Teaching Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support

The first of GEI’s spring delegations have arrived in Vietnam. For four weeks, master trainers Patty Kelly (newborn care) and Linda Bell (emergency cardiac care) and their colleagues are teaching at hospitals and universities in Binh Phuoc, Vinh, Anh Son, Tra Vinh and Ho Chi Minh City.
 
Emergency Cardiac Care trainings are the newest addition to our portfolio in Vietnam. The rational is simple: Cardiovascular diseases have become the number 1 cause of death in the world, killing 17.3 million people each year, 80% in the developing world. The risks are growing due to factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and obesity, physical inactivity, high blood pressure, diabetes and raised cholesterol.
 
In Vietnam, cardiovascular diseases rank as the leading cause of death. Forecasts of the World Heart Federation suggest that no less than 20% of the population will suffer from related health problems by 2017. Local healthcare leaders lament that the country is not ready and is facing a massive ECC capacity deficit.
 
GEI is partnering with Vinh Medical University and Hospital 175 in Ho Chi Minh City to establish two future training centers for curricula of the American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI). During this inaugural program, Linda Bell and her team are providing Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) trainings as well as trainings-of-trainers to several groups of Vietnamese colleagues. Additional future delegations will continue with this work until the Vietnamese training centers are fully established and self-sustaining.
 


 
Interested to help develop Emergency Cardiac Care or Newborn Care capacity in Vietnam?
We welcome qualified individuals (professionals and advanced students) from around the world to join our regular delegations, and we also work with institutional partners (universities etc) to customize programs. For more information, please go to our program page or contact us here.