Report from Chair of the International Development Committee

Report from Judy Mewburn, Chair of the International Development Committee, on the Foundation’s Anastomosis Workshop, September 2015 in Harare.

This course was a first!  Although the Cambridge Anastomosis workshops have been run by Clive Quick for thirty years, nurses have never been included in the course.  The idea was to train the nurses to work as first assistants to the surgeons whilst they were performing anastomosis of bowel, ureter and arteries.  There was a combination of hands-on training to include suturing of all types, as well as infection control, theatre technique and safety precautions when working in theatres.

We had twelve nurses attending, most of whom were quite senior and some had done some suturing before.  Six were from Harare Hospital, seven from Panrenyatiwa hospital and one from Chitumgwiza.  All of the nurses and surgeons seemed to be very friendly together and all worked well as a team.  This was a first for Africa and, therefore, very satisfying for the IDC.

All the nurses felt that they had really learned new skills and felt confident to assist the surgeon to suture and remove artery forceps.  The nurses were really keen to perfect their skills and had a greater understanding of anastomotic techniques.  All the sutures used were kindly donated by Ethicon, and the IDC would like to record our thanks to them.



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