Two Hundred Healthcare Workers Will Be Attending Workshop as Part of HA's New Managing Diabetes Initiative
Two hundred healthcare workers — doctors, nurses and social workers — will attend a two-day workshop as part of Hospitalito Atitlán’s new initiative, Managing Diabetes. This was the first of nine two-day workshops. Those in attendance received 15 hours of medical credit from the Minesterio de Salud. The World Diabetes Fund, headquartered in Denmark, is funding the program. Learn more about Managing Diabetes.
Staff Receives Instruction on BiPap
Breathing Machines Donated by ResMed
ResMed donated four BiPaP breathing machines to Hospitalito Atitlán, which will reduce the need for intubation and transfer of patients with COPD and other respiratory diseases. The machines will be a great asset, especially since many patients or their families oppose patients being moved to Guatemala City.
James Gardner, MD, an ER physician at the University of Pennsylvania, arranged for the donation and taught staff how to use the machines. ResMed is a leading developer and manufacturer of breathing machines.
MedShare International Medical Equipment
& Repair Training Will Help Save Lives
Eben Armstrong, a biomedical engineer at MedShare International, led a three-day training at Hospitalito Atitlán for employees of three Guatemalan hospitals from July 30th – August 1st. The classes provided students with skills that will allow them to keep equipment in working order, thus saving lives.
MedShare International donates surplus medical supplies to hospitals in more than 85 countries.
University of Pennsylvania Librarians and Faculty Lead Workshop on Benefits of Online Medical Libraries
Medical librarians and faculty from the Perelman Medical School of the University of Pennsylvania lead a workshop for Hospitalito staff on the benefits of online medical libraries. The
Hospitalito’s new medical library — a gift from the Seltzer Family — has three computers, a working Internet connection and an environment that is easy to work in.
The Hospitalito has had a relationship with the Perelman School of Medicine since 2005 through the Guatemala Health Initiative (GHI), which was founded by students and faculty at the Schools of Medicine and Nursing.
Hospitalito Holds Class on Breastfeeding
for Local Comadronas (Midwives)
Since opening its doors seven years ago, Hospitalito Atitlán has been a major source for training of traditional birth attendants — comadronas. In July, the class topic was successful breastfeeding. Since breast milk is a baby’s best food, it is essential that new mothers have sufficient milk. The session provided comadronas with information to help them make sure that this occurs.
Monthly Maternal Infant Education Meeting:
Babies’ First Foods
Every month, Hospitalito Atitilán hosts monthly meetings for participants in the Maternal Infant Program. These fun, informative sessions are extremely popular. At the latest meeting, Dra. Rosangela (a fourth year pediatric resident from the University Rafeal Landivar in Guatemala City) created an entertaining method to teach the new mothers about babies’ first foods and the age infants should start eating them.
Frequent Volunteer Leads Morning Rounds
Ted Ning, MD, a Colorado urologist and frequent volunteer, led morning rounds for eager staff in the Hospitalito Atitlán emergency room this summer.
Patients Served since 2005: 21,473
Total Patient Finacial Aid: $250,670
Spanish and Cultural Immersion CME
Hospitalito Atitlán is now offering Continuing Medical Education credits for physicians and nurses who want to learn Medical Spanish. Each course is conducted over one week in beautiful Santiago Atitlán, and physicians and nurses can earn up to 25 CME credits. Courses are scheduled in 2012 and through 2013.
This program was made possible through a partnership between the Hospitalito and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians and nurses.
To learn more and to sign up, visit us at: www.hospitalitoatitlan.org/CME/