Medical conference starts here Wednesday

A
three-day conference for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals will
be held at Camana Bay this week.

The
Medical and Nursing Conference begins Wednesday and aims to explore the latest
trends and best practices in tertiary patient care.

This
is the fifth time the conference has been held. It is organised by Cayman Islands Health Services
Authority and the Cayman Islands Nursing Association in partnership with Baptist
Health International Center of Miami, a division of Baptist Health South
Florida.

 “We are honoured that more than 18 clinical
and medical care professionals will participate in this important conference,”
said Donna Lee Wilson, manager of the clinical specialty practice at Baptist
Health South Florida.”

The
conference, directed by Hazel Brown, chief nursing officer of the Cayman
Islands Health Services Authority, will offer information about advances in
medical technology, diagnoses and clinical practices.

Sessions
will cover a wide range of topics, including: clinical performance and
documentation; quality improvement issues; management of rheumatoid arthritis;
management of trauma in children; management of patients with renal disease;
wound management; HIV/AIDS; hemodynamics; heart failure; and stroke.

Attendees
who attend the conference at Hollywood Theatres in Camana Bay, which finishes
on Friday, will receive CME credits.

 “Our group responds to the requirements and
needs of the Health Services Authority,” said Ms Wilson.

She
said that although Cayman has no cardiology or neurosurgery units, it is still
necessary for medical staff to know how to provide pre-intervention care for
patients who would go on to receive cardiology or neurosurgery care overseas.
“We try to give them the information that will help best take care of the
patient,” she said.

Ms
Wilson has visited the critical care unit and other divisions of the Cayman
Islands Hospital and said she was impressed by the high standard of equipment
and the monitoring and documentation system used at the hospital.

Ana
Bassil, international relations and protocol manager for Baptist Health
International Centre, said delegates, including doctors, were anxious to share
information with their counterparts in Cayman about subjects that are relevant to
medical practitioners here.

“This
conference is something wonderful that Hazel Brown implemented… it gets bigger
and bigger every year,” she said.

Half
of the 18 delegates are being flown for free by Cayman Airlines to Cayman.

In
previous years, there have been separate conferences for nurses and physicians,
but this year, these have been combined into one conference.

“We
are committed to ensuring that all healthcare practitioners in the Cayman
Islands have access to continuing education and training on some of the latest
trends in the field,” said Ms Brown. “Baptist Health International has been an
integral partner in offering this event to the medical community, and we hope
to continue working together to provide ongoing professional development and
enhanced patient care in the island nation.” 

The
conference will be followed by the Eloise Reid Award for Nursing Excellence
Luncheon, at which this year’s award-winning nurse practitioner will be
recognised for his or her knowledge of current health trends and involvement in
the local community.

For
more information and to register for the Medical and Nursing Conference,
contact Barbara Musson at [email protected] or 244-2614.

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