Functional Approach to Voiding Dysfunction and Basic Urodynamics Principles for Nurses

Functional Approach to Voiding Dysfunction and Basic Urodynamics Principles for Nurses

On the 20th of May Prima Vista training center hosted long-awaited workshop on urodynamics. This workshop was in a way special because for the first time it was designed not for doctors but for nurses.

To enhance the effect of our equipment we are to help nurses working with urodynamic systems on the regular basis to extend their knowledge in order to improve the quality of their assistance and make it more professional, safer, and more efficient. Qualified help from nurses will also create spare time for patients and doctors without compromising on quality or results of the procedures.

Nurses from different hospitals of Dubai and Abu Dhabi were invited to attend this workshop. Our lecturer was Doctor Mario Patricolo. HOD and Consultant Pediatric Surgeon, Al Noor Hospital. Chair of the Special Interest Group Continence and Bowl Management-WFNR Member of the ICS Children and Young Adults Committee ICCR Regional Representative for the Middle East.

It was one-day extensive workshop with carefully developed program.  It started with a lecture on advanced anatomy and physiology of urinary system and standardisation of terminology to be further continued with more specific issues on bowel and bladder.

During the practice that followed the lecture, we used Laborie urodynamic system together with male and female training simulators. It was done to accomplish procedures from beginning to the end, which created favorable conditions for clear demonstration and better understanding of working proses. Practice started with uroflow procedure aimed at testing the amount of urine and the speed of urination combined with Electromyography (EMG). The participants also got a perfect opportunity to observe cystometry procedure and catheterization in practice.

Doctor Mario Patricolo took his responsibilities not only for sharing his knowledge but also for controlling the outcome of this workshop by using survey at the beginning of the course and at the end to make sure that progress made during training was evident. Doctor Mario also admitted that it was impressive to observe how focused and attentive our participants were all the way though this long day.

As usual, at the end of the workshop we seek the feedback of the participants. Most of the nurses were impressed with the quality of this training, it was appreciated being the first workshop of such type as well as being informative to them

All the participants were awarded with 5.25 CME hours, which makes this workshop even more valuable to the participants.

In conclusion, this workshop was highly acclaimed by both the lecturer and the participants, who expressed their opinions and recommendations in anonymous survey that followed the workshop. Participants different opinions and comments will be accounted in our planned further workshops. Nevertheless, our specialized team will be in continuous contact with the nurses making sure that they are able to perform UD tests and be at higher assistance to the doctors.

Alena Ulantsikava

STC Representative