Hospital Salvatierra, located in the capital of La Paz and the largest public hospital in the state of Baja California Sur, recently benefited from a two day training program which will occur monthly and be supported moving forward by the Los Cabos Children’s Foundation.
Day one was dedicated to Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that uses pediatric emergencies to reinforce concepts of pediatric assessment, basic life support, effective resuscitation and team dynamics. The goal of the PALS Course is to improve the quality of emergency care provided to seriously ill or injured children resulting in improved outcomes.
Advanced Pediatric Life Support (APLS) is a program created by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Emergency Physicians to assist pediatricians and nurses learn how to avoid and prevent emergency situations in sick children.
During the first week of March, Dr. Miguel Lieras coordinated the training with APLS and PALS for 27 medical staff members at Hospital Salvatierra. To assist with the normally high costs of this type of training the equipment was provided by LCCF and the trainers, all members of the American Heart Association, provided their services on a volunteer basis. The benefit for Hospital Salvatierra was two-fold; not only are many of their key staff now trained with APLS and PALS but the training also contributed to the process of accrediting the facility with the Seguro Popular insurance program. This federal accredidation once received will allow both patients and hospital to benefit through assistance of federal funding for medical treatments and services.
The Department of Health did not have the financial resources to pay entirely for Hospital Salvatierra’s emergency training program so the creativity of the doctors involved and support provided by the LCCF and the hospital volunteers made up the difference. This team approach to upgrading emergency service skills has as its goal providing patients more affordable treatments.
This training work has a ways to go yet. The LCCF has agreed to supply course material for the remainder of the staff to receive the same training over the next four months with the goal to have all the medical staff at Hospital Salvatierra trained with APLS and PALS.
Once completed at Salvatierra, the home of both the LCCF sponsored pediatric oncology and cardiology specialty programs, this training model will expand out and across BCS as needed.