Between June 22 to June 26, 2015, Sagam Community Hospital (SCH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) held the 5th training under the Ketamine Study being implemented at several health institutions in Western Kenya. The Ketamine Study is a task shifting, bounded pilot program to promote the use of ketamine for painful procedures where an anaesthetist is not available. As of June 2015, over 270 cases in the various trainee institutions have been performed with the use of Ketamine.
Group photo of everyone that participated in the Ketamine training.
This training was held for 6 new clinicians to learn how to use Ketamine in their own hospitals. Sagam welcomed 2 members from Maseno Mission Hospital, Ms. Marion Awiti and Ms. Brillian Anaaya, as well as 4 members from Mbita District Hospital: Ms. Caroline Aloo, Ms. Nancy Odhiambo, Ms. Millicent Rosewe, and Mr. Duncan Aloo, to join in the training.
Debora congratulates one of the newly certified Ketamine providers, Ms. Marion Awiti.
Dr. Svjetlana Lozo and Dr. Leeya Pinder, the MGH Ob-Gyn Fellows, conducted a total of 19 operations (including 7 BTLs, 5 LEEPs. 2 wound debridements, 2 TAHs, 1 Hysterectomy, and 1 IUCD removal, and 1 perineal repair) over the course of the week for trainees to practice their newly learned Ketamine skills. SCH Ketamine Champions, Ms. Stella Odenyo and Mr. Javan Imbamba, (the SCH Clinical Officer-in charge and Deputy Clinical Officer-in charge, respectively) facilitated the training. Mr. Martin Nanjendo (the Ketamine champion at Maseno Mission Hospital) and Dr. Mark Ogundo (the Medical Officer at Mbita) also paid a visit during the week to show their support.
Dr. Lana operating in the Theater with trainees administering Ketamine.
The training included a lecture by Dr. Thomas Burke on treating trauma patients, as well as a training called Helping Babies Breathe post delivery given by Dr. Hijab Zubairi. The training concluded with a ceremony where all of the new trainees were congratulated and received certificates declaring their ability to use Ketamine effectively. Overall, Ketamine week was a huge success and an important step in the provision of quality and affordable care in resource-challenged environments.
Dr. Hijab holding a training called Helping Babies Breathe. Trainees learning integral skills for strengthening newborn survival with the use of a Suction Bulb and Ambu Bag.