Mandalay opens cadaveric surgical training centre
A NEW embalming method will help in the training of local surgeons, who will now not need to go abroad to study. With government sponsorship and contributions from private donors, the University of Medicine in Mandalay on August 29 opened its cadaveric surgical training centre.
The university will be the first institution in the country to use the new method of saturated salt solution to preserve cadavers. The practice supersedes earlier methods that could not prevent the body from hardening, and keeps the body supple, said anatomy department head Dr La Ban Khun.
She said the aim was to support advanced surgical courses for postgraduates and to share the new embalming method with other medical institutions.
“We’ve been trying to set up a surgical training centre since 2013. Myanmar still needs many skilled surgeons, so we’ve established this centre to train them locally. This cadaveric surgical training centre will use new the embalming method that will help replicate the condition of a live human body,” she said.
“In the past, medical students had to go abroad to acquire knowledge of this surgical practice. Now a laboratory has been set up and has already prepared embalmed bodies. We will invite surgeons from overseas to give lessons.”
The saturated salt solution method has been used in the West since 1992 and in Japan since 1998.
The cadaveric surgical training centre in Mandalay consists of 24 rooms which can store up to 100 embalmed dead bodies.
“The saturated salt solution is suitable for schools in our country. The old method caused dead bodies to darken and harden. With the new method, the bodies feel alive, and students can even find a vein,” she said. Mandalay University of Medicine
“But we need more body donations. We must receive the body within 24 hours of death. In the past, we used to accept cadavers during office hours only, and there were not enough. We have discussed with civil society groups the possibility of accepting bodies at any time,” she said.
The government provided more than K63 million for the establishment of the centre, and laboratory equipment was provided by private contributions. Surgeons from overseas will begin conducting training courses from October 23.
– Translation by Zar Zar Soe
‘In the past, medical students had to go abroad to acquire knowledge of this surgical practice.’
Dr La Ban Khun