The newly established Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare (CASH) at Gulf Medical University (GMU) has conducted the Basic Surgical Skills Workshop on 20-21 September, 2013.
The workshop provided an opportunity for the participants to get hands-on experience of basic surgical skills complemented by theoretical sessions, thereby reinforcing their previously acquired skills in a safe surgical skills lab set-up. The course has been designed as per the recent trends and guidelines for surgical skills. The core objective was to train the participants in generic basic techniques applicable to all types of surgery using the most advanced surgical simulators and models.
Professor Manda Venkatramana, Dean-College of Medicine, GMU and Professor of Surgery, who designed the workshop, inaugurated and welcomed the delegates and explained the objectives of the workshop. He introduced the GMU team to the delegates who would be facilitating the hands-on sessions.
Professor Yasien Mallalah Taher, Professor and Head, Department of Surgery, GMC Hospital, Ajman delivered a lecture on ‘Surgeons and Sutures’ and explained about the various types of suturing materials and explained their uses, advantages and disadvantages. This was followed by a talk on ‘Wound Healing and Tissue Repair’ by Dr. Pradeep K. Sharma, Associate Professor of Surgery, GMC Hospital. Hands-on sessions on wound care, closure and dressing including suturing and knotting techniques applying basic generic skills was facilitated by the faculty of Surgery and Ms. Sibta Emmanuel from Nursing Department at GMC Hospital.
Dr. Pradeep Kumar Sharma and Ms. Sibta Emmanuel from GMC Hospital highlighted the use, the correct methodology and techniques for safe theatre practice including hand washing, scrubbing, gloving and gowning recommended under universal precautions and observing sterile techniques for surgical hand scrub, preparation and draping of sterile field.
Dr. Sujaad Al Badran, Associate Professor, Department of Orthopedics, GMC Hospital described the principles of management of various types of fractures. Dr. Amit Chaturvedi, Associate Professor, and Dr. Amit Shah from Department of Orthopedics, GMC Hospital, Ajman facilitated the hands-on session on the use of techniques like immobilization, traction, splinting and POP for management of fractures.
“The workshop was delivered in a combination of large group didactic and small group demonstration sessions followed by practice on models and simulators in the Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare in GMU Campus Ajman”, explained Professor Manda. “We are happy that more and more professionals are interested to attend these workshops and it is attracting international delegates. The feedback from the delegates indicates that we have met our objectives”, he added.
Over 36 doctors and nurses from all over UAE participated in the workshop, which was accredited by Ministry of Health UAE for 11 CME Hrs.
About Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare (CASH) :
The center is one of the largest simulation centers in the region and is equipped with some of the high fidelity simulators. It has Sim man, OBG Simulator, Ultrasound simulator, VictoR IV, Victor ICU, LP simulator, Outpatient Simulation: OPDs (Medical, Surgical, OBG, Pediatrics), In Patient Simulation consisting of a General Ward, Intensive Care Simulation (ICU & NICU), Delivery Suite (Triage and First Stage), OT Simulation, Diagnostic Simulation: GMC Diagnostic Laboratory and Imaging, and Therapeutic Simulation : GMC Pharmacy.
The students will learn about History taking skills, Examination Skills, Interpretation Skills (Clinical and Diagnostic), Patient Management Skills, Life support Training (Basic, Advanced and Pediatric), First Aid Skills and Nursing Skills.