Latin American Eye Care Professionals Train at UC Davis Simulation Center

ByMartha R. Camara

Oct 17, 2022

Healthcare professionals from Bolivia, Chile, and Peru gathered this week at the UC Davis Health Center for simulation and education enhancement. They were here as part of a special training project conducted in partnership with global non-profit eye care organization Orbis International.

The two-week training program, which began Oct. 10, brings together nearly 50 ophthalmologists, ophthalmology residents, nurses and biomedical engineers from Latin America to learn eye health skills from doctors, nurses and hospital staff. UC Davis.

Ophthalmologists and ophthalmology residents train at the Flying Eye Hospital, an aircraft-based eye teaching hospital currently stationed at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View. The approximately 25 nurses and biomedical engineers take turns training at the simulation center at UC Davis Health.

“We are thrilled to partner with Orbis to provide training to our colleagues in Bolivia, Chile and Peru,” said Mark Mannis, professor and chair of the department of ophthalmology at UC Davis. “The UC Davis Eye Center is committed to preventing blindness and improving eye health worldwide. We are especially happy to help in areas where access to eye care is limited.

Niroop Ravula, anesthesiologist and associate clinical professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at UC Davis, volunteers with Orbis International. He helped coordinate training sessions as well as the nonprofit’s last visit to the simulation center in 2015. He said the focus was on a train-the-trainer methodology. Participants learn topics such as equipment sterilization, crisis management, and operating room procedures, and take this knowledge back to their home countries to train other members of the health care team. health.

“We are empowering local doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals so that when they return home, they can pass on what they have learned and further reduce morbidity and mortality,” Ravula said. “We teach them in simulation the management of common health problems and crises, but also the importance of teamwork and how to close the communication loop.”

During the training sessions, nurses learn their role and the red flags to look for during the surgical process.

Participants learned to look for red flags during surgery

The day-long training sessions at the center begin with morning lectures by physicians and nurses from UC Davis Health on topics such as the differences between pediatric and adult airways and how to manage life events. medical code. These lectures are followed by hands-on workshops focusing on a variety of skills, including CPR and defibrillation. In the afternoon, participants experience what-if scenarios that focus on what to do during medical events, such as cardiac arrest, as well as how to strengthen the work of team and communication skills during medical cases.

Jacqueline Newton, from Cape Town, South Africa, has spent the past 14 years working for Orbis as a staff nurse traveling around the world. During the training sessions, she teaches participants how to maintain sterile surgical environments through proper gown and hand washing and helps them understand their roles and the red flags to look for during the surgical process. The instructors measure the level of each participant and adapt their training methods as needed.

“Simulations allow them to practice tasks and skills, building confidence so they’re more relaxed and familiar with the process when it comes time to prep a patient and do the surgery,” Newton said. “Additionally, we are able to include more people in a simulation session than in a clinical care setting, so the impact and reach is much greater.”

A man dressed in a green hospital gown and purple protective gloves speaks to a group of women in a hospital.
UC Davis anesthetist Niroop Ravula, left, volunteers with Orbis International and has helped coordinate training sessions.

Participants find training applicable to real-life situations

Orbis staff nurse Elisa Urruchi from Peru also conducted simulation training sessions. Additionally, she served as an interpreter to help attendees connect with non-Spanish speaking teachers and staff. She translated comments from three of the visiting professionals about their experiences.

“It’s a wonderful experience. I’ve done simulation training before, but nothing like here because the dummies and equipment are so realistic. It’s amazing to see that this type of supply exists,” said Daniela Limachi, from Bolivia.

Rosa Chavez, from Peru, agreed.

“It’s so much more than I expected, and all of the training is applicable to real-life situations. I pay close attention to the training process because I want to bring the maximum to the nurses I work with so that we can replicate these procedures and change behaviors,” Chavez said.

“It’s been an intense week, but I’m so happy and content,” said Mireya Montecino from Chile. “I especially like the trainings focusing on pediatric anesthesia and all the things you need to consider to give your patients the best possible care.”

Ian Julie, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Director of the Simulation Center, lectured to attendees focusing on airway management and best practices for handling medical codes.

“It is exciting to work with medical professionals from different countries and share our knowledge so that these professionals are ready to deal with any emergencies that may arise during the surgeries they perform around the world”, Julie said. “By practicing various scenarios in the simulation center, we can help prepare them for any serious medical issues that arise during their invaluable efforts.”

A group of women wearing surgical masks and blue hats with the word “Orbis” printed on them in white sit around a conference table.
Health professionals from Bolivia, Chile and Peru debrief after a hands-on training session at UC Davis Health.

About the UC Davis Center for Educational Simulation and Improvement

The Education Enhancement and Simulation Center at UC Davis is a state-of-the-art healthcare simulation center focused on interprofessional medical education and research activities. From its humble beginnings on the first floor of the UC Davis Medical Center, the Simulation Center has grown to include more than 10,000 square feet of dedicated simulation space on the third floor of the UC Davis Center for Health and Technology. In addition to patient simulators with advanced realistic physiology, the center includes a trauma room, an operating room, an inpatient unit, a six-bay treatment room, a task training room, technology-enhanced classrooms and standardized patient examination rooms. It is accredited as a comprehensive education institute by the American College of Surgeons. For more information, visit the website.

About the UC Davis Eye Center

The UC Davis Eye Center provides world-class eye care, pioneers collaborative vision research, and trains the next generation of specialists and investigators to become leaders in the Sacramento area and beyond. of the. The Eye Center team aims to transform eye care and develop treatments for blinding eye diseases, from the cornea to the cortex. To learn more, visit the website.

About Orbis

Orbis is a leading global non-governmental organization that has pioneered the prevention and treatment of avoidable blindness for four decades. Orbis transforms lives by providing the skills, resources and knowledge needed to provide accessible quality eye care. Working in collaboration with local partners, including hospitals, universities, government agencies and ministries of health, Orbis provides practical training in ophthalmology, strengthens health infrastructure and advocates for the prioritization of eye health in programs. of public health. Orbis operates the world’s only Flying Eye Hospital, a fully accredited eye teaching hospital aboard MD-10 aircraft, and an award-winning telemedicine platform, Cybersight. For the past ten consecutive years, Orbis has earned the coveted four-star rating from Charity Navigator for its strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency, placing Orbis in the top 3% of US charities. For the past two years, Orbis has earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar. In 2022, Orbis earned “Accredited Charity” status from the Better Business Bureau by meeting the 20 Standards of Accountability for Charities. To learn more, visit the website.