It was good.
Original goal for summer 2016 was to teach as many sessions as possible, focus on areas of Nepal outside of Kathmandu Valley, while yet minimizing bus travel.
Each session is two or three days in length, and consists of a variety of short lectures and discussion punctuated by “megacode” – simulated critical situations requiring a team response and return demonstration of specific scenarios. Here is an example of how the group breaks into “megacode” activities:
(above video shows how the class divides into five groups for practice of scenarios)
At each location, I was humbled by the hospitality, support and enthusiasm of my hosts and the students.
The means of deciding where to go was the same as in in past years. I announce my dates of availability on FaceBook and people contact me. I see what can fit the schedule. I email individual places that were on the waitlist of previous years to remind them I’m coming back. And it happens. It was amazing to see that based on word-of-mouth, I could refill the schedule at a moment’s notice when something changed. Every session but one was full – (there was one session for just five MBBS students in Biratnagar that fell on Eid).
Please note: If I return in 2017 I will again use FaceBook to announce the dates.
The list of venues was:
Paschimanchal Community Hospital
Charak Community Hospital
College of Medical Sciences
Pushpanjali Community Hospital
Janaki Medical College Teaching Hospital ((JMCTH)
Janaki Health Care Center and Research Center (JHCRC)
Here is a BBC documentary from a few years back that portrays a fascinating view of life in this region of Nepal.
JHCRC was my host in Janakpur. They were at 100% occupancy while I was there.
Nobel Medical College Teaching Hospital
Nobel has committed to the use on education, investing in equipment and a training hall.
Chitwan Medical College
Bir Hospital School of Nursing,
Norvic International Hospital, and
Nepal Burn and Cleft Palate Center in Kirtipur
Total number of certificates awarded:
715 – including nurses, MBBS, Medical Officers, Health Assistants, and Nursing students.
Number of sessions:
24. Most weeks I worked six days per week.
six. Instead of staying in Kathmandu and going out-and-back, out-and-back, I did a circuit.The longest was from Biratnagar to Bharatpur.
from previous years, 2170 participants in 70 sessions.
2170 + 715 = 2,885 participants.
70 = 24 = 94 sessions
The fundamental challenge of acute care in Nepal right now is that the hospitals are installing critical care units but the nurses and junior doctors are not trained to conduct their activities at the skill level required.
Nurses do not read ecg. Nurses have a superficial knowledge of equipment such as bag-Valve-Mask devices or ventilators. The primary system of nursing education teaches “Functional Nursing” which is the antithesis of the critical thinking required to assess and evaluate nursing care to a critically ill person.
Junior doctors, likewise, are not given any kind of formal ecg class, nor do they do BLS or ACLS training. During the internship year they may be conducting the team response to a cardiac arrest but have never been trained as to the protocols in any practical way.
Overall cultural factors tend to work against interdisciplinary collaboration due to the perceived role of women.
This continues to be a gap in health professions education in Nepal. The overall education system is theory-based and there is no transition to the practical-based focus exemplified by BLS, ACLS and the like.
CCNEPal will continue to advocate for inclusion of BLS and ACLS-type training in undergraduate nursing schools, including PCL programs.
CCNEPal will endeavor when possible, to introduce these methods to faculty as well as critical practitioners.
CCNEPal will identify leaders who can teach this themselves.
CCNEPal will introduce the teaching methods and skills to as many medical colleges in Nepal as possible, and advocate for course placement in 4th year of MBBS or at start of Internship year after MBBS.
CCNEPal will continue to share information about Nepal with medical and nursing schools in the west as well as with individual persons wishing to collaborate with Nepali health care organizations.