Man­dalay opens ca­dav­eric sur­gi­cal train­ing cen­tre

The Myanmar Times - - News - KYAW KO KO kyawkoko@mm­times.com

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

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