Latter-day Saint Charities Updates

Managing Complicated Deliveries in China

Instructor and students at ALSO training in China

On November 9, LDS Charities partnered with Hebei Medical University in Shijiazhuang, China to hold first Advanced Life Support Obstetrics (ALSO) training. The ALSO program is a train-the-trainer program designed to help doctors and nurses first learn and then teach other medical professionals how to manage potential emergencies in the delivery room.

Johnson & Johnson Medical Services Division provided supplies so that participants could practice suturing techniques, while LDS Charities provided mannequins and other equipment that will continue to be used for training at the participating hospitals.

The first part of the training was a hands-on course for instructors in both medical and teaching techniques, taught by LDS Charities trainers and local ALSO-certified instructors. After completing the training course, the students taught a course to health care providers on what they’d learned at a local hospital. Once they correctly taught the provider’s course, they became ALSO-certified instructors themselves.

After the provider’s course at the Pingshan Hospital, three of those who helped provide the training—Anne Clark, a technical specialist with LDS Charities; Dr. Sun, the hospital director; and Dr. Zhang Hui Xin, who helped organize the course—ran into one of the recently certified doctors, Dr. Zhao Yan Ting.

Beaming from ear to ear, she said, “I’ve saved three mothers and one baby.”

By noon that day, Dr. Zhao had already attended three complicated but successful deliveries. The instructor’s course had given her hands-on experience with the exact skills she needed to treat a post-partum hemorrhage, excessive bleeding, and an infant abnormal heart rate.

Sixty doctors, including Dr. Zhao, were trained as part of the three-day ALSO training program, and over the next two months, another 170 people from eight hospitals received all or part of the training.

The aim of this training is to help these life-saving techniques spread throughout the Hebei Province and eventually become part of the medical school curriculum in China.