International Medical Corps Training Manual: Unit 12: Ophthalmology

International Medical Corps Training Manual: Unit 12: Ophthalmology


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UNIT TWELVE: Ophthalmology
An overview of the physiology, anatomy, complaints, diagnosis, and treatment of both disorders and diseases of the eye.

This Manual provides a resource for the training of field medics and community health workers who serve in under-resourced areas during conflicts or disasters. It targets those with a basic educational background and little or no prior medical education and, in conjunction with an intensive 4-8 week training program, will allow medics to diagnose and treat the most common 90% of illnesses and traumas. Based on a "Systems" approach (rather than symptom or specific disease orientation), the Manual covers basic anatomy and physiology and then focuses on the symptoms, physical findings, natural history, and differential diagnoses of the illnesses and injuries most likely to be encountered by health workers in the field. Treatment protocols are outlined, using those medications and materials likely to be found in under-resourced environments, including the generic medications of the WHO Essential Drugs List.
The purpose is to train field health workers quickly and give them the skills to treat the majority of wounded and ill in situations when whatever previous health care system there may have been is overwhelmed. Developing capacity and self-reliance by training persons from affected areas empowers individuals and communities - even those displaced from their homes - to regain control of their lives and destinies. This is the foundation of emergency humanitarian assistance.
This Manual is also meant to be carried into the field as a ready reference for field health workers including trauma medics and community health workers as well as more highly trained medical personnel who may happen to find themselves practicing out of their areas of expertise. This could include national and international physicians, paraprofessionals, and nurses responding to a humanitarian emergency. This Manual does not intend to supersede local or national healthcare systems or protocols, but to provide an adjunct in an emergency when, as often happens, the perfect may be the enemy of the good.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944812300
Publisher: Harbor Electronic Publishing
Publication date: 01/01/2018
Series: International Medical Corps Training Manual , #12
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Dr. Robert Simon founded International Medical Corps in 1984 in response to the need for medical services and training inside war-torn Afghanistan. A renowned expert in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Simon is the author of numerous textbooks on orthopedic emergencies and surgical procedures, which are used as standards in Emergency Medicine throughout the United States. Dr. Simon is a professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Rush University, Stroger-Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. He is also former Bureau Chief of the Cook County Bureau of Health Services. He serves as Chairman of the Board of International Medical Corps.

Dr. Henry Hood is among the earliest International Medical Corps volunteers. An orthopedic surgeon in Lancaster, Ohio, Dr. Hood joined in 1985 to fulfill the organization's mission in the war in Afghanistan and in the refugee camps of Pakistan. In response to the need in Afghanistan, Dr. Hood solved a major medical problem of resource-poor environments, designing a traction system made out of wooden poles and rope that could be duplicated anywhere in the world. He has also volunteered in Somalia, Indonesia, and Haiti, among others. Dr. Hood has served as the Associate Board Chair of International Medical Corps since 1988.

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