“I have received something new to help me in my job”

Theater nurse Sara Lekey now feels better equipped to save lives in emergency situations.
– We face a lot of challenges in our work, many patients and a shortage of staff, but I have received something new to help me. It is good that we get to practice what we have learned too, she says after attending Life Support Foundations last course in
Anaesthesia and Obstetric Emergency Care in Dar es Salaam. In May it is time for a new course at Muhimbili National Hospital.

Sara Lekey, 39 years old and a mother of two children, has received a break from her hectic job as a Theater Nurse at Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to attend Life Support Foundations course in saving lives through critical care.

Trauma kills more people than malaria, HIV and TB together in a country like Tanzania. The injuries often require surgery and critical care. Also, at the hospitals in Dar es Salaam 3000 children and 250 mothers die each year due to lack of knowledge in obstetric care, for example during cesarean sections when complications arise. IMG_0402Many of these lives could be saved with the simple methods taught by Life Support Foundation. Basic medical care for sick patients can be summarised in the classic “ABC” of Airway, Breathing, Circulation. If good quality ABC care was available all over the world, hundreds of thousands of lives would be saved.

This far 431 doctors and nurses have attended Life Support Foundations courses in Anaesthesia and Obstetric Emergency Care, and Sara Lekey is one of them.

IMG_0439– It is my first time here and I have really enjoyed the course, she says. I have worked at Muhimbili for nine years and I like my job. It feels great to be able to help people. On the other hand, it feels horrible when we can’t save the patients’ lives. Therefore, I appreciate what I have learned.

Life Support Foundations next course in Dar es Salaam will start on the 16 of May. Swedish doctors and nurses are busy preparing for the days in Tanzania, when they will share their knowledge and experience.

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