Updates on Our Work: Improving Patient Care in Partner Hospitals

Nurses enrolled in the first postgraduate training program at Hospital da Criança e Maternidade, Brazil


Your support made this summer and fall productive for our programs staff and medical volunteers. Here are a few highlights about our work to improve care for children with heart disease:

  • Pediatric cardiac care nurses at our Center of Excellence Amrita Institute of Medical Science in Kochi, India, received 12 days of intensive, hands-on training led by Children’s Heartlink. This Nurse Residency Program designed by nursing experts, and our long-time volunteers, is the only one of its kind in India. Its goal is to help cardiac nurses develop a proactive approach while caring for their patients. Amrita, our longest-term partner, plans to expand this training for nurses from other hospitals.
  • Prospective partner Serdang Hospital in Malaysia welcomed a medical team from Birmingham Children’s Hospital in England, for a first training visit. Serdang Hospital will become our second partner hospital in Malaysia.
  • A team from Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, England, went on their first assessment visit with Children’s HeartLink to Qingdao Women and Children’s Hospital in China. Our newest volunteer team hails from one of the largest children’s hospitals in the UK.
  • Volunteers from Mayo Clinic and Children’s Minnesota trained heart specialists on infection control and postoperative care at Hospital da Criança e Maternidade (HCM), Sao Jose do Rio Preto, Brazil. HCM has been our partner since 2009 and is on track to become the sixth Children’s HeartLink Center of Excellence.
  • And in September, 24 cardiac nurses in Brazil began an 18-month postgraduate training course designed by nursing leaders at Hospital da Criança e Maternidade to improve the quality of postoperative care in the intensive care unit. Children’s HeartLink has provided financial resources to support scholarships for enrollees and plans to engage our medical volunteers to participate in training.

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