We had pediatricians, obstetricians and allergists and they said, 'We have to be able to do this.' "
Dr. Baker said he was motivated to go to Ukraine because he connected with their plight.
"I really strongly feel that an attack on democracy anywhere is an attack on democracies everywhere and we have to stand up for freedom loving people who are being bullied," he told KCLU.
The hour-long presentation takes place on Monday, March 6 at 1 p.m. via Zoom. The free event is presented by CSU Channel Islands’ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and is open to all members of the public.
Interested attendees may register online for free.