REGIONAL NERVE BLOCK TRAINING AT KATH WITH HOSPITAL FOR SPECIAL SURGERY, NEW YORK, USA

Pain is one of the main reasons patients seek medical assistance. Acute pain associated with trauma, surgery and diagnostic procedures is prevalent in many hospitals.

It’s in this light KATH and Hospital for Special Surgery HSS, NY USA a Level 1 Orthopedic center are collaborating to equip Physician Anaesthetists to control pain using regional nerve blocks. Over a year since the training dubbed Global Regional Anesthesia Curriculum Engagement GRACE began it has seen increased beneficiary patient satisfaction with pain control before, during and after surgery.

This intervention also decreases postoperative risks of cases which hitherto would have required general anaesthesia with its attendant high costs to the patient and health facility. Physician anaesthetists are now doing more nerve blocks with increased confidence and skill. It’s expected that with this intervention, mortality stemming from postoperative risks of General anaesthesia will be greatly reduced as KATH strives to establish itself as the center of excellence.

The training has also attracted some doctors from Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. KATH being training site for doctors from World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists WFSA has had doctors from Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Egypt and Burkina Faso attend these training programs since it began about a year ago with tremendous success in their set goals.

Besides publications of research in world journals, the KATH / HSS team was awarded the Society for Education in Anesthesia (SEA) Philip Liu award for Innovations in Anesthesia Training for the abstract titled Design, Implementation, and Measurement of a Regional Anesthesia Training Program for Limited-Resource Settings.

KATH is grateful to the team from HSS who have been in the hospital the past two weeks led by Drs Mark Brouillette, Richard Kahn, Jacques Yadeau, Ben Johnson and Patrick Laughlin. We express our gratitude to Drs Akwasi Antwi – Kusi, Sanjeev Singh and Alfred Jacob Aidoo who have played pivotal roles in pioneering this intervention to ensure practice of safe anaesthesia at KATH.  

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