The Regional One Health team traveled to Beijing, Xian and Zhenzhous, focusing their instruction time at Zhenzhous University.
Medical Director Giancarlo Mari, MD, met with Zhengzhou University President Liu Jiongtian, right, during a recent visit to share the OB F.A.S.T. (Feasible Approach to Safety Training) program.
The visit to China was the first international training trip for the team from Regional One Health, but they’ve been around the block with the material. It’s based on medical simulations Regional One Health’s High-Risk Obstetrics team began conducting about five years ago. The team traveled to England to train and quickly realized it could create its own program, which today is called OB F.A.S.T.
“The main goal is to become skilled with some of these procedures and situations, which could be very dangerous for patients,” Dr. Mari said.
Through the years, countless doctors, nurses and residents have been trained at Regional One Health. The team also has trained about 150 doctors from 20 U.S. states at an annual meeting in Destin, Florida.
But while American doctors and nurses have received the benefits of the training, the conversation began pointing toward taking the program to other countries. Two Chinese doctors trained at Regional One Health last year, one of whom invited the Memphis team to take the OB F.A.S.T. program to her hospital in China.
The training was centered on the OB F.A.S.T. manual, which was translated into Chinese. The manual includes everything the department has discussed and learned through the years. At the core of what is simulated in Memphis as well as what the team taught its Chinese counterparts is the importance of teamwork.