It is inspiring to hear back from our benefiters, direct or indirect, from our partners and from the many supporters. As CPHD's founder Dr Bernard recalls, "I received an email from a nurse in Pumwani maternity hospital in Nairobi, saying how much the trainings had made a difference in the way he functioned and how many more lives he has been able to save. The mail was sent at 2 am."
What are some some of our cheer leaders saying about us? Let's hear.
Nurse Anesthesia Training
When I graduated as a nurse anesthetist from Kijabe there was no simulation as part of the training. I can appreciate how students are now getting a better chance to learn. What we learned on the job, they can try out in the classroom through different scenarios.
Nurse Anesthetist, trainer at Kisumu
Simulation training is great when paired with anesthesia training because it Improves student confidence, offers immediate and applicable feedback during the debrief sessions. It also improves knowledge retention and repetition of scenarios serves to help students master the art of practice.
Dr Mudola Manyano
Anesthetist, Program Director of ImPACT Africa (Kisumu)
I come from Kabondo Sub-county Referral Hospital in Homabay County. Emergency cases in Kabondo sub-county are referred to a facility located 70 km away because of lack of anesthetists. We have only one anesthetist who can be called anytime 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have lost babies due to delays on Caesarian section. I look forward to completing my training and go back and work hard towards reducing mother and infant mortality.
Nurse Anesthetist student at Kisumu
One of the critical components of the ImPACT program is the training of a highly skilled workforce that will provide delivery of high quality of care to meet the high demand for surgical and critical care in the region. CPHD plays a central role in implementation of this program in building partnership with Government agencies including the Ministry of Health at national and county level, major referral hospitals in Western Kenya and Kenya Medical Training College (the main trainer of health workers in the country). Working closely with both Kijabe Hospital and Vanderbilt, CPHD has supported KMTC to develop a strong curriculum, recruit competent tutors and enroll the first class of KRNAs to be trained in a public institution in Kenya. CPHD also supports the development of training infrastructure by ensuring that the hospital where the KRNA are trained are equipped with the best anesthesia and critical care equipment that the anesthesia care providers can learn to use in assisting them take better care of patients. The simulation training center will see the integration of this state of the art technology to expand the learning scenarios the students are exposed to while allowing them to safely practice administration of anesthesia in a controlled simulated environment.
Dr Mark W Newton
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University and head of Anesthesiology Department at Kijabe Hospital
Program Director, ImPACT Africa (Kijabe)
The experience at the Kijabe School of Nursing was amazing, well taught lessons with adequate time for practicals. This gave us an opportunity to get proper first-hand experience in administering the anesthesia. The team was very supportive, making the learning environment very conducive. We were able to be part of a team that was saving lives despite the fact that we were students. I used to work at Bondo District Hospital and got to understand the challenges district hospitals face due to lack of anesthesia capacity. The hospital was forced to transfer patients to Kisumu Provincial Hospital even in critical condition. I’m confident to undertake the anesthesia duties wherever I’ll be posted henceforth. I look forward to working in the theater now as opposed to the general wards. I thank the Nurse Anesthesia Program for elevating my career to another level.
Nurse Anesthesia Training graduate, 2015
Primary Trauma Care Training
The primary trauma care course which took place between 9th -13th September 2013 was an eye opener. Its intention to provide basic knowledge and skills necessary to identify and treat traumatized patient who require rapid assessment, resuscitation and stabilization was well done. The course was able to particularly highlight the need for early recognition and timely intervention in specific life-threatening condition. This was very helpful in upgrading on knowledge and confidence on how to be able to rapidly and accurately assess trauma patient as well as resuscitate and stabilize them. This course is important as it helps in the reduction of morbidity and mortality of trauma patients. From this we intend to educate and organize basic primary trauma patient care courses to our fellow colleagues and other health workers. Secondly would like to organize a child-friendly outpatient department where we'll be able to handle pediatrics trauma which usually is ignored.
I was one of the participants at the Primary trauma care course held at Siaya from 9th-13th Sep 2013. By nature of my specialty, I hardly come across trauma patients since they are managed in the surgical unit and I also don’t work in the emergency unit of our hospital. Prior to this training, my experience with trauma patients has been either in the accident scenes when by chance I happen to be one of the early responders or witnesses to the scene or during mass disasters when appeals would be made for anyone who can help to come in and these are not so common near my workplace. Following the training, I now feel confident and know exactly what to do should such scenarios arise. We also looked at the pediatrics component of trauma care during the training and realized that the emergency unit in our hospital is not adequately prepared to handle pediatric patients. I will work with the hospital management to ensure that the required equipment for pediatric patients is availed and that a special emergency tray/cart for pediatric cases is prepared on standby at the emergency area of the OPD at Siaya District Hospital. Thanks again to the team that made this training possible.
The course equipped us with knowledge and skills to manage the trauma patient with minimal resources. I appreciated the emphasis put on the basic ABCs, protocols that we tend to ignore more often than not. The course has enhanced my confidence when handling the severely injured and made my approach more systematic. The interaction with the trainers/instructors was worthwhile and their expertise and experience quite useful. I also appreciated the opportunity to train as an instructor and train a new class. Looking forward to more sessions where this information can be disseminated to more healthcare workers. A very relevant course that any healthcare worker should have an opportunity to undertake.
The training was practical and timely especially now that we are experiencing trauma ranging from domestic, burns, traffic to terrorist attacks. The training equipped me with knowledge and skills necessary to identify, prioritize and manage trauma patients using ABCDE approach. Indeed the skills stations, demonstrations and scenarios emphasized the concept. From the training I intend to: Apply the ABCDE approach in managing trauma patients; Make use of available resources and equipment where applicable eg splints, BP machine ; offer on job training to other staff on trauma management , as well as attend ETAT+GIC as planned.