The Every Second Matters – Ketamine project has been running for nearly a year, with over 320 successful cases, in 5 hospital facilities in West Kenya. The primary goal of this study to train, distribute, assess, and provide support to the ESM-ketamine package and providers which allows emergency cesarean sections and other painful procedures to take place, that otherwise would not be able to be performed due to the anesthesia crisis and other financial/logistical constraints.
Earlier this week, a collaborative group of ESM-Ketamine providers, champions, and researchers gathered at Oasis Hotel in Luanda. Champions from Siaya, Nightingale, Maseno, and Sagam were in attendance, and Dr. Okelo (Chief of Anesthesia from Maseno University) was also present.
The first item on the agenda was to refresh the Champions and providers on the ESM-Ketamine protocol, as some necessary amendments have taken place. This was to ensure our ketamine protocol is being maximally effective and to ensure that all our patients have gone through the necessary steps to obtain first-line anesthetic services.
Secondly, the qualitative research study was introduced. We introduced Taylor Kandler: a researcher and project coordinator from MGH. She has been in Sagam for almost a month preparing for the next stage of research which is an additive component to the present ESM-Ketamine research. Taylor, along with Clinical Officers (CO) from Sagam Community Hospital, will take on key-informant interviews during the next few months. This new research will gather opinions and perceptions of hospital administrators, anesthetists, providers, and proceduralists on the impact of the ESM-Ketamine protocol. We will be obtaining valuable insight into the economics, user/consumer satisfaction, challenges for expansion, amongst other variables. We believe that by adding a qualitative aspect to the Ketamine project we will get useful, effective first-hand anecdotes on how this innovation is working and how we can improve to help more patients in need of cesarean sections and other painful procedures!