Workshop dedicated to obstetric emergencies

Taller sobre emergencia obstétricas en Cuba 2023

La Habana, May 15, 2023 - In the framework of the XVIII Congress of the Cuban Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, held last week in Havana, the "Training Workshop for Trainers in Obstetric Emergencies" was held, organized by this Society, in conjunction with the Cuban Society of Anesthesiology, the Representation of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in the country, and the Latin American Centre for Perinatology, Women's Health and Reproductive Health (CLAP/WR) of PAHO.

The meeting, which took place at the Hospital Docente Ginecobstétrico "Ramón González Coro", a national reference institution for these issues, was aimed at training obstetricians and anaesthesiologists for better management of obstetric emergencies. It was attended by 30 doctors from various provinces of the country and the Special Municipality of the Isle of Youth (MEIJ). The inaugural conference was given by Dr. Regino Antonio Oviedo Rodríguez, a renowned Cuban specialist from the "Enrique Cabrera" General Teaching Hospital, who shared studies on this type of emergency and its main causes in the country.

Among the lecturers were Dr. C. Claudio Gerardo Sosa Fuertes, advisor to CLAP/WR, and Dr. Mauricio Vasco Ramírez, academic from CES University. Dr. Sosa Fuertes' presentation was dedicated to the Zero Maternal Deaths Project, an initiative focused on reducing maternal morbidity and mortality in the Americas. Dr. Vasco Ramirez discussed code red and non-technical competencies in the management of obstetric emergencies. Also present were Dr. Yudmila Rodríguez Verdecia, Head of the Anaesthesia Service of the institution, and Dr. Duniesky Cintra Cala, consultant of the PAHO/WHO Representation, both coordinators of the activity.

The meeting included practical and simulation exercises, for which the group was divided into two teams. Through workshops that included participatory dynamics, demonstrations were given on the use of the non-pneumatic anti-shock suit, haemostatic sutures and packing; devices and procedures useful for the treatment of obstetric haemorrhage. Simulations were also carried out on cerebral-cardiopulmonary resuscitation in pregnant women and the management of sepsis was studied in depth based on the analysis of cases.

On the closing day, Dr. Vasco Ramírez gave a lecture on thromboembolic phenomena.

The participants acknowledged the theoretical and practical methodology used, as well as the dynamics created by the discussions of cases and the exchange of experiences. The course met its objectives and it was agreed to organise new editions in different parts of the country.