Hemostasis Wet lab trainings held in Nairobi & Kampala

In aligning itself with the Johnson & Johnson Credo, Ethicon Biosurgery in MISSA has continued to strengthen its responsiveness to the Health Systems in which it operates. Key challenges to these Health Systems include rapidly expanding populations, scarce resources, Terrorism and a re-emergence of previously neutered diseases. These emergent challenges have grown in tandem with a growing middle class that has ushered in a new challenge of lifestyle diseases. These challenges have greatly stretched the resources that are available to the Health Sector in respective Countries. Strategies that shorten duration of hospitalization such as patient blood management, minimally invasive approaches to medical procedures and Infection Prevention emerge as key aspects in increasing efficiency in resource use. Governments and the WHO now place emphasis on Health Systems Strengthening across the African Continent and indeed across the World-the adoption of policies or practices that maximize efficiency in the Health Systems.

Ethicon Biosurgery kick-started 2014 with Hemostasis Wet-lab training at the Nairobi Surgical Skills Center for a multi-specialty team of surgeons from Kenya and Uganda. The nursing aspect of surgery was represented among the delegates by two experienced Theater Nurses. The Faculty comprised Professor Nawwal Al-Attar who is a Glasgow based Consultant Cardiothoracic surgeon, and Dr Eddie Hampton who is a Consultant Hematologist from Sheffield in the UK.  The J& J team comprised Stephen Murray the MISSA Prof-Ed Manager, Beckircan Kaynak the MISSA Field Marketing Manager for Biosurgery, Danson Mwaniki the Biosurgery Business Unit Manager in Kenya and the now tested and proven NSSC Team!

The Course followed the usual template of lectures in the morning hours followed by the animal lab in the afternoon but not quite! A surprise session for the delegates had been included; A Health Economics session that was ably led by Gerhard Bothma of J$J’s (MEEP) Health Economics and Reimbursement who had travelled from Dubai for this Course. The economics of blood excited an animated debate. It brought into focus the nonclinical implications of transfusions on individual patients and the Hospital balance sheets as well. The faster recoveries associated with lower rates of transfusions was discussed, the savings on OR time, duration in ICU, Time spent on Ward beds and consequently the lower pressure on Nursing Resources which are effectively freed up to serve other patients which means a higher patient turn over, better savings on the patients’ time, both hospital and the overall health sector resources.

The Nairobi Course was quickly followed by a second very successful Course in Kampala Uganda on the 4th of April. Joseph Nsereko the Biosurgery Product Specialist in Uganda, the entire Ugandan Team and Danson from Kenya worked to put together the 1st  J& J organized Wet-lab in Uganda, an effort that went surprisingly well as gathered from the feedback from the delegates and the subsequent, notable changes in their surgical practice. The faculty were experienced Ugandan Surgeons who had passed through the NSSC Hemostasis Course of 2013.  This Course was taking place in the new Makerere University’s School of Medicine Skills Lab-a Lab whose launch was happening on the same day and was graced by the Canadian High Commissioner to Uganda with his delegation! The two events ran simultaneously. The Ugandan Team met its objectives in the Course-Skills transfer, while  Makerere University met its own as well-show casing for the Canadian Guests what the  skills lab was meant to achieve for the Ugandan Healthcare System- The support of skills transfer for the surgical fraternity in Uganda.


Ethicon Biosurgery is committed to deliver effective blood management strategies to surgeons across Sub-Sahara Africa using proven skills transfer techniques and discussions in simulated bleeding environments. By this we shall have done our part in helping our customers and the Health Systems in general meet their goals of delivering high standards of surgical outcomes amidst scarce resources!