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The Philippine Heart Association Council on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in coordination with the Committee on Councils and Therapharma held a highly successful 2nd National Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support Training the Trainors Course last October 10-12, 2008 at the Crowne Galleria Hotel, Pasig. The event, which had as its target audience, the consultants of the different PHA accredited training institutions in Cardiology, had the following objectives:
(1)   To standardize the training program in BLS and ACLS in the different PHA accredited training institutions
(2)   To update the trainors on the latest developments in the science of resuscitation and discuss the most recent advances related to treating cardiopulmonary arrest and peri-arrest conditions.
(3)   To standardize the mode of evaluation of proficiency and certification in BLS and ACLS in the different institutions
The attendees included: Drs. Federick Cheng and Agnes del Rosario from Cardinal Santos Medical Center; Drs. Allan Romero and Nestor Bagsit of University of Santo Tomas; Drs. Ricky Tiongco, Michael Tiuseco, and Marjorie Obrado of University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital; Drs. Jonathan James Bernardo and Amilbahar Karim of St. Lukes Medical Center; Drs. Alvin dela Cruz, Rosie Lim, and Melissa Co Sia of Chinese General Hospital; Dr. Gerard Razon of Philippine Heart Center; Drs. Alex Junia and Zurina Salas of Perpetual Succour Hospital and Chong Hua Hospital in Cebu; Drs. Paolo Prado, Maggie Avelino, and Gina Alemany of The Medical City; Drs. Leah Polidario and Ryan Padua of Makati Medical Center; and Drs. John Leo Guazon and Teodoro Semana of the Bicol Chapter.
Representatives from the member societies of the National Expanded Council on CPR also attended the course: Dr. Philipp Kochoa, Emmanuel Villanueva, and Jessa Vinson (Amity Fire Brigade, Bacolod City); Alvin Nacu and Geronimo Reyes (Emergency First Response); Beda Galicia, RN (Critical Care Nurses Association of the Philippines); Julieta Varilla and Marry Grace Diamante (Lifeline); Mervicto Verduz, Anthony Melendres, and Gil Ramirez (Makati Rescue); Ritchie Angeles andRommel Antinero (Pasig Rescue); Ryan Robles and Annie Mae Denosta (MMDA Rescue); Dr. Carlos Gabriel (Philippine College of Emergency Medicine and Acute Care); and Remedios Niola (Department of Health). Dr. Orlando Ocampo, representative of the Philippine College of Surgeons attended the first day sessions.
Lectures and demonstrations on the different modules of Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support were delivered by the active members of the CPR council, under the leadership of current Chair Dr. Marcellus Francis Ramirez and immediate Past Chair Dr. Raul Ramboyong. It can be recalled that the same Training the Trainors course was conducted for the different PHA Chapters last year. Updates on the latest CPR guidelines by the American Heart Association, were emphasized, while new topics like the role of therapeutic hypothermia and other techniques to optimize resuscitation outcomes, and the role of cardiac interventions post-arrest were discussed. Hands-on workshops in basic CPR, endotracheal intubation and defibrillation were facilitated. The participants were then subjected to the routine written and Megacode examinations and an interactive type of practical examination at the culmination of the course.




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