Abu Dhabi: Dr. Saleh Saif Fares Al Ali, a consultant in Emergency, Prehospital Care and Disaster Medicine at Zayed Military Hospital Emergency Department, collaborated on two "world-class" medical textbooks with doctors from the United States of America and Canada.

The first book titled Five Minutes Emergency Medicine Consults was supervised by an elite group of professors from American leading universities such as Harvard, Colorado and Emory, with input from a number of other officials from American Emergency Medicine field.

This textbook, one of the most important references in the field of Emergency Medicine worldwide, consists of 1200 pages, and is divided into 26 sections.

Dr Saleh co-authored the chapter on "Abdominal Pain" where he elaborates on the various causes, prevailing symptoms of critical cases and treatment in a timely manner. In addition, the chapter highlights the latest important research as well as how to manage various age groups such as children and the elderly.

In the remaining chapters, the authors of the textbook address other important emergency topics such as trauma, toxicology, heart conditions, gastrointestinal, thoracic, neurological, immune and mental illnesses.

Dr. Saleh also participated in authoring the first Canadian textbook in Prehospital Care, "Nancy Caroline's Emergency ... Care in the Streets" which deals with emergency cases and pre-hospital care. The textbook consists of 51 chapters with more than 2000 pages. A large number of elite emergency and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) physicians in Canada participated in authoring the textbook, in an initiative from the University of Toronto, Canada. This comprehensive textbook presents emergency cases which paramedics may encounter guiding them on how to deal with cases before they reach the hospital to prevent complications.

In his chapter, Dr. Saleh reviewed the topic of "Crime Scene Awareness" which deals with how the paramedics work within the crime scene in terms of preservation of evidence and ways to deal with gangs and dangerous areas; such as narcotics and kidnapping cases, self-defence and personal protection for medical staff and paramedics. It describes how the paramedics behave at the scene of crime without interfering with the functions of other authorities such as the police, CID, the Civil Defence and other competent bodies. Other chapters explain how to examine patients, evaluate injuries, treatment of various ages, how paramedics should deal with hazardous materials, as well as a detailed explanation of many required main skills.

Dr. Saleh graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2000, and in 2007 he became a member of the Canadian and American Board of Emergency Medicine from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, as the first Emirati doctor who specialized in this new field.

He also holds a fellowship in pre-hospital care from University of Toronto in 2008.

In 2009, the Disaster Medicine Section at Harvard Medical School, USA University of Harvard in Boston, USA, granted Dr Saleh a fellowship in Disaster Medicine as the first graduate in this new area from this prestigious university and the first Emirati doctor to be awarded this degree. In May this year, he received his Masters of Public Health Management from Johns Hopkins University and currently work as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Prehospital Care and Disaster Medicine at Zayed Military Hospital in Abu Dhabi.