Kijabe Hospital and her partners are excited about the launch of a simulation centre, the first of its kind in Kenya and one of the few in Africa. It was opened by Edna Tallam, the Registrar/CEO, Nursing Council of Kenya on November 25th. This will take place during the graduation of nurses of Kijabe College of Health Sciences. The graduands include Kenya Registered Nurse Anaesthetists (KRNAs), Kenya Registered Community Health Nurses (KRCHNs), Scrub Technicians and Kenya Registered Perioperative Nurses (KRPoNs). This is an injection of qualified health workers in a sector with workforce shortage.
The World Health Organization (WHO) during the 68th World Health Assembly (WHA) in 2015 passed a resolution on strengthening emergency and essential surgical care and anaesthesia as a component of universal health coverage. Under the Improving Preoperative Anaesthesia Care and Training in Africa program (ImPACT Africa), strengthening training of healthcare workers in anaesthesia and critical care by increasing access to competency based training and improved modes of training becomes vital. Hence, the Simulation Center is aimed at providing simulation-based education to clinical care providers.
The Simulation Centre at Kijabe Hospital comprises of a mock theatre/patient ward, control room and debrief space. This room will be equipped with three high fidelity mannequins (SimMan, SimMom, and SimBaby). The mannequins mimic real patients who can talk, cry, bleed, die, turn color, and other basic human reactions that you would expect to see in a real life patient.
Adoption of simulation is important because it allows trainees to learn skills and practice while gaining exposure to challenging clinical real life scenarios without posing a risk to the simulated patient. This is significant and early preparation for the health workers who in most cases have to work in resource limited settings. Simulation builds innovativeness in cases where there are limited drugs and equipment leading to more saved lives through better handling of emergencies and patients stabilized for referral.
Simulation training enhances both individual and team training teaching. The debrief sessions held after each simulation helps trainees and the teams break down and review their decision making during the case with the aim of learning what can be improved in future.
In collaboration with other training institutions, and stemming from our mission to provide excellent medical training, the Center is poised to grow to provide short term clinical courses for medical workers who would want to build their capacity to provide safe and high quality care. Kijabe College of Health Sciences has trained over 1000 nurses to-date, over 100 anesthetists in Kenya and South Sudan and at least 6 perioperative nurses.
- Kijabe College of Heath Sciences is a training institution of Kijabe Hospital and launching the Strategic Plan 2017-2021 in partnership with FunzoKenya and USAID.
- The World Health Organization passed a resolution on Strengthening emergency and essential surgical care and anaesthesia as a component of universal health coverage. This resolution was proposed by nine countries including Kenya. This resolution proposes for countries to strengthen the systems that will see the provision of quality emergency and essential surgical and anesthesia care including infrastructure, equipment and human resources. It is important to note that training was a critical component in this resolution.
- Sustainable Development Goals: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. One aspect that will ensure that this goal is achieved is the achievement of universal health coverage. This simulation centre will provide ensure health care providers are given the opportunity to build their skills and knowledge in contributing to the increased access to safe and high quality care.
- The renovation and equipping of this space has been supported by the General Electric Foundation and Marathon Oil with key training of staff in simulation provided by Vanderbilt University.