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Columbia Asia Hospitals, Global Health Alliance and University of Leeds jointly train Cardiac Care Technicians: India

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Dr. Karthik Vasudevan, Sr. Consultant – Interventional Cardiology, Dr. Kanchan Sanyal, Chief of Medical Services, Ms. Rhona Riley Lead of Cardiac Physiology at the University of Leeds and Dr. Prabhakar Shetty, Chief of Cardiology – Columbia Asia Hospitals, Bangalore with the first batch of Cardiac Care Technicians at Columbia Asia Referral Hospital – Yeshwanthpur (Bangalore)

Dr. Karthik Vasudevan, Sr. Consultant – Interventional Cardiology, Dr. Kanchan Sanyal, Chief of Medical Services, Ms. Rhona Riley Lead of Cardiac Physiology at the University of Leeds and Dr. Prabhakar Shetty, Chief of Cardiology – Columbia Asia Hospitals, Bangalore with the first batch of Cardiac Care Technicians

With aim to constantly upgrade the skills of cardiac technicians, three renowned healthcare orgs has collaborated to train technicians in India.  Columbia Asia Hospitals, Global Health Alliance and University of Leeds will jointly run a certification program for Cardiac Care Technicians in India.

The first batch has successfully undergone a six month course that was organized at Columbia Asia Referral Hospital – Yeshwanthpur (Bangalore) to train nurses and healthcare professionals to become CCTs. The course was led by Rhona Riley, Lead of Cardiac Physiology at the University of Leeds and Dr. Prabhakar Shetty, Chief of Cardiology – Columbia Asia Hospitals, Bangalore with support of the cardiology team and Dr. Chandrika Kambam Vice President, Clinical Services.

In India, there is need to adapt latest technology by healthcare segment to deliver efficient services. This course is a structured and systematic way for skilling the technicians that are required for quality patient care. This course will enable the Cardiac Care technicians to operate various procedures along with the cardiologists in the catheterization lab and cardiology department.

The program involved:

  • 6 Months Module created by University of Leeds
  • Faculty from UK
  • A Local Mentor – Chief of Cardiology Department, Columbia Asia Bangalore
  • Hospital Clinical Attachments
  • Assessment at the end of the course by faculty from UK
  • Certification from the University of Leeds as ‘Cardiac Care Technician’on passing all the modules

The skills achieved by the Cardiac Care technician include:

  • Perform 12 Lead ECG
  • Basic ECG Interpretation & Cardiac Monitoring
  • Ambulatory BP Application and Understanding
  • Ambulatory ECG Application
  • ECG Event Recorder Application
  • Assist in various Cath-Lab Procedures
  • Assist with Exercise Tolerance Testing
  • Prepare patients for Cardiac Diagnostic Testing, Pacemaker follow up, Echocardiography
  • Team Management and Professionalism

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