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This is more designed for people coming from abroad who are considering funding the setting up of a workshop.

The Reasons.

I feel that it is very important to plan these training programs with thought and care if there is a genuine desire to do the job properly.

Quickly thrown together and without proper financing these end up leaving the trainee with little knowledge in a language not his own, with inadequate workshop and tool facilities, few spares and no back up and in addition perhaps confused.

Under these conditions it is very easy to fall back in to a state of doing nothing and what little effort had been put in is wasted.

The Plan.

1. A visit to the country and hospitals concerned for about 1 week, to look at the equipment and catalogue it as per outlined classification system

To take details of the hospitals, number of operation per week, and availability of gases. To help decide how many technicians are required.

To speak to the technicians allocated for the course, to speak to the anaesthetic department and to administrators.

To assess the capacity for effective maintenance with respect to workshop facilities and tooling.

To talk shortly about a pre-training programme. This will give the visiting technician a chance to see what is involved, to prepare some spares and appropriate notes for the course.

To advise the hospital if improved facilities over what they have at the moment would be beneficial.

2. The technicians on the course should under go a pre training course in two matters.

  1. To ensure that their English is of a reasonable standard.
  2. To study the pre training programme under the guidance of the anaesthetic department.

3. Training course for about 1 month, 1 week theory, 3 weeks practical on site repairs. This gets the technicians started, there is a great deal more that they can learn, and more experience they can get.

4. A short visit about 1 year later to check that all is well and to follow-up any problems.

Further plans and ideas towards the teaching programme.

1. Each technician should be provided with a basic good quality tool kit on completing the course.

2. Encouragement should be given to makers to donate spares and training manuals for the course.

3. To try and get surgical instrument catalogues for the technicians, to be used as reference books.

4. Write a primary teaching module, to teach technicians hospitals medical technical terminology.

5. Write an outline to the main teaching module. Depending on what equipment they are to look after.

6. Encourage anaesthetic departments to provide practical experience in theatres over a number of months.

7. Encourage departments of health to set aside money for regular buying of spares and tools.

8. To teach the importance of planned maintenance.

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