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.
Please click on the relevant link below to view each report:
- Nairobi Report October 2014
- LPIP REPORT ON MSE COURSE, LUSAKA, ZAMBIA October 2013
- Report on Basic and Intermediate Skills Training Course Nairobi Sep 2013
- Report on the Management of Surgical Emergencies course and preceding Train the Trainers course (Sunday 19 May to Friday 24 May 2013)
- Report on the Management of Surgical Emergencies course and preceding Train the Trainers course (Feb – March 2013)
- Blantyre report. LPIP BBS course. April 2013
- Bolgatanga Report, Jan 2012
- The Management of Surgical Emergencies, Lusaka 2011
- Botswana ISSC report, Jan 2011
- Hawassa ISSC report, Jan 2011
- Blantyre Report, March 2011
- 2011 Bethune Round Table Report
- Medical Training Initiative report – ASGBI’s response to the UK Border Agency’s Consultation Document
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