July – Nepal: Children’s Lifeline / PULSE
For the second time, Children’s Lifeline partnered with Pediatric Universal Life- Saving Effort (PULSE) a New York based non- profit organization for another mission to Nepal.
There are no pediatric critical care specialists in Nepal. Therefore, the course that is taught, “Fundamentals of Pediatric Critical Care Support” (PFCCS) is a powerful tool to engage, educate and establish intensive care substitutes until a formal training program can be established. In this joint mission with Children’s Lifeline, twenty –seven candidates were certified in PFCCS. Dr Leblanc reported that he treated 52 neonatal babies and 23 nurses were certified.
A Pediatric Critical Care Symposium was conducted under the auspices of Kathmandu Medical College Teaching Hospital and Pediatricians from Nepal Pediatric Association. At the convention, four Lifeline Pediatric Intensivists lectured, Dr. Patrick Leblanc, Dr. Arsenia Asuncion, Dr. Adebayo Adeyinka and Dr. Louisdon Pierre who is PULSE president and chief of Pediatric Critical Care at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. Dr. Pierre wrote, “We also conducted three Mechanical Ventilation Skill stations at the Tribhuvan Teaching Hospital and received a very warm welcome there in the functional ICU.” A productive and constructive Mission, indeed.