Professor Ph.D. Nithi Mahanon, Secretary of Chulabhorn Royal Academy and President of PCCMS, Assoc.Prof.Dr.Tassana Boonthong, President of the Faculty of Nursing, PCCMS, President of the research project, and researcher team “Research for development of ER by sea” including Assoc.Prof.Dr.Vilaiwan Thongcharoen, Vice President of the Faculty of Nursing and research project manager, Prof.Mattika Jaichan, Professor of Faculty of Nursing, Head of the project, Prof. Dr. Padoongsak Rattanadecho, President of Thammasat’s Center of Excellence, Head of Thai Society of Mechanical Engineers, Consultant of Chulabhorn Royal Academy and Head of the sub-project, Mr.Wasit Watthanasap, Head of Operation and Technical Support, Advanced Info Service Public Co.,Ltd. (AIS) join a press conference.
Faculty of Nursing, HRH Princess Chulabhorn College of Medical Science, is a higher education institution, which has the main objective to provide education, create graduates, create research work and innovation. The main objective of providing knowledge and maintaining culture is similar to other institutions. In another point, Faculty of Nursing focuses on research work and innovation. Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn wants to build graduates from PCCMS to have research potential. Faculty of Nursing will see the importance of research and innovation to develop quality and high standard medical services for citizens.
The creation of “Research for development of ER by sea” project is when the Faculty of Nursing received information from nurses from remote areas. When people live in a remote area and get sick, it is hard for them to go to the hospital and get treated by high technology medical facilities, for instance, the area behind Bhumibol Dam, Ban na, Tak, and area in Samngao district. Faculty of Nursing assigned Prof.Mattika Jaichan, Professor of Community Health Nursing, to go and observe the area with professional nurses in health promoting hospital, officials at Mae Tuen Wildlife Sanctuary, minor district chief, village headman, representatives from Utokapat Foundation under Royal Patronage of H.M. the King, and the Royal Thai Army 310. It was reported that there are 35,000 people living in the area behind the dam. The area does not have a good telecommunication signal. In addition, 2,051 people has no signal and a proper emergency system. When people get sick, it is troublesome to send them to hospital. When people get sick, nurses in health promoting hospital have to consult with doctors in resource center. It is a slow process and people have to risk their lives. The only way to send patients to hospital is water transportation because the area does not have land transportation. Using local boat takes 1 to 5 hours according to boat power. Most boats are long tail boats which are not appropriate for transporting patients and medical treatment such as CPR. Therefore, we agree that what people need in an emergency situation is communication system and effective transportation by boat. Due to the strong relationship with Prof.Mattika Jaichan, people in the community are willing to support and encourage the project. As a result, Prof.Mattika Jaichan took director and specialized engineers from Advanced Info Service Public Co.,Ltd. (AIS) to the area. They evaluate the possibility to install telecommunication infrastructure in the area. It will be an important starting point for emergency service in the area behind Bhumibol Dam.
In terms of the transportation, Prof. Dr. Padoongsak Rattanadecho, President of Thammasat’s Center of Excellence, Head of Thai Society of Mechanical Engineers, Consultant of Chulabhorn Royal Academy assisted Faculty of Nursing. He is a Head of the sub-project in developing emergency boats that can transport patients to hospital and do basic emergency care. The outstanding point of this project is collaboration between researchers and specialists, including professional nurses, engineers, doctors, army, local sanctuary officer, local chief, hydrograph expert, Telecommunication Company and people in the area. It leads to the benefits of people in remote areas and the development of sustainable health services for citizens.
Prof.Ph.D.Nithi Mahanon, Secretary of Chulabhorn Royal Academy and President of PCCMS, and Assoc.Prof.Dr.Tassana Boonthong, President of the Faculty of Nursing, PCCMS, notice the importance of this project and are pleased to support the project. This project will be the example of emergency patient transport by boat which can be applied to other areas in the country. It reflects Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn’s will which is “Be Excellent for Lives”.