The first trip to Ghana will incorporate a needs assessment for Enyan Abaasa , a village about 90 minutes outside of the Ghana capital, Accra. The goal, to establish an EMS system that will allow sick patients to be transferred from the local clinic to the main hospital in the capital. Currently, The National Ambulance Service, provides EMS along with St. Johns ambulance. The outside villages can not be part of this current EMS system because of the distance. It is crucial, in some critical cases, that local villagers have a way to not only get to these larger hospitals but have care en route. This ambulance will provide emergency services and transportation to the local villages in the case of severe sickness or trauma. The educational curriculum will be developed for Enyan Abaasa after the needs assessment occurs. In the upcoming months, educators will present the first module of training to ready those providers from the clinic to the pre hospital environment.
Future topics include the following:
- Lifting and moving patients and emergency response principles. Cardiac Emergencies, including ACLS and BLS techniques,understanding equipment and implementing a plan for organization equipment.
- Trauma Care, including assessment, bleeding control, splinting, and burn management.
- Neurological Issues, including assessment, AMS, seizures, diabetic emergencies, and stroke.
- Pediatric Emergencies, including PALS