Developing the First Highly Specialized Neurosurgical Center of Excellence in Trujillo, Peru : Work in Progress-Results of the First Four Months

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Choque-Velasquez , J , Colasanti , R , Baffigo-Torre , V , Estela Sacieta-Carbajo , L , Olivari-Heredia , J , Falcon-Lizaraso , Y , Huber Mallma-Torres , J , Elera-Florez , H & Hernesniemi , J 2017 , ' Developing the First Highly Specialized Neurosurgical Center of Excellence in Trujillo, Peru : Work in Progress-Results of the First Four Months ' , World Neurosurgery , vol. 102 , pp. 334-339 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wneu.2017.01.063

Title: Developing the First Highly Specialized Neurosurgical Center of Excellence in Trujillo, Peru : Work in Progress-Results of the First Four Months
Author: Choque-Velasquez, Joham; Colasanti, Roberto; Baffigo-Torre, Virginia; Estela Sacieta-Carbajo, Luisa; Olivari-Heredia, Jacqueline; Falcon-Lizaraso, Yolanda; Huber Mallma-Torres, Juan; Elera-Florez, Humberto; Hernesniemi, Juha
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Clinicum
University of Helsinki, HUS Neurocenter
University of Helsinki, Clinicum
Date: 2017-06
Language: eng
Number of pages: 6
Belongs to series: World Neurosurgery
ISSN: 1878-8750
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/297844
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Economic, cultural, and geographical reasons usually limit the access to specialized health centers in developing countries, especially in rural areas. Peruvian health system indicators still highlight significant unmet clinical need for neurosurgical patients. Our project is to develop the first highly specialized neurosurgical center in the EsSalud hospital of Trujillo, with the goal to improve the treatment of neurosurgical diseases in that region, thus optimizing their outcomes while decreasing expensive and risky patients transfer to the neurosurgical departments in the capital district. METHODS: After an initial center evaluation, 2 neurosurgeons and 2 nurses from the Helsinki University Central Hospital provided the microneurosurgical training for the local team. Moreover, our team worked closely with the local staff to develop standardized protocols for surgical procedures and postoperative management. RESULTS: From February to May 2016, 59 surgeries were performed in the new Neurosurgical Center, including cerebrovascular and skull-base cases that were never performed before in Trujillo. Moreover, the first "Cerebral Bypass and Vascular Microsurgery Live Course" was held in Trujillo in May 2016. After we left, the local team continued to work following the same protocols we introduced, and built up together. CONCLUSIONS: An effective and adequate operative skill transfer to the local staff may be accomplished in a reasonable amount of time, thus guaranteeing a longlasting improvement of neurosurgical care, while minimizing expenditures on personnel and capital. We believe that this is possible following a general microsurgical philosophy that can be simplified as follows: "simple, clean, fast, and preserving normal anatomy."
Subject: Developing countries
Neurosurgical training
Surgical missions
Sustainable surgical care
DEVELOPING-COUNTRIES
HEALTH-CARE
SURGERY
EXPERIENCE
RESOURCE
IMPACT
COST
3112 Neurosciences
3124 Neurology and psychiatry
3126 Surgery, anesthesiology, intensive care, radiology
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