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Medics get skills in Cardiac arrest management

By Violet Nabatanzi, Juliet Waiswa

Added 23rd January 2020 07:56 PM

Resuscitation is the act of bringing someone or something back to life or waking them.

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Health experts demostrating how resuscitation is carried out during training at College of Health Sciences. PHOTOS: Violet Nabatanzi

Resuscitation is the act of bringing someone or something back to life or waking them.

Over 100 health professionals have acquired skills on how to manage cardiac arrest through resuscitation.

Resuscitation is the act of bringing someone or something back to life or waking them.

Health experts said since there has not been any specialised training for doctors and nurses, patients tend to collapse and die either in ambulances or when they arrive at the hospital.

Dr. Peter Kavuma, the project manager emergency medicine at European Resuscitation Council explained that at the moment there is no specialised training in life support adding that different doctors have been resuscitating in their own way, something which he said has been risky.

Kavuma said there is a need for everybody to know that once a person collapses, what you can do before you get to the hospital, how you can sustain that person.

He elaborated that the health experts have trained in order to have clinicians and health workers on how to support cardiac arrest patients.

 (L-R ) Emergency medicine resident Makerere University European Resuscitation Council instructor Dr. Mugisha interacting with the project manager emergency medicine Resident European Resuscitation Council facilitator Dr. Kavuma and chairman Arbeitsgemeinschaft Notfallmedizin Fürth e.V. and course director Klaus Meyer after the launch of the training programme 

Kavuma revealed that daily at the Kiruddu Hospital, they receive two to three patients who need resuscitation.

The goal of the project funded by the Hospital Partnerships Initiative, was to establish a group of European Resuscitation Council (ERC) instructors in Uganda, put hundreds of participants through Advanced Life Support (ALS) training and work towards the creation of a national resuscitation council.

Dr. Doreen Okong Mugisha, the emergency medicine resident Makerere University, ERC instructor, explained that as a practicing medical officer they often get cases of people who need to be resuscitated.

“It is important to have this kind of training since initially we have not been having this kind of specialized training, but with this training, we shall be able to handle patients,” Okong explained

Klaus Meyer chairman GNF course director revealed that the type of skills they have given the health workers can be applicable to other international facilities.

Meyer said that the project to expand there was a need for more funds to train health workers.

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