European Pediatric Advanced Life Support (EPALS) Training at KUTRRH
The European Paedetric Advanced Life Support (EPALS) training took place on 23rd March to end on 24th March 2023 at KUTRRH. This is the second in house training of EPALS at KUTRRH. The first one took place in 2022.The training enhances a multi-disciplinary approach towards the management of critically ill children.
In the opening remarks the CEO of KUTRRH, Mr. Ahmed Dagane said
The vision of the Hospital is to enhance quality patient-centred evidence-based health care through medical training. The aim is to provide training to professionals in the early recognition of the child in respiratory failure by developing technology and core skills required to prevent further deterioration. In line with the universal health care program in Kenya, KUTRRH aims to introduce neonatalmobility and modernity through medical excellence and training.
As a hospital KUTRRH is in the process of being accredited as an EPALS training center by the Resuscitation Council of UK. KUTRRH has an active Neonatal Intensive care Unit (NICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) which offers advanced life support.The CEO encouraged participants to use their knowledge to enhance evidence-based health care to pediatric patients at KUTRRH. He thanked the trainers for dedicating their time and expertise.
The CEO announced that KUTRRH is in talks with NHIF to roll out a Comprehensive NHIF cover that covers 130 beds, 6 wards: 40 men, 40 women, 40 pediatrics, and 10 maternity beds. KUTRRH will be the first public hospital to have both comprehensive and non-comprehensive NHIF covers. The first beneficiaries will be surgical patients in late March 2023.
Other keynote speakers were the then Director of Training, Research and Innovation at KUTRRH, Prof. Wangari Mwai (now VC-Presbyterian University) who encouraged the nurses and doctors to have a teamwork mindset. The Director of Clinical Services, Dr. Victor Njom urged the medics participating in the training to utilize the knowledge they gain from the training. The Director of Nursing Services Mr. Edward Omondi said that frequent trainings will
make KUTRRH a center of excellence where many lives are saved.