In April 2017, HOP hosted the Intermountain Medical Center, Manmohan Memorial Teaching Hospital, and the Thoracic Society of Nepal’s first annual International Workshop on Rib Fixation Surgery in Kathmandu, Nepal. Six trauma surgeons from the United States presented a series of lectures on surgical techniques for chest trauma, as well as Q&A sessions and hands on training for 23 surgeons from Nepal and the surrounding regions.
Chest trauma is a major cause of death, primarily in road traffic accidents, though it also affects trekkers and climbers. Rib fixation is an underutilized technique that significantly increases survival and reduces long-term pain and disability from chest trauma. The skills and knowledge, as well as surgical hardware, disseminated at this conference will help save numerous lives that previously would have been lost to chest trauma, and will vastly improve recovery time and quality of life for survivors.