Essential Burns Care and Hand Trauma training in Sierra Leone

Posted Thursday May 09, 2019 by Beverley Resurge

Essential Burns Care and Hand Trauma training in Sierra Leone

In March 2019 a surgical team from the UK & Ghana in partnership with Resurge Africa, Interburns, BSSH and Korle-Bu teaching hospital  delivered training courses in Burns Care & Hand Trauma to Doctors, Nurses, Physiotherapists and Medical Students from Health facilities in the Northern province, Holy Spirit Hospital in Makeni, Masanga Hospital, Connaught Hospital and from College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS).  The course was held over three days in three different venues.

The Interburns Essential Burns Care Course was designed to provide health care professionals in Low and Middle income countries, taking into account the usual level of resources and training available, with competent skills to treat and manage burn patients.  It consisted of Didactic Lectures, Interactive discussions and a pre and post session test.    The Course content for Essential Burns Care was:

  • Acute prevention of burn injury and first aid
  • Acute management of burns patient
  • Rehabilitation of burns patient from Injury

By the end of the course the participants will be able to:

  • Identify the steps in prevention of burn injury and first aid care
  • Manage patients who are suffering from burns injury
  • Formulate care plan for burns patients to enable them to rehabilitate from their injury

On the course faculty was Mr Stuart Watson, Consultant Reconstructive Surgeon, Canniesburn Plastic surgery and Burns Unit, GRI Glasgow, and Mr Opoku Ware Ampomah, ReSurge Africa Director and Consultant Reconstructive Surgeon – Head of National Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit, Korle-Bu teaching hospital, Accra, Ghana.

Burns course

The Hand Trauma Care course was an instructional course with the objective to provide doctors and other healthcare professionals with guidelines for basic non-operative treatment of common fractures and to enable them to recognise those fractures that need operative treatment in a specialist unit.  The course consisted of Didactic lectures, interactive discussions and pre and post session test.  The Course content was:

  • Functional Anatomy of the Hand
  • Examination of the Hand
  • Introduction to Assessment and initial Management of Hand Trauma

By the end of the course participants are able to:

  • Describe the functional anatomy of the hand
  • Do systematic assessment of the injured hand
  • Describe the basic principles for hand injuries management
  • Identify injuries that would better be treated at a Tertiary facility
  • Safe and appropriate splinting of the injured hand
  • Formulate systems for maintaining safe standards of practice

The course faculty was led by Mr Steve Hodgson, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and he was joined by Consultant Hand Surgeon Mr Jonathan Jones and Physiotherapist Pascalle Smith.  They were joined by Abdulai Jalloh, Sierra Leonean Reconstructive Surgeon trainee who is currently in his final year of training at Korle-Bu in Accra.

HAND TRAUMA COURSE

Over the three days the course was attended by over 100 health care clinicians.  Each participant received a certificate and were asked to give their personal views of the training through an evaluation form.  Feedback was excellent and the participants expressed interest for future training.

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