Resuscitation Committee Report 2009
Prof BJS Diedericks
- Dr Guillermo Navarro (Argentina)
- Dr M O Ababneh (Jordan)
- Prof Claude Martin (France)
- Prof Grace Herbosa (Vice Chairperson) (Philippines)
- Prof BJS (Johan) Diedericks (Chairman) (South Africa)
The committee made slow progress, but some projects did move forward.
Communication with individual members is difficult, but eventually all
members did respond to E-mail communication. Two meetings between the
chairperson and Dr. M O Ababneh took place where priorities for the
Middle East area were discussed. Dr Grace Herbosa also had discussions
with Dr Enright and Dr Nuevo on intensive care issues.
Though the previous committee requested that intensive care be dropped
from the committee job description that was not done before new members
were appointed – thus some members are dedicated intensivists. However
it is now accepted that in future the committee will have a narrower
scope of work which will exclude trauma and intensive care. For the time
being, some intensive care initiatives will be continued.
Dr. M O Ababneh started a resuscitation training programme with own
resources in Amman, but cannot keep up with the demand. He needs
assistance by way of additional equipment, travel expenses and more
people to assist with training requests in Jordan and the surrounding
Prof Grace Herbosa will pursue an initiative to create simple training
modules and standardised guidelines for use by units with limited
resources. In essence modules will be prepared on critical care issues
and how to recognize and treat using simple surrogate monitoring
parameters as well as mentioning the state of the art methods. She will
be assisted by members in the committee that have an interest in
Critical Care. She is in the process of defining what modules to
The Africa Resuscitation training pilot made some progress. Sponsors
disappeared in the current economic climate, but trainers have been
identified and material developed for use. The pilot hospitals still
have to be identified. Hopefully the first visits will be done late 2009
or early 2010.
Prof BJS Diedericks
Chairman: Subspecialty Committee for Resuscitation.