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VinaCapital Foundation sponsoring pediatrician training

Released at: 13:29, 05/03/2019

VinaCapital Foundation sponsoring pediatrician training

Photo: Khanh Chi (VET)

Foundation sponsoring international Advanced Pediatric Life Support Trainer's training for 72 Vietnamese doctors from March 4 to 14.

by Hung Cao

The VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) is holding an Advanced Pediatric Life Support (APLS) training program from March 4 to 14 at Pediatric Hospitals 1 and 2 in Ho Chi Minh City. A group of 24 Vietnamese candidates will be coached by nine Australian APLS medical experts donating their time to spread this valuable knowledge.

The Vietnamese doctors will officially become certified APLS trainers and will then teach 48 doctors from central and southern provinces to become APLS qualified specialists. The courses opened with key note addresses from Dr. Le Thanh Hai, Director of the Vietnam National Children’s Hospital - the leader in APLS implementation in Vietnam and VinaCapital Foundation’s partner - and Dr. Nguyen Thanh Hung, Director of Children’s Hospital 1.

Since its inception in 1980s by the American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Emergency Physicians, APLS has been kept up to date by world leading pediatricians. APLS is mandatory in 20 countries for pediatricians because its great advantages in codifying knowledge and techniques in emergency treatment for children. Procedures simulation and interaction sessions are a primary focus during training, to maximize the course’s impact.

The course covers various themes including basic and advanced support of the airway and ventilation, cardiac arrest management and defibrillation, diagnosis and management of a seriously ill child (with breathing difficulties, shock, abnormal pulse rate and rhythm, decreased conscious level) and team management of treatment for seriously injured children (with wounds on the chest, head, spine, abdomen, burns, scalds and injuries by electricity or drowning).

Since 2009, APLS training has been one of two critical components in VCF’s Critical Response program designed to ensure substantial sustainable reductions in child mortality in Vietnam. The APLS program, administered by the UK charity Advanced Life Support Group (ALSG), aims to reduce under-5 mortality in Vietnam by assisting doctors and nurses with updated emergency medical techniques.

VCF then adds the critical care equipment necessary to employ the new knowledge that results in many lives saved. The Ministry of Health and the Vietnam National Children’s Hospital in Hanoi partner with VCF to develop APLS training and VCF’s Critical Response program nationwide. More internationally-certified trainers will enable the partnership to train more doctors and nurses in APLS and thereby further reduce child mortality.

“From our 12 years of implementing healthcare improvement projects around the country, I believe internationally-proven techniques like those taught in the APLS program can bring great impact to doctors and nurses in Vietnam” said Mr. Don Lam, VCF Chairman.

“They can provide the best treatment quality for children, especially underserved children in vulnerable rural communities where natural disasters and accidents are frequent. Our plan in the next two years is to bring the courses to more provincial and district hospitals in the central and southern regions in partnership with the Ministry of Health.”

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