During December 2019, more than 88 nurses attended and successfully passed the Primer course, which was developed by Dr. Mode Al Ojaimi, Director of the Balamand Medical Simulation Center. The Attendees came from 12 hospitals in the North of Lebanon (private and Governmental) and the majority of whom work in acute care departments (ICU, CCU, ER, NICU, PICU), operating room, and regular floors, burn units, oncology units and dialysis units.
The aim of the Primer Course is to train community healthcare professionals on the requirements needed to pass the American Heart Association courses, namely, Basic life support - BLS, Advanced Cardiac Life support- ACLS and Pediatric Advanced Life Support- PALS. The course made up of 3 modules:
- - Module 1-Airway management : Provides the main information required for the management of respiratory distress and failure. It also includes hands-on sessions for insertion of airway adjuncts: Oropharyngeal Airway- OPA, Nasopharyngeal Airway-NPA, plus insertion of Laryngeal Mask airway-LMA.
- - Module 2-EKG from A to Z: By the end of this course, attendees will learn and practice the systematic approach to reading electrocardiograms- EKG and diagnose the most common arrhythmias.
- - Module 3-Pharmacology of cardiac emergencies: It reinforces the basic pharmacologic mechanisms of actions for the drugs used in cardiac emergencies along with their doses and routes of administration. In addition, it reviews the basic steps in defibrillation, cardioversion, and transcutaneous pacing. It serves as a great primer for the ACLS and PALS courses.
Dr. Mode Ojaimi said ”the need to develop and conduct the Primer Course is a result of field surveys, and direct observations recorded by BMSC instructors while providing AHA courses to a similar cohort during 2018”.
It is worth noting that this activity was sponsored by UNHCR in collaboration with BMSC and is in line with the BMSC mission to decrease the mortality and morbidity from emergency cardiovascular problems via training the community and medical personnel on the accurate and timely management of these conditions based on the most updated AHA protocols.