Training for Better Patient Care in Chechnya

surgical and cardiovascular intensive care unit of the Republican Emergency Hospital (REH) in Grozny *** Local Caption *** Fin 2010, MSF décide d?ouvrir un projet de cardiologie et de réanimation au sein de Hopital républicain d'urgence de Grozny, dans l'unité de chirurgie et de réanimation cardio-vasculaire. Compte tenu des faiblesses du système sanitaire et des lacunes dans le domaine de la cardiologie, MSF entend améliorer la capacité des cardiologues tchétchènes à diagnostiquer et à traiter les patients admis aux urgences. <br/> Les premiers mois d?activités ont été consacrés à la mise en place des équipements, consommables et médicaments ainsi qu?à la formation du personnel aux techniques spécifiques de cardiologie. Commencent ensuite les consultations. Entre février et octobre 2011, le service de cardiologie des urgences a enregistré plus de 600 admissions et plus de cent patients ont pu être réanimés grâce aux défibrillateurs. <br/> At the end of 2010, MSF opened a cardiology and intensive care programme in the surgical and cardiovascular intensive care unit of surgical and cardiovascular intensive care unit of the Republican Emergency Hospital (REH) in Grozny in Grozny. Given the weaknesses in the health system and the gaps in the knowledge of the field of cardiology, the aim of MSF was to improve the ability of Chechen cardiologists to diagnose and treat emergency cases. <br/> The first few months were devoted to developing equipment, supplies and medicines, and to training staff on treatment methods specific to cardiology. Consultations with the patients then followed. Between February and October 2011, the emergency unit in the cardiology department recorded more than 600 admissions, with more than one hundred patients resuscitated using defibrillators.
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One in every six Chechnyans has cardiovascular disease. Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has been working to improve the quality of cardiovascular care in Grozny hospital since 2010. The risk factors for cardiovascular disease in Chechnya are much the same as those of most developed countries: physical inactivity, smoking, high blood pressure and diabetes. But here they are exacerbated by a lack of prevention and appropriate drugs.