Challenges and Ethics in Humanitarian Orthopaedic Work


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Steve Mannion, a seasoned orthopaedic surgeon with extensive experience in humanitarian work, joins us to share some of his most challenging cases and ethical dilemmas encountered during his deployments to various regions around the world.

Steve covers critical topics such as the shortage of healthcare providers, pitfalls of equipment donations to low resource settings, and the importance of two-way links between Europe/USA and less developed countries.

Plus, an in-depth discussion on the seven sins of humanitarian medicine, personal security in areas of conflict, and civil unrest. Steve will also share his insights on the use of expired medications, the role of post-operative care and rehabilitation, self-care, and moral injury.

You will hear fascinating case studies, including a crocodile bite in Malawi requiring skin grafting and open fixation, forequarter amputation of a suspected massive sarcoma, escharotomy of burns contractures, and repairing a ‘spaghetti wrist’ in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan.

Steve’s extensive experience in emergency disaster response and capacity building makes him the perfect speaker to learn from. You’ll gain valuable insights into the world of humanitarian medicine and the challenges faced by medical professionals working in resource-limited settings.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the best in the field. This webinar is a must-watch for anyone looking to expand their knowledge and enhance their skills in Humanitarian medicine. Available to purchase on-demand for either a one-off payment of £10.00 or alternatively you can sign up for the World Extreme Medicine Membership to gain access to this webinar and all our other e-learning content.

Intended Learning Outcomes

In this session you will learn:

  • Why there is a critical shortage of health service providers, specifically surgeons.
  • The importance of two way links between Europe/USA and the less developed world.
  • How to avoid the colonial legacy of being ‘white saviors’.
  • The seven sins of humanitarian medicine.
  • Personal Security – working in areas of conflict and civil unrest, risk of road traffic collisions and interpersonal violence.
  • Pitfalls of equipment donations to low resource settings
  • Whether to use expired medications
  • The role of post operative care and rehabilitation
  • Self Care
  • Moral injury

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