Lifesaving skills that make a difference!!

By Gwen Ellis, RN


Staff members of Hospital Arco Iris
participating in the ACLS course

HOPE worldwide Bolivia had the wonderful opportunity to participate in teaching the Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course at Hospital Arco Iris. Dr.Jorge Blanco and Gwendolyn Ellis RN,BSN provided the medical interns and nursing staff in the emergency department with lifesaving interventions designed to deal with emergency situations such as heart attack and stroke.

“Knowledge will bring you the opportunity to make a difference.”
Claire Fagin

IMG_0206Our special guests were the Director of Hospital Guanay, Dr. Patricia Ninaja and Dr. Rodolfo Herrera joined the ACLS course.

What makes them exceptional? They transferred a patient the previous day from their 20 healthcare staffed Hospital to Hospital Arco Iris. Hospital Guanay is located seven hours away by car in the Yungas region, better known as, the Amazon jungle area. Having heard about the class they decided to stay an extra day in La Paz before returning to the Yungas so that they could participate and learn.

IMG_02162Because they had a great experience with the class they want to share this opportunity in Guanay. Hospital Arco Iris next month is planning another ACLS course for all of the medical staff of Hospital Guanay to increase the survival rate of many people who go into cardiac arrest in rural areas. This is definitely knowledge that makes a difference!!


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