• Safer Anaesthesia From Education in Obstetrics

    The Safer Anaesthesia From Education (SAFE) Obstetric Course is a 3- day facilitated program developed by WFSA and AAGBI for the developing countries to improve the care provided obstetric patients. It is an intensive course for anaesthetists addressing key contributors to maternal morbidity and mort ality and incorporates clinical demonstration skill stations. It has been su ccessfully carried out in Uganda, Rwanda and Zambia with a notable improveme nt in patient care. The key subjects matter shall be covered in SAFE obstetr ic anaesthesia course. This comprises: 1. Principles of general anaesthe sia in obstetric anaesthesia 2. Regional anaesthesia 3. Obstetric cr itical care 4. Maternal and new born resuscitation 5. WHO safe surge ry checklist In support of government’s efforts in improving acces sibility, The Kenya Society of Anaesthesiologists (KSA) is committed to impr ove the quality of care received by these mothers through championing for sa fe anesthesia practise to reduce morbidity and mortality. This will be achie ved by: 1. Facilitating continuous professional development with the rol e of emergency care in the immediate peri-partum period being a key area of interest in an effort to improve obstetric care and reducing MMR. The S.A.F. E Obs anesthesia course will refresh the anaesthetist knowledge and equip th em with the skills required to handle the emergency obstetric patient. 2 . Provision of a Safe obstetric kit. This kit will comprise of instruments t hat will enable the anaesthetist to handle any emergency threatening the air way or cardiovascular system in most circumstances. It includes; Adult and n eonatal BMV kits, bougie, automatic BP machine, LMA, PA infusion bag and pul se oximeter. In Kenya, the SAFE Obstetric course, was rolled out nationa lly and targets at least 80% of both physician and non-physician anaesthetis ts in all health facilities in which operative services are offered. The tra ining began in February 2016, in Nairobi and has also been carried out in El doret, Isiolo, Mombasa and Nakuru; with the first round of monitoring and ev aluation already conducted. This was to ensure learning is continually occur ring and objectives are being met on the ground; essential aspects in the pr ovision of safe anaesthesia in marginalized areas with limited resources.

    Credits:10.00 Expires:22 February, 2017

  • Safer Anaesthesia From Education in Paediartics

    This program is in collaboration with the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) and World Federation of Societies of Anae sthesia (WFSA), in line with the society’s mandate to promote safe ana esthesia in Kenya.   In Kenya 42% of the population is under 14 years of age, this constitutes the paediatric age group. It has been estima ted that 85% of children will require some sort of surgery before their 15th birthday. Children require surgery for a range of congenital conditions incl uding 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 contribut or to the overall neonatal and child morbidity and mortality. Children prese nt particular challenges to surgeons and anaesthetists, and providing anaest hesia and basic critical care for essential surgery in children requires spe cific knowledge, skills and training. Application of well-established princi ples, particularly with respect to perioperative care and postoperative pain control, has the potential to relieve unnecessary suffering in many childre n. Access to safe surgery is an important component of paediatric healthcare in low-middle income countries and this should be coupled with safe anaesth esia. The number of anaesthesiologists and specifically paediatric anaesthes iologists is far too small to meet this demand. Therefore out of necessity, these children are taken care of by the clinical officers and nurse anaesthe tists 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 paediat ric anaesthesia in resource-limited countries. It is not intended as a compr ehensive training course in anaesthesia, but emphasizes basic principles, vi gilance and competence in essential skills. There are five brief lectures, w ith the rest of the course run as modular breakout sessions. The training pe riod is followed by a monitoring and evaluation period of 6 months where the participants are followed up in their work stations during their routine wo rking days and implementation of knowledge and skills acquired during the co urse are evaluated. Networking among non physician and physician anaesthesia practitioners working in the same county is an important outcome of the SAF E course. This will encourage mentorship and consultation among the practiti oners 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 roun d. For sustainability, the plan is to introduce the SAFE courses into the tr aining colleges.

    Credits:10.00 Expires:25 February, 2017