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Safer Anaesthesia From Education in Paediartics

Safer Anaesthesia From Education in Paediartics

Starting on :08:00 AM 28 February, 2017 Venue:KMTC
Ending on :05:00 PM 25 February, 2017 Max Credits:30
Moderator:No Activity Moderator Activity Cost: Free Order


This program is in collaboration with the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) and World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesia (WFSA), in line with the society’s mandate to promote safe anaesthesia in Kenya.
In Kenya 42% of the population is under 14 years of age, this constitutes the paediatric age group. It has been estimated that 85% of children will require some sort of surgery before their 15thbirthday. Children require surgery for a range of congenital conditions including surgery for cleft lip and palate, common childhood surgical conditions like hernias and increasingly for traumatic injury resulting from burns or road traffic accidents. Perioperative morbidity and mortality is a contributor to the overall neonatal and child morbidity and mortality. Children present particular challenges to surgeons and anaesthetists, and providing anaesthesia and basic critical care for essential surgery in children requires specific knowledge, skills and training. Application of well-established principles, particularly with respect to perioperative care and postoperative pain control, has the potential to relieve unnecessary suffering in many children. Access to safe surgery is an important component of paediatric healthcare in low-middle income countries and this should be coupled with safe anaesthesia. The number of anaesthesiologists and specifically paediatric anaesthesiologists is far too small to meet this demand. Therefore out of necessity, these children are taken care of by the clinical officers and nurse anaesthetists in most of the peripheral health facilities.
The aim of the SAFE Paediatric Anaesthesia course is to provide refresher training for both physician and non-physician anaesthetists in the essentials of paediatric anaesthesia in resource-limited countries. It is not intended as a comprehensive training course in anaesthesia, but emphasizes basic principles, vigilance and competence in essential skills. There are five brief lectures, with the rest of the course run as modular breakout sessions. The training period is followed by a monitoring and evaluation period of 6 months where the participants are followed up in their work stations during their routine working days and implementation of knowledge and skills acquired during the course are evaluated. Networking among non physician and physician anaesthesia practitioners working in the same county is an important outcome of the SAFE course. This will encourage mentorship and consultation among the practitioners once the go back to their stations. At the end of the training we aim to train at least 80% of the country anaesthesia providers in the first round. For sustainability, the plan is to introduce the SAFE courses into the training colleges.


Refresher training for both physician and non-physician anaesthetists in the essentials of paediatric anaesthesia in resource-limited countries.

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