UKZN’s human patient simulation expert, Mr Naren Bhimsan, who manages the SMART Centre at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in Durban, presented a paper at an international conference in the United States.

Speaking at the the gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists conference at the University of Tennessee’s Centre for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation in Memphis, his paper was titled: Taking Hi-fidelity Simulation from South Africa to Tanzania.

Bhimsan spoke about a very successful visit he led to Tanzania in which he took paediatric simulators from South Africa to Dar es Salaam to train 44 anaesthetists on the Managing Emergencies in Paediatric Anaesthesia course. This course was requested by the Health Department of Tanzania and was sponsored by Abbvie Healthcare.

The trip to Tanzania was a follow-up to the visit to UKZN in 2014 by 100 delegates from Namibia, Botswana, Mauritius, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda, Ghana, Ethiopia and Rwanda to attend the Anaesthesia Centre of Excellence Programme to share best practice and experiences. The programme included plenary discussions, in-hospital interactive workshops, case discussions, hi-fidelity patient simulation training, ultrasound and vascular workshops, trauma and ICU rounds, pain rounds, and meet-the-expert sessions.

Both the training session in Dar es Salaam and presentation in Memphis were well received. The SMART Centre is currently planning a similar trip to Lusaka in Zambia.

The team of five included four anaesthetic consultants, Dr Christian Kampik, Dr Jonathan Invernizzi and Dr Clive Daniel. While the SMART centre planned the logistics, much credit goes to Jonathan Brown of Abbvie and Dr Dean Gopalan, head of discipline Anaesthesiology and Critical Care.

Words: Lihle Sosibo