ASPA Perioperative Life Support PPLS Workshops (Doctors and Nurses)
5, 6 July Colombo and 9, 10 July Peradeniya 2018, Sri Lanka

This was organised by the College of Anaesthesiologists and Intensivists of Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine and in conjunction with APSA
The PPLS in Sri Lanka was held in 2 cities in Sri Lanka; the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children, Colombo and Sirimavo Bandaranayake Specialised Children’s Hospital, Kandy
There were 40 doctors in Colombo and 45 Doctors in Peradeniya (85). Amongst the anaesthesiologists, there were a few doctors from paediatric surgery, paediatrics, emergency medicine and cardiology
Nurse participants included 22 in Colombo and 38 In Peradeniya (60); from ICU, general wards and operating theatre. Generally there were more participants from ICU than the operating theatres.
Review of feedback forms showed participants were mostly positive; agreeing with the relevance of the topics in talks, case interactions and skill stations.
Pre and post workshop MCQ was administered and feedback on the MCQ found the questions clear and assisted in consolidating knowledge learnt from the course. However there were a small number of MCQ that could be improved in clarity.
Specific comments:
  • Faculty were patient in answering all the questions, faculty were friendly and active, friendly learning environment, useful and interesting
  • Good time keeping was commended on more than one occasion
  • A few asked for less lectures and more case interactions and skills station, stations to be more interactive and concise including one comment for more structure in BCLS and clarity in LAST station
  • Some nurses’ asked for longer duration and more skills stations

This is the first time ASPA faculty ran 6 PPLS workshops, 4 doctors and 2 nurses (half day) in a country.
Faculty ran the same sessions in the first 2 workshops and the next 2 workshops swopped sessions to allow an opportunity to be exposed to different topics. This also allowed presentations and stations to be reviewed by observing and instructing faculty. This also allowed presentations and stations to be reviewed by observing and instructing faculty. Discussion amongst faculty sought clarity, errors or any misunderstanding of the content in the slides. Are the slides easily understood and used by different faculty members? We also reviewed the consistency of the delivery of the skills station.
Feedback from participants on clarity of MCQ during post MCQ session also allowed us to improve on the quality of the MCQ. I would like to thank the faculty for their time, hard work and fellowship in making Sri Lanka PPLS workshop possible.
ASPA also extend their appreciation to Dr Mithrajee and team for the excellent organisation of the PPLS program and their warm generosity to the faculty. We also would like to thank Dr Dilantha of MOH for their support.
Report by
Agnes Ng 
ASPA PPLS workshop coordinator
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