ASPA Perioperative Paediatric Life Support/PPLS & Train The Trainers/ TTT workshops
March 9-10, 2019, Istanbul, Turkey
The Society of Turkish Anesthesiology and Reanimation invited ASPA to conduct the PPLS. The instructors’ course; TTT followed the PPLS to enable the Turkish faculty to organise and conduct future PPLS in Turkey.
The faculty included Ms Rebecca Jacob, Ms Marichu Battad, Ms Teresita Batanes, Mr Joey Alcantara, Ms Josephine Tan, Ms Suan Lim Ling and Ms Evangeline Lim and invited by the head of Turkish Society, Mr Ömer Kurtipek and member Ms Cimen Olguner. Ms Serpil Ustalar Özgen, the local organiser, Ms Ayten Saracoglu and Mr Tolga Saracoglu formed the local faculty
The attendants, 28 in number, were all pediatric anesthesiologists, or mostly dealing with pediatric cases. Most of them were experienced universities teachers. The course took place at the University of Health Sciences, continuous Education and Simulation center, Haydarpasa, Istanbul. There was a pre- and post-course MCQ and after self-assessment, improvement had been documented. The participants first attended the PPLS course and workshops after which they all attended the TTT.
The PPLS course was conducted so that all participants would be familiar with the content and manner of delivery of PPLS. The course material in pdf , translated in Turkish, were sent to the participants two weeks before so that they would have an idea of what the course content was. Though all the course material had been translated to Turkish, this PPLS was conducted in English, and whenever needed , Serpil, Ayten, Tolga assisted in translation. The program included six lectures; each two were divided by interactive case discussions and in the afternoon 4 skills stations. Since the participants were very experienced, the course proceeded smoothly, usually finishing before the expected time. Each group were 9-10 people, which facilitated discussion. The next day, during the TTT, short talks on ‘ getting the message across’, and teaching small groups were conducted, after which hands-on sessions for interactive case based discussions and skills stations, were held, whereby break-up groups prepared materials and taught the other groups.
Written feedback had also been obtained on the format of the course, which had also been translated.
The participants were generally happy, and thanked the faculty. Some of them stated that they had remembered some of the points stated, and also find the TTT, especially role-playing and simulation of the case discussions very useful. One point outlined by the participants is that, during TTT, in role playing sessions, the participants did not understand what was expected from them clearly so it would be better only if that was clearly stated. Some had stated that a revision might be necessary for the booklet, and Rebecca Jacob replied a new version is on its way. Since the course will be held in Turkish now on, the participants stated the need for instructions for case discussions and skills stations for the Turkish faculty similar to those given for Arrhythmia and Effective CPR. Participants were in agreement with the content and design of the slides, only if the delivery by some of the instructors could be better if the slides were prepared by them or faculty instructions’ are given.
The Pediatric Special Interest group of the Turkish Society of Anaesthesiologists and Reanimation were very eager to conduct PPLS in Turkish at Pediatric Anesthesia Schools on a regular basis. Certificates of attendance will be awarded in affiliations with ASPA
Z Serpil Ustalar Özgen