KCE SHIPS CRITICAL PANDEMIC HARDWARE TO COLLEAGUES IN GHANA AND PERU
With overwhelming numbers of COVID-19 patients now being managed by our colleagues in hospitals sites worldwide, KCE has now begun shipping critical equipment to assist physicians with personal protection from the virus. KCE has shipped the “Thalia COVID-19 Intubation Box” to the main hospitals in both Ghana and Peru. These are sites which KCE has supported with KCE’s DynaMed software and where we have ongoing active projects. The innovative infection control plexiglass box is used during intubation of critically ill patients to reduce staff exposure to infectious secretions that might transmit COVID-19. The box is produced by Chris Bradley, a guitar-maker in Pleasant Hill, California, who is collaborating directly with Dr. Ron Dieckmann, KCE Executive Director, in the new project. The box has been highly acclaimed in American medical literature as an ingenious, safety innovation likely to save untold numbers of physicians from illness and even death. It is illustrated in the series of images below:
How it works:
Medical staff wraps cling wrap around the acrylic Thalia box sealing off hand holes and body cavity.
Thalia Box is placed over the patient's head and neck, forming an aerosol barrier between patient and care providers.
Medical staff pushes hands through the sealed arm holes and performs endotracheal intubation on the patient.
KCE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HONORED BY CALIFORNIA PEDIATRIC PROGRAM
Dr. Ron Dieckmann, KCE Executive Director, received the 2019 Watson Award, celebrating over 30 years of career advocacy and leadership that resulted in improved prehospital and emergency care for children throughout the state of California. Dr. Dieckmann received the aware in recognition of his long career as first the architect of the state's original emergency care system for children, then as a member of the state pediatric advisory committee for three decades. He created the first state EMSC Committee in the 1990's when he served as the lead consultant to the state EMSC Program and subsequently to the national EMSC Program. In 1996, he co-authored the first California EMSC bill to establish the state office for children's emergencies. Most recently, he helped write and implement the new California Pediatric Regulations, passed in 2019 as the nation's first statewide regulations protecting care and safety of children in ambulances and emergency departments. Congratulations, Dr. Dieckmann!
KCE TREKS TO LIMA
AND THE AMAZON
Dr. Ron Dieckmann led a KidsCareEverywhere mission to Lima Peru and the Amazonian town of Uquitos in December, 2019. During an International Global Health Conference in Lima, Dr. Dieckmann, Executive Director of KidsCareEverywhere, delivered an address on “Mobile Apps in Global Health”. The address inspired the global audience, physicians from throughout Latin America, who were provided the DynaMed app by volunteer Patty Gates in a virtual stampede after Dr. Dieckmann’s address. The team trained 48 people in Lima, then traveled to the remote Amazon River town of Iquitos, near the Brazilian border, where they trained another 47 Amazonian area physicians in two regional hospitals. The Iquitos training was conducted in concert with an American ultrasound organization who were staging a full day of technical training during a conference “Ultrasonida en Emergencia”.
KCE RETURNED TO PERU FOR ITS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR!
KidsCareEverywhere returned to Peru for its 4th consecutive year and trained over 400 physicians at three of the largest public hospitals in Lima as well as a medical school in Lima. Peru has been one of our most successful sites and we are delighted with the results of this trip. Our team was led by, Dr. Victor Silvestre (Board Member) and along side him was Dr. Andrea Dreyfuss, who is originally from Peru and led our Peru 2018 mission, Dr. Melena Outhay, our global health fellow this year, Judith Roberts and Anna-Lisa Silvestre.
DR. RONALD DIECKMANN AND
DR. MONICA McMILLAN
MET WITH EBSCO
Dr. Ron Dieckmann, Executive Director of KCE, and Board Member Dr. Monica McMillan traveled to EBSCO Health in Ipswich MA in July to work on impact strategy for KCE at our teaching and donation sites on three continents. The meetings between Drs. Dieckmann and McMillan and EBSCO Senior Vice President Betsy Jones resulted in a widened relationship between the organizations that will allow more innovative methods of distribution of the software and easier sustainability of the software with the physicians at the sites. EBSCO develops and owns the DynaMed Plus software and gifts it to KCE for distribution in selected sites around the world.
An additional feature of the collaborative meeting was the introduction and demonstration of the upcoming, upgraded version of the software, to be called simply “DynaMed," in late 2019. The new software, which will soon be available to KCE sites, has a significantly improved user interface, search engine and feature set. KCE will begin using the new software version for all site visits after January, 2020. One expanded feature of the new platform will be longer time-outs of the licenses being donated, so that renewals will be greatly simplified for users—a modification that will strongly support better sustainability.
KCE RETURNS TO PERU FOR ITS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR!
KCE is returning to Peru October 2019 for it's fourth consecutive year. We will be taking a team of 4 including three physicians and one staff member to train at 3 hospitals in Lima and one medical school. Over the last three years, we have established strong relationships with the leadership at all of these sites and found their enthusiasm and usage of DynaMed Plus deserving of more attention and time in Peru. We are eager to return and look forward to seeing our friends in Lima again and open to developing new relationships at more hospitals in Lima.
KCE TRAINED OVER 750 PHYSICIANS IN INDIA - OUR LARGEST TRAINING YET!
KidsCareEverywhere returned to India and conducted its largest mission yet! Trainings were conducted at four hospitals - University College of Medical Sciences, a public hospital in Delhi, Dayanand Medical College in Ludhiana, Hospital Government Medical College, the public hospital in Amritsar and SRCC Children's Hospital in Mumbai. Our team trained over 750 doctors on this trip. Doctors at all three locations were enthusiastic and eager to incorporate DynaMed Plus into their everyday practice. We look forward to continuing these important partnerships in India with a very competent and passionate base of doctors.
KCE WENT TO NEPAL!
KidsCareEverywhere went to Nepal in January, 2019. Eighty-six doctors were trained in four sessions. Among them were 27 Residents, 43 Interns, and 15 Attending Physicians. Several new graduates (who would be posted in rural districts where they would be the only doctor) advised that having DynaMed Plus as a resource greatly increased their confidence. Some doctors were not able to attend in person because of distance, so for the first time KCE offered remote training. The hospital administrators are so enthusiastic about DynaMed Plus that they requested that KCE provide training remotely every year to 50 medical students. This new model is under consideration.
KCE GLOBAL HEALTH FELLOW PRESENTS TO GLOBAL HEALTH CONFERENCE IN CUSCO, PERU
Elaine Yang, MD, this year’s KCE Global Health Fellow to Peru, will present a poster at the National Global Health conference in Cusco, Peru on November 29, 2018, describing our record-breaking KCE training mission in August 2018. The medical software KCE distributes (DynaMed Plus) is donated to KCE by EBSCO Health in Ipswich Ma, for use in selected public hospitals in the low income world.
Dr. Yang, resident in emergency medicine at Highland Hospital in Oakland CA, and Dr. Andrea Dreyfuss, attending physician at Highland, along with KCE Program Director Bianca Maron, conducted seven days of training at four different hospitals and one medical school in Lima, Peru and gathered data to evaluate the acceptance and efficacy of the DynaMed Plus software for Peruvian physicians. The goals of the overall project was to continue the valued relationships with medical leaders in Lima that began with the first KCE trip in 2016, as well as to train physicians at new hospitals-- including Hospital Nacional Arzobispo Loayza and Instituto Nacional de Salud del Niño. The 2018 training also included the local medical school, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM) that supplies medical students to all of the hospitals in Lima. In total, the team led 4 trainings at Dos de Mayo, 1 training at Cayetano Heredia, 2 trainings at Loayza, 6 trainings at El Niño, 1 training at UNMSM and trained over 400 clinicians in the use of the web-based and mobile app versions of DynaMed Plus.
KCE BOARD MEMBER WINS PRESTIGIOUS TEACHING AWARD FROM KAISER
KCE board member, Victor Silvestre, was awarded the Teaching Award for Excellence at Kaiser. "The Teaching Awards for Excellence acknowledge the extraordinary accomplishments of practicing clinicians who also impart their knowledge and skill to others.
The Awards recognize TPMG physicians who make significant contributions to the clinical education of their colleagues, and to the graduate medical education of Kaiser Permanente residents."
Below is a brief summary from Kaiser of what makes Dr. Silvestre so deserving of this award. Click here to watch a short video about Dr. Silvestre and his tremendous and inspiring work.
When asked to talk about Dr. Victor Silvestre and his skills as an educator and clinician, colleagues are nothing short of effusive. Among descriptions like “brilliant,” “humble,” and “utterly phenomenal,” there’s a subject that comes up almost invariably: “Vic’s pearls.”
Dr. Silvestre leads clinical education sessions at KP Oakland at 7:30 every Thursday morning, where his “pearls” of wisdom are legendary. His sessions are designed to help internal medicine physicians prepare for board recertification exams, but many doctors attend simply for the joy of learning, captivated by his “entertaining approach” and “stunning breadth of knowledge.”
“Dr. Silvestre’s teaching style is interactive, creative, and even whimsical,” says Peggy Desler, MD, chief of professional education for the East Bay. “He incorporates comedic or timely editorials
to make the material memorable. And he creates a safe place for discussion, for everyone from interns to senior colleagues.”
Dr. Silvestre developed these sessions in 1988 while in private practice, and then brought them to TPMG in 2005. Three years ago, he added a monthly lunchtime session that uses polling technology to accommodate a larger crowd. He also mentors colleagues on practice improvement, teaches residents, and serves as a senior medical consultant for physicians with challenging cases.
“Dr. Silvestre embodies the clinician leader we all strive to be, a physician who shares his wisdom and warmth with patients and colleagues alike,” says Rita Ng, MD, physician-in-chief, KP Oakland.
KCE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SPEAKS AT HARVARD SYMPOSIUM
Dr. Ron Dieckmann, Executive Director of KidsCareEverywhere, presented the KidsCareEverywhere (KCE) story to a large audience of Harvard alumni during a special symposium on nonprofit organizations hosted in Cambridge October 13, 2018. The symposium, held during the proceedings of Harvard’s annual alumni weekend, was sponsored by ClassACT (Class Achieving Change Together), an alumni organization at Harvard dedicated to assisting charity organizations to achieve positive change.
Dr. Dieckmann expressed his appreciation for inclusion of KCE in the special event: “The Harvard event was a huge and exciting opportunity to enlarge the KCE family and get wonderful national exposure for our organization. There were so many expressions of support for the work we have done and offers of assistance a for our future missions that I know many, many good things will develop from this. Plus, it was so gratifying to tell our tales of service in the impoverished world to the members of the Harvard community, who are searching for good news of collaborative and philanthropic activities in a world background fraught with frightening levels of American xenophobia.”
Image: Dr. Dieckmann (seated in middle) telling the KCE story at the Harvard symposium in Cambridge