By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
A medical team from the United States is in Belize to conduct professional development training with the staff of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH).
The team, which came from Wisconsin, comprises four physicians, two nurses and a paramedic technician. Over the course of their stay they will conduct various presentations, as well as on-site sessions in the emergency rooms with the doctors, nurses and support staff of the KHMH.
Christine Feierstein, a registered nurse and emergency room educator, explained that the training cooperation has been in place since 2014. She said that while this is their third visit to Belize, as a part of this arrangement, each visit has focused on a different area of healthcare.
‘Overall, the main focus is on trauma care and being able to strengthen the skills of the staff in that area,’ Feierstein said. ‘We’ve been trying to emphasize communication between the KHMH and the ambulance staff, because care actually begins before they reach the hospital.’
She added that the team will work with key members of hospital staff and give them special training, which will in turn allow them to be in-house trainers for the KHMH. There are follow up teams slated to come to Belize in February, March and April. Each team will focus on a different aspect of hospital care.