Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Ruby Hall Clinic hosts SIMVENT 2019


PUNE: Medical simulation is the modern day methodology for training healthcare professionals through the use of advanced educational technology. Simply put, it is the experiential learning every healthcare professional will need, but cannot always engage in during real-life patient care.

Training in mechanical ventilation has always been an integral part of critical care teaching. Today, with the amalgamation of technology, it is all the more important for healthcare professionals to keep abreast with the changes in the field. Making this a reality, Health Training Asia in association with Ruby Hall Clinic and D.Y. Patil Medical College Pune hosted SIMVENT 2019. The event was endorsed by theTelemedicine Society of India.

The 27th simulator based course on mechanical ventilation was conducted at the R.S Wadia auditorium at Ruby Hall Clinic while being simulcast at Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College on the 25th-26th of May 2019. Eminent medical practitioners known for their prowess in the critical care medicine made their presence felt at this workshop. These included Dr. Sandeep Dewan, Dr. Prachee Sathe, Dr M.S Barthwal, Dr. Prashant Sakhavalkar, Dr. Milind Talegaonkkar and Dr. Sameer Malik. At D.Y Patil, eminent members who made this dream a reality included Bhagyashree Patil, Vice Chairperson and Dean Dr. J.S. Bhawaklar. The event was attended by close to 120 doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists across both the institutes.

More than half of the patients in the ICU need ventilation the first 24 hours after ICU admission; comprising of individuals who have acute respiratory failure, compromised lung function, difficulty in breathing, or failure to protect their airway. The SIMVENT course opened the horizon to an in-depth understanding of artificial ventilation helping practitioners understand the nuances of this complicated therapy. This rigoroustwo-day workshop included challenging case examples, interactive sessions with experts answering queries, quizzes and demonstrations. Intensivists learnt how to handle the breathing requirements of patients with asthma, COPD, and congestive heart failure, decide when to intubate and when to wean, determine correct initial ventilator settings, and identify when settings need to be changed.

Chief Guest Vivek Shivde, a mountaineer who was part of the recent successful expedition to Mt. Kanchenjunga also shared his experience on day two of the workshop. A patient at Ruby Hall Clinic’s ICU in 2014, he recovered while being on mechanical ventilation. While scaling  an elevation of 28,000 ft. earlier this month, he set new heights with his recent expedition showcasing the strength of this medical wonder.

“During a real-life emergency, a patient’s life cannot be risked without the proper knowledge and understanding to perform possible life-saving procedures. There is a need to train healthcare professionals in team-based communication, cognitive thinking and skills-based action during such a stressful situation. This aim of this workshop was to bridge this very training gap which is vital to successful patient outcomes. We have been conducting this course for a few years now and have seen tremendous progress in the application of technology. We’re thankful to the Telemedicine Society of India for simulcasting this event and helping us share this life-saving knowledge with practitioners looking to better their knowledge,” said Dr. Prachee Sathe, Director - Intensive Care Unit, Ruby Hall Clinic.

“As firm believers in continued education, we’ve always encouraged our doctors and nurses to be lifelong learners and view life at the hospital as a continued learning experience. True to its word, this CME was a unique opportunity to help spread the knowledge of a specialised field in intensive care. With this workshop, we achieved the aim to improve patient and staff experience, while delivering better health outcomes. It has indeed been our utmost honour to host this event as a leading healthcare institute,” commented Mr. Bomi Bhote, CEO, Ruby Hall Clinic.


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