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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Nurses taught latest CPR techniques

Nurses of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and the St Joseph Mercy hospital were yesterday exposed to the first of two sessions in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation facilitated by the American-based Universal School of Nursing.

According to head of the university Dr Roy London, the programme was initiated as a method of keeping the nurses up to date with the latest techniques in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

He pointed out that it is of utmost importance given the fact that Guyana is to host some matches of the 2007 Cricket World Cup.

Through interactive group sessions, video shows and practical demonstrations, nurses were given a crash course in responding to emergency situations.

The University Emergency Care School of Nursing has been operating in Guyana since last September, offering a three-year Registered Nursing Programme to Guyanese.

A strong point of its curriculum is emergency care.

According to London , the programmes offered at his university are in keeping with the rules and regulations of the Nursing Council.

He added that since his university is accredited internationally graduates will be able to easily gain employment worldwide.

Though an American citizen, London is of Guyanese parentage, and says the initiative for the university was born out of a desire to improve the quality of services offered by Guyanese.

He related that the desire was intensified after he witnessed a passenger with him on a flight to Guyana suffer a heart attack and no one could assist him.

He disclosed his aim of making Guyana the educational centre for medical training in the Caribbean .

London believes the way to accomplish this is to impart the requisite knowledge to Guyanese who will in turn share what they know, which in turn will be shared.

The Georgetown Public Hospital , as part of its curriculum, offers some aspects of CPR to all categories of nurses in training.

However, a senior official of the hospital noted the need for constant updates of techniques.

“They would learn this while still in training, and it's extremely important that they receive a brush-up on these things occasionally,” the official noted.


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