Theatre procedures performed at Knysna Hospital in the Eden district of the Western Cape and their application to post graduate training of family physicians

Du Plessis, D. A.
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Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch
BACKGROUND:Family physicians are trained to enable them to staff community health centres and primary care hospitals. Part of this training is teaching them procedural skills for anaesthetics and surgery. Knysna hospital is a training facility for family medicine registrars and this article aims to evaluate if sufficient learning opportunities exist in Knysna hospital’s theatre to teach family medicine registrars procedural skills. METHODS:A descriptive study was undertaken of the number and type of procedures performed in Knysna hospital theatre for a one year period, and compared with the required skills,as stipulated in the national training outcomes, for the discipline. RESULTS:Three thousand seven hundred and forty one procedures were performed during the study period. Anaesthesia was the most common procedure, followed by caesarean section. There were adequate opportunities for teaching most core skills. CONCLUSIONS: There were sufficient opportunities for a registrar to be taught all the core skills that are exclusive to theatre. Further research is needed to evaluate Knysna hospital as a training facility for all procedural skills.
AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Geen opsomming beskikbaar.
Thesis (MFamMed)--Stellenbosch University, 2014.
Physicians (General practice) -- Training of -- South Africa -- Knysna, UCTD, Family medicine -- Study and teaching -- South Africa -- Knysna