BRHMC Highlights Life Emergency Training thru 5-day ACLS Course
The Bicol Regional Hospital and Medical Center (BRHMC) in collaboration with the Philippine Heart Association (PHA) conducted an Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) training in July 2022, emphasizing the need for hospital medical staff to be skilled in managing life emergency situations.
With assistance from the Professional Education, Training, and Research Office (PETRO) and the Health Emergency Management Staff (HEMS), the BRHMC and PHA initiated an ACLS training course consisting of four-day virtual sessions from July 18 to 21, 2022, immediately followed by a one-day actual return demonstration of skills held at the Bicol University College of Medicine on July 22. The blended training was participated by 15 medical doctors, 26 nurses, and 4 allied professionals.
Dr. Narciso Thad Ciocson of the Internal Medicine (IM) Department along with six (6) other IM doctors led the return demonstrations and administered written tests on the final day of training. The main goal of the entire activity was to enhance the knowledge, attitudes, and skills of BRHMC personnel in saving lives and avoiding further complications during emergencies.
Topics tackled in the virtual learning included Basic Life Support and proper use of an automated external defibrillator; management of foreign body airway obstructions; life threatening emergencies and basic first aid; ethics in resuscitation, and other relevant practices.
During the in-person demo, the participants were also provided with a hands-on workshop on electrical therapies, megacode, airway management and assisted ventilation exercises, which are essential to medical practitioners in the hospital setting and in the care of critically ill patients.