Emergency Medical Training Comes to PIVOT Clinical Team
Dr. S.V. Mahadevan (now known to the PIVOT team as “Dr. Maha”) visited Ranomafana in April to give a series of workshops on basic emergency medicine principles and practice. Dr. Maha is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University and the founder of Stanford Emergency Medicine International, and teaches emergency medicine throughout the world. Dr. Maha’s focus is helping resource-limited healthcare systems improve their emergency medical services with the goal of enhancing each site’s care to a maximum attainable level of quality
During his visit, medical personnel from the Ifanadiana District Hospital (CHRD) and staff from PIVOT health centers attended a number of Dr. Maha’s training sessions. Topics covered ranged from emergency triage techniques, to CPR for infants and adults, to the placement of “intra-osseous” catheters for patients in whom traditional intravenous access is difficult. The training included lectures, demonstrations, and “hands-on” labs involving mannequins and an intra-osseous drill ultimately donated to PIVOT by Dr. Maha.
His experience in the field combined with his easy manner and his cultural sensibility make him an excellent teacher who effectively communicates with his audiences. Staff who participated in Dr. Maha’s emergency training expressed that the content of his sessions was invaluable, and we all hope he will return to PIVOT soon.