Thursday, 05 March 2020 14:12

Saving Young Lives Annual Course Trains 34 African Doctors and Nurses in Acute Peritoneal Dialysis

As part of the Saving Young Lives (SYL) project, 17 doctor-nurse pairs from eight countries across Africa received a week-long training in Acute Peritoneal Dialysis during the SYL Renal Skills Course at Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, from February 17 to 21, 2020.

The course directors, Red Cross’s Mignon McCulloch and Alp Numanoglu, conducted workshops on Pediatric Life Support Resuscitation, Vascular Access, PD for Nurses, and AKI.

The course included: a hands-on PD insertion workshop, and clinical stations in acute PD, automated PD, hemodialysis (HD), and Continuous Veno-Venous Hemofiltration (CVVH).

The 34 doctors and nurses in attendance left the course with increased capacity to provide acute PD services in adults and children with AKI in hospitals where access to treatment was not previously available.

Data collected by ISN from former SYL workshop participants indicates that over 500 patients with AKI have received treatment for acute PD through the SYL project and a 65% survival rate is reported.

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