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Ghazi Ashqar

Head of the Clinic for Trauma Surgery, General Orthopedics and Endoprosthetics
Specialist in orthopedics and trauma surgery
Specialist in surgery
Additional qualification in special trauma surgery
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It happens quickly: an accident in traffic, at work, during leisure time sports or at home. A trauma, i.e. an injury, is the result. This fate hits around four million people in Germany every year. Through the professional intermeshing of different specialist disciplines such as accident, neurosurgery, vascular, thoracic and visceral surgery as well as urology and anesthesia, the Rhein-Maas Klinikum has been able to provide such seriously injured people with the best possible medical care around the clock under standardized quality standards for years . The trauma network "EURegio Aachen" ensures the fastest and best possible care for seriously injured people in the area. It is divided into three supraregional (Liège, Maastricht, Aachen), three regional (Würselen, Eschweiler, Düren) and eleven local trauma centers. The Rhein-Maas Clinic has been certified as a regional trauma center by the German Society for Trauma Surgery, making it the largest of its kind in the region.

Trauma centers with their structured emergency system and specialized care offer the best chance of survival for seriously injured people. In these fateful and always life-threatening situations, as a competence center, we ensure medical care around the clock. The Rhein-Maas Klinikum also has particular expertise in geriatric traumatology. The first specialist clinic for geriatrics in the region and one of the largest in the Rhineland specializes in the care of (seriously) injured elderly people in cooperation with the Clinic for Trauma Surgery, General Orthopedics and Endoprosthetics.
The goals of the Aachen Trauma Network are to maintain and improve the comprehensive quality of care for seriously injured people through optimized communication, coordinated standards and cooperation. This also includes increased efficiency through the use of existing resources. Furthermore, by merging to form a certified trauma network, a network system for training and further education is to be created. In short: the patient should be cared for even faster, more effectively and even better in the future. The ADAC air rescue service also plays a role. The Rhein-Maas Klinkum provides the emergency doctors for the helicopter Christoph Europa 1, which can ensure shorter distances to rescue seriously injured patients by using the roof landing area of ​​the new building. The medical-led emergency room enables even better coordination of so-called polytrauma patients (life-threatening and injured in several places). The shock room in the central emergency room has the most modern diagnostic prerequisites with an associated emergency aid unit for cardiological problems, the chest pain unit with 6 places.

The members of the trauma network have voluntarily undertaken to have the quality of the treatment of seriously injured people checked by documenting their treatment cases in the nationwide trauma register ( and by external experts as part of the certification by the German Society for Trauma Surgery.