Case Study

New-born Life Support

New Born Life Support

The Critical Care International community healthcare needs assessment identified fatal deficiencies in the training of local nurses and midwives with regards to their care of new-born children.  Some clinics had even been donated the necessary equipment by an NGO but had never been taught how to use it.  With the support of the client, a Critical Care International consultant designed a teaching program based upon international best practice guidelines and trained 12 healthcare workers in new-born resuscitation.  Over half of the students report that they use the skills taught at least once a week to save a baby who they believe would have otherwise died. This intervention was subsequently extended to similar effect to many healthcare workers locally and demonstrated how a focussed healthcare intervention can save lives in a binary fashion when applied in an education and resource deprived environment.

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