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BASIC for Developing Healthcare Systems

Level 1

This course has been revised in collaboration with Medecins sans Frontières. It is designed to teach acute medicine to doctors practising in healthcare systems with limited resources. It assumes that the participants have access to measurement of haemoglobin, white cell count, urea, creatinine, electrolytes and glucose only. Radiology is restricted to plain films and ultrasound. Oxygen therapy is limited to 10l/min and mechanical ventilation is not available. The only vasopressor/inotrope is dopamine.

Like other "BASIC" courses the course material has been designed to be disseminated using a train-the-trainer model. The material consists of course manual, slides, skill station material and pre- and post-course tests.

Both adult and paediatic acute medicine are covered.

The course has been successfully taught to both doctors and medical students in a variety of countries including Haiti, Pakistan, Liberia, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Rwanda.

Topics include:

  • Assessment of the seriously ill patient
  • Applied respiratory physiology
  • Airway management
  • Acute respiratory failure
  • Fluids
  • Chest X-ray interpretation
  • Applied cardiovascular physiology
  • Shock
  • Oliguria and acute renal failure
  • Metabolic and electrolyte disturbance
  • Sepsis
  • Severe acute heart failure
  • Severe asthma
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Tetanus
  • Snakebite
  • Severe hypertension
  • Patient safety
  • Nutritional support
  • Infection control
  • Acute pain management
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Blood transfusion
  • Obstetrics
  • Burns
  • Trauma

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