doing ICU care in Bharatpur, Nepal – dispelling the myths

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I just finished four days of training the staff of Chitwan Medical College Teaching Hospital in Bharatpur, Nepal. If you include the thirty people from last year, I have now trained about 140 nurses and doctors and medical students in Cardiac Life Support at CMC, the most of any individual hospital in the country.

Bharatpur is a medical nexus for the Terai. People come from long distances to seek medical treatment here. more than fifty per cent of the population of Nepal lives in the Terai.

I think there is a myth or fantasy that somehow, this part of Nepal consists only of thatched roof buildings and that they are only capable of delivering elementary care in a collection of dirt-floor huts made of mud-brick.  If you read the statements of people in Kathmandu, (whom I will not name) they seem to say that nobody outside Kathmandu can possibly know what they are doing.

I have had the opportunity to spend time here, get to know people, watch them in action, and look at their physical plant and equipment.

IN SUMMARY:  they have modern buildings and equipment and they are offering a high standard of critical care services appropriate to the needs of the community. They do know what they are doing, here.

to see up-to-date photos, click here

I decided to take some photos. I love wordpress but this is not the easiest way to post photos, and so I am creating a photo album on the FaceBook page for CCNEPal.






About Joe Niemczura, RN, MS

These blogs, and my books, and videos are written on the principle that any person embarking on something similar to what I do will gain more preparation than I first had, by reading them. I have fifteen years of USA nursing faculty background. Add to it fifteen more devoted to adult critical care. In Nepal, I started teaching critical care skills in 2011. I figure out what they need to know in a Nepali practice setting. Then I teach it in a culturally appropriate way so that the boots-on-the-ground people will use it. One theme of my work has been collective culture and how it manifests itself in anger. Because this was a problem I incorporated elements of "situational awareness" training from the beginning, in 2011.
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