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Intensive Care Nephrology workshop – Beyond BASIC Nephrology

A Post-conference Workshop of the Asia Pacific Intensive Care Symposium 2023 (APICS 2023)

In August 2023, a group of 15 healthcare practitioners from various disciplines within the National University Health System (NUHS), the National Healthcare Group (NHG), as well as institutions in Malaysia and Qatar, gathered for an intensive educational program. The course featured notable international experts, including Dr. Ross Freebairn, founder and trainer of the Beyond BASIC Nephrology Course and previously serving as President of the Asia Pacific Association of Critical Care Medicine. Accompanying him was Associate Professor Krishnaswamy Sundararajan, an experienced Intensivist from Adelaide, Australia.

On the local front, the team included Clinical Associate Professor Gerald Chua, Chair of the Medical Board (CMB) and healthcare professionals from Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH), comprising Senior Consultants Dr. Amit Kansal, Dr. Shekhar Dhanvijay, and Dr. Monika Gulati from the Department of Intensive Care Medicine; Dr. Shilpa Rastogi, Head of Division, and Senior Consultant Dr. Prashanth Ramesh Manjanabail from the Division of Renal Medicine in the Department of Medicine at NTFGH. Additionally, Dr. Manish Kaushik, a Senior Consultant from the Department of Renal Medicine at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) was also present.

The two-day workshop, held on 21 and 22 August, had a clear focus: to equip participants with an extensive understanding and proficiency in managing renal issues in critically ill patients. The learning approach incorporated a blend of lectures, small-group case-based discussions, and practical skills stations. Key takeaways from the course included essential topics such as drug dosing, prescribing Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT), troubleshooting CRRT-related challenges, addressing Chronic Kidney Disease, mastering vascular access techniques, and becoming proficient in both Intermittent Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis methods. In summary, this course provided valuable opportunities for healthcare professionals to enhance their knowledge and skills. Ultimately, it enabled them to provide optimal care for critically ill patients with renal complications.

Check out some photos below!

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Under the guidance of Clinical A/Prof Gerald Chua, the participants learned how to troubleshoot for different CRRT scenarios.

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Participants went through a skills station on Intermittent Hemodialysis led by Dr Amit Kansal.

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Dr Ross Freebairn had a case discussion with participants on Drug Dosing.

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