Ultrasound Course for Palestinian Doctors Held in Israel

Last week, a special ultrasound course was concluded at Soroka Hospital in Be’er Sheva and was attended by Palestinian doctors from Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip. This course was held in order to strengthen regional cooperation and patient care in the region.

In order to better improve the quality of treatment in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, a special ultrasound course was held in Israel in order to train Palestinian doctors from the regions. The course, held in Soroka Hospital in Be’er Sheva, was also an opportunity to strengthen the medical cooperation in the region. The course was also held in the presence of experts from the United States.

The course dealt with the use of ultrasound in cases patients under anesthesia and with unstable circulatory systems. The course was attended by 31 Palestinian doctors from Judea and Samaria and an additional two doctors from the Gaza Strip.


The conference presented an innovative treatment, through which patients who cannot be fully anesthetized, due to complex health problems, are able to receive pain treatment by injection to the painful area by using ultrasound to guide the injection. This injection will be exact, in order to not damage other areas of the body, which due to the patient’s complex health problems, could be fatal.

In addition, local anesthesia reduces the amount of painkillers and narcotics needed to be used during surgeries, and post-op, reduces side effects of the narcotics. For example, heart patients who cannot receive anesthesia, can be treated with the “ultrasound method” which allows for the anesthetic to be injected into the problematic area only.

"These are advanced methods for treating unstable patients or trauma patients that can help save lives immediately," said Dalia Bassa, the Civil Administration's Health Coordinator. "These treatments are important and help to improve the emergency situation of patients suffering from severe trauma."

"The importance of the course is to give the Palestinian doctors new tools so that they can help patients in the field of pain and trauma through new technologies that are constantly developing. We are happy to give over this information to Palestinian doctors” said Bassa.