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A 5-Day Course Model on Knowledge and Prevention of Serious Occupational Infections in Operating Theatre Rooms
by Etienne Odimba
What is a five-day course on knowledge and prevention of serious occupational infections at operating theatre?
The author felt there was a need to empower health staff with a workshop in knowledge and prevention skills about occupational serious infections. It was especially important to those staff and patients in operating theatre, constantly at risk of contact with someone’s body fluid! This is crucial in Sub-Saharan African countries where these infections are frequent and HIV/AIDS epidemic of high prevalence
The first innovating course at the Lusaka University Teaching Hospital used experienced trainers and improvised with the limited resources available. The results were very satisfactory and the course was highly recommended.
As a result, more than three quarters of participants’ recommendations to the management have been fulfilled. This led to renovations of the main theatres, tremendous improvement on PPE, small equipment, sanitation and services.
About the Author
Etienne B. F. K. Odimba is professor of surgery at the University of Zambia and Consultant general and visceral surgery; an Emeritus Professor of the University of Lubumbashi (DRC); Member of French Academic of Surgery; Faculty Member of IASGO; Ph.D Proposals Reviewers Committee at the Welcome Trust Funded Southern Africa Centres of Research Excellence (SACORE) Member and Permanent member of many University and school of Medicine specialized committees.
Odimba’s research works (fundamental and applied) are numerous: more than 150 scientific conference participations, tremendous publications of books and articles in peer review journals. He also enjoys of several distinguished hounors, prizes and other awards from various scientific institutions.
(2014, Paperback, 74 pages)