Pasos en Atención: What Sets Us Apart

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Taught first in the classroom and then through experiential exercises, A Tu Lado’s standardized “Pasos en Atención” (steps in treating and interviewing patients) form the crux of our programs; also, as students and graduates often tell us, they are what set our programs apart from the rest. Through several exercises and practical scenarios on Tuesday and Thursday of week two, we expanded our students’ grasp of these key steps.

Helping along the way were Mario Aranibar, Director of SAR Bolivia, and Dr. Ciro Zabala, Medical Director of the Cochabamba Gastroenterological Hospital and UMSS Medical School Faculty. Being able to count on local instructors of their level is invaluable as ATL continues to pave a way towards high-quality, locally-sustained training programs.

On Saturday, ATL’s Emily Berger and Terence Steinberg facilitated a day of practical scenarios for the students. Broken into four teams, the students rotated among different scenarios, treating ‘patients’ with fertilizer poisoning, multiple trauma (dog attack), motor vehicle accident secondary to hypoglycemia, and internal hemorrhaging. Under our supervision, graduates from our June 2012 course oversaw 3 of the 4 practical stations, and they will continue to run the practical scenarios for the final two weeks of the course. Seeing our graduates demonstrate not only confidence but true competence in our protocols while training current students was a real pleasure.

Having left the final days of the course in the hands of our partners and graduates, Terence and Emily are now in Bogotá, Colombia. Colombia has a well-developed EMS system relative to Venezuela and Bolivia, and we’re confident that insights from Colombia’s EMS development and regulations can help A Tu Lado’s current projects.

Also of note: a correction from our previous news post (ATL and El Hospital del Niño: What’s in Common? from March 13, 2013): $400 was donated to A Tu Lado in support of Terence’s participation in the La Paz Marathon, not $225 as originally stated. Thanks again to everyone who donated!

Students Practicing Patient Interviews

Students Practicing Patient Interviews

Graduates Instructing

Graduates Instructing

Graduates Leading Scenario

Graduates Leading Scenario

A Tu Lado Debriefing After a Scenario

A Tu Lado Debriefing After a Scenario

A Tu Lado Supervising Scenario With Graduates

A Tu Lado Supervising Scenario With Graduates