BLS Training Workshop Report

BLS Training Workshop Report

Date: August 6-7, 2022 GC

Venue: Nordic Medical Training Centre

Sponsor: Nordic Medical Centre

Expected Outcome:

  1. Trainees to be introduced to basic life support, retaining fundamental theoretical knowledge
  2. Trainees to be confident in practical and technical skills when providing basic life support

Moderator: Meseret


  1. Teachers from Lideta Catholic Cathedral School (LCCS)
  2. Teachers from Nativity Girls School (NGS)
  3. Nurses from LCCS
  4. Teachers from NGS


  1. Emergency medicine doctor-Dr. Mikias
  2. Anesthesiologist-Dr. Fethia
  3. Nurse-Asmamaw
  4. Neurosurgeon- Dr. Bethelem
  5. IPIFA members- Dr. Tsegazeab, Dr. Abenezer and Dr. Seye
  6. NMC BLS certified nurses- Haregua, Aster and Getahun

Day 1

Welcome remark was given by Dr. Tsegazeab, chairperson of IPIFA, followed by Dr. Kjell, CEO of Nordic Medical Centre (NMC), as well as Tamrat, the director of LCCS.

The event continued with all attendees introducing themselves as well as all trainers introducing themselves.

A pretest examination was conducted to assess the knowledge of the participants regarding BLS before the training.


The training officially began with a PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Mikias, emergency medicine doctor, training on how to approach a patient who collapses, and once safety is ascertained, how to provide adult CPR, with Haregua providing a practical demonstration of the approach.

Figure 1: Presentation on adult CPR

Four breakout sessions were then conducted to allow the participants to practice, with two facilitators present at each station to provide direct feedback and guidance per participant.

Figure 2: Breakout sessions- practical demonstration of adult CPR

Adult CPR training was followed by training on how to achieve the recovery position by Dr. Abenezer with Dr. Tsegazeab assisting in the practical demonstration. Again, breakout sessions were then conducted for hands on skill training for the participants.

Figure 3: Recovery position-presentation and breakout session

Subsequently, we had a presentation on pediatric CPR by Dr. Fetiya, anesthesiologist, with Aster conducting the practical demonstration followed by a breakout session for participants to practice the technical skills.

Figure 4: Presentation on pediatric CPR

Similarly, presentations followed by breakout sessions for practice were conducted on adult and pediatric choking by Dr. Seye and Getahun, bleeding control and sprains by Dr. Bethelem and Asmamaw.

The group was then joined back together with the facilitators demonstrating what to do in a case scenario where a 16 year old boy suddenly collapses and is unresponsive after a head to head collision with another school boy while playing football. The main aim of the scenario being to emphasis the relevance of taking control of the environment during an emergency and the importance of building a team and working in a team.

Figure 5: Facilitators conducting a case scenario to demonstrate teamwork

The day ended with feedback obtained from the participants using a feedback form and a brief orientation of the schedule for the next day.

Day 2

The day began with a brief summary by the facilitators of each topic they presented the day before.

The facilitators were then divided into 6 groups for each station, allowing all participants to be evaluated on their skills for a five minute period using checklists devised by the facilitators, that is, OSCE type of skill exam:

Station AAdult CPR
Station BPediatric CPR
Station CRecovery position
Station DAdult and pediatric choking
Station EBleeding control
Station FSprain management

Figure 6: OSCE skill exam

Once completed, direct feedback was provided to each participant by showing them their individual results achieved at each station by the facilitators.

Next, the participants were again randomly divided into three groups with three different case scenarios provided in each group. Each group was made to rotate and experience the 3 scenarios, the main aim being to provide further practice and assess how they work as a team.


Figure 7: Participants conducting case scenarios

Finally, the participants came together to provide feedback for the day followed by conduction of the post test to assess the effect of the training. The feedback showed that:

  • 100% of participants stated the course was relevant
  • 90.9% were fully confident they would use the content covered in the future without further assistance and
  • 72.7% were fully confident they would be able to teach what they learned without further intervention

Figure 8: Feedback and post test conduction

The day ended with certificates distributed by main supporter and sponsor Dr. Kjell from Nordic Medical Centre to the participants as well as the trainers, followed by a group photo.

Figure 9: Certification and group photo

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