DHCC Update

Training courses for paediatric emergency

DHCC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UK-based Cambridge University Hospitals to provide pediatric emergency training courses to medical and healthcare professionals in the UAE.

The pediatric emergency training courses are the first of a series of courses with Cambridge University Hospitals planned for 2014.

Critical events in pediatrics are less frequent than those occurring with adults, which makes being ready to successfully manage these events as important. Healthcare providers will at some point be required to manage acutely ill or injured children, however very few of them have the opportunity to practice the necessary skills during medical training or practice.

Via the MoU, academics from Cambridge University Hospitals will conduct two different pediatric courses at DHCC’s Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Medical Simulation Center (KHMSC), located within the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center (MBR-AMC).

The first course, Managing Emergencies in Pediatric Anesthesia (MEPA), aims to give all anesthesiology trainees the opportunity to develop management strategies for emergencies in pediatric anesthesia.

The second course, MAnaGing Ill Children (MAGIC), covers more common pediatric and neonatal emergencies through the use of high fidelity simulation.

Marwan Abedin, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Healthcare City commented: “While both theoretical and practical skills are important aspects of medical training, training for independent decision making especially during emergencies is as critical yet not as common.

Moreover, it is rarely possible to train medical professionals on the management of the severely ill as not only are such patients scarce but naturally they are even more in need of an experienced physician. The training becomes even more difficult when the patient is a child.”

New ambulance simulator will help
train first esponders

Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) has received an ambulance simulator from Mediclinic Middle East (MCME). The ambulance used for simulation is integral to emergency response training at DHCC’s Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Medical Simulation Center (KHMSC), which is the first comprehensive simulation training facility of its kind in the region.

The simulation sessions with the ambulance will provide medical students and health professionals with a realistic first responder experience in a risk-free environment. Trainees will be able to learn from scenarios across a range of crisis interventions such as cardiac arrest management, and emergencies including trauma, breathing difficulties and obstetrics.

Commenting on the donation, Marwan Abedin, Chief Executive Officer, DHCC, said: We are always looking to train the next generation of medical professionals in near-realistic conditions and this generous donation from Mediclinic Middle East helps further our goal. The ability to practise in simulated scenarios is key to developing confidence to prepare for real-life critical medical situations.

“The collaboration between Mediclinic Middle East and Dubai Healthcare City further reaffirms our strategic partnership towards building capacity in healthcare.”

Collaboration to strengthen simulation training

In January DHCC met with Dr Ralf Krage, President of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM) a network of simulation professionals, and members of the ADAM Simulation Group at the VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam.

Raja Al Gurg, Vice-Chairperson of the Dubai Healthcare City Authority (DHCA), DHCC Board members and the management of the Khalaf Al Habtoor Foundation met with the European delegation and discussed the use of simulation in medical education as well as opportunities for collaboration and knowledge sharing.

As a result, SESAM, ADAM Simulation Group at the VU University and Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Centre (MBR-AMC), the education and research arm of DHCC, agreed to formalise future collaborations with the aim of strengthening the use of simulation training in medical education.

Some of the ideas discussed and to be explored further include integrating simulation in the local undergraduate curricula by partnering with UAE-based universities. MBR-AMC is home to Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Medical Simulation Center, the first of its kind in the UAE and which enables training of healthcare professionals using simulation.

Mediclinic City Hospital expands to include new oncology unit

Mediclinic City Hospital, in DHCC, is expanding its facilities. A new North Wing will offer, among other specialties, oncology services such as diagnostic, medical and radiotherapy services.

It will house 43 outpatient consultation suites, 17 day care rooms, 12 dialysis suites, 11 dedicated oncology beds, two theatres and a rehabilitation centre with two fully-equipped gymnasiums. The North Wing will also include an expanded reference laboratory.

The new oncology unit will be built in association with Mediclinic Group’s sister company in Switzerland, Hirslanden Private Hospital Group.

David Hadley, CEO, Mediclinic Middle East commented: “The North Wing extension of Mediclinic City Hospital in DHCC continues apace. Thanks to agreements now in place with our technology partners Varian Medical Systems International and GE Healthcare, I am very excited by the even wider levels of service that will be available to our patients once the facility opens its doors in 2015.”

 Date of upload: 09th Apr 2014


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