Every Second Matters for Mothers and Babies Ketamine (ESM-Ketamine)™ Anesthesia Training Program: The training program for this life-saving, award-winning safe anesthesia solution in areas of Kenya with limited access to anesthesia services is housed at the African Institute for Health Transformation (AIHT). AIHT at Sagam Community Hospital (SCH) was excited to host trainees from Kisumu County for September’s Ketamine Week. The team from Kombewa (in Kisumu County) consisted of three registered nurses, a Clinical Officer (also trained as an anesthetist) and a medical officer.
This month’s Ketamine week started with a slight hiccup as there were some logistical issues on Monday (the traditional start of Ketamine Week). Because of that, only one member of the Kombewa team was able to start training then, with the rest all arriving on Tuesday morning. Despite the shorter week than usual, the trainees got some excellent hands on experience in administering Ketamine. There were 21 surgeries performed last week including four successful emergency cesarean sections.
After a busy week full of lectures, surgeries, a pretest and a posttest, all of the team members from Kombewa were successfully trained as Ketamine providers. In celebration of this we held our traditional graduation ceremony on Friday evening to conclude another successful Ketamine Week. In this ceremony we presented the former trainees with their Ketamine certificates, danced, and enjoyed some cake.
We would like the SCH staff for working so hard during this Ketamine Week. Also thank you to the Kombewa team who were able to come on short notice and were excellent students. SCH is very proud to have accomplished our goal that we were given earlier last month. We intend to build on this successful Ketamine Week with more in the future.
Javan Imbamba, Clinical Officer, Ketamine Champion (SCH)
Wenslaus Adenya, Clinical Officer, Ketamine Champion (SCH)
Juma Jaqtone, Anaesthetist (SCH)
Our surgical staff
Dr. Taha Yusufali, Chief of Surgery (SCH)
Dr. Nyamogo, OB/GYN consultant and Assistant Team Leader for the ESM-Ketamine Project
Lucy Atieno, Surgical Tech
Samuel Orondo, Surgical Registered Nurse
Kashmir Owino, Surgical Tech
Grace Sawanda, Surgical Nurse
Additional staff members;
Debora Rogo, General Manager
Juddy Odhiambo, Administrative Manager
Leslie Ojeaburu, Program Coordinator
Phoebe Kelleher, Program Coordinator
Sebastian Karlson, Assistant Program Coordinator
Dr. Solomon Orero, Team Leader for the ESM-Ketamine Project
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This article was written by Sebastian Karlson.