January 22, 2015

UMANA Foundation announces support for trauma manikins project


CHICAGO – Unrest and conflict in Ukraine have resulted in severe traumatic injuries, presenting an urgent challenge to the best medical staffs. The UMANA Foundation – a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization that is the scientific and educational arm of the Ukrainian Medical Association of North America – has announced that proceeds from the UMANA Illinois debutante ball (February 14 in Chicago) will support the purchase of hi-tech trauma simulator manikins.

Recently, the U.S. affiliate of the World Federation of Ukrainian Medical Associations (WFUMA) facilitated the training of 40 physicians from Ukraine in various advanced life-support techniques. These physicians have returned, and will teach Advanced Trauma Life Support as instructors in Ukraine.

Hands-on manikins optimize this learning process. Trauma simulator manikins allow physicians to perform procedures, manage complications and decide the best course of action in a given situation. The UMANIKIN Project will allow the UMANA Foundation to fund these educational tools that will be used by many healthcare professionals in the future.

Donations can be made online at http://razoo.com/story/Umana-Foundation-Umanikins-Project.  The fund-raising goal for the project is $20,000.