Crowdfunding an Airway Management Trainer for doctors and nurses in Nepal summer 2019


I am in Bharatpur Nepal teaching critical care skills as before. My partner here is the College of Medical Sciences, a well-established medical college that supplies doctors and nurses who will practice throughout the Terai region. I met with them to discuss the training needs, and the Chief of Anesthesia told me he really wished they had an Airway Management Trainer, because he has many people to train on endotracheal intubation ( putting a breathing tube down the throat of a person). It is not an easy skill to master, and there is a conundrum: how do you learn to do this if you are doing it for the very first time on an actual person?

The answer: You need a simulator! Most medical schools, nursing schools and paramedic programs have these in USA, and the student gets time to go through the micro-techniques as many times as they like with no time pressure, when learning.

This is what an Airway Management Trainer looks like. This one is from the Laerdal company and is considered to be the best.

Okay. These are not cheap, and they are not readily available in Nepal.

I thought about it and decided to start a GoFundMe campaign to help defray the cost of an airway management trainer. Here is the link: https://www.gofundme.com/critical-care-training-equipment-for-nepal

What exactly does it do and how does it help?

Here is a fourteen minute description of the set of skills you can learn using the exact brand of simulator we want to get: https://youtu.be/ZJtFb7lGPic

I think after you see the video, and think about it, you can see why this is an important skill to teach using a simulator!

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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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2 Responses to Crowdfunding an Airway Management Trainer for doctors and nurses in Nepal summer 2019

  1. Nancy Kerr says:

    Joe, have you tried dealing with Laerdal directly? Sometimes they discount for LMIC orders. Nancy

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