|Year : 2011 | Volume
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Report on the international primary neurosurgical life support course in the eighth asian congress of neurological surgeons in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Takehiro Nakamura, Yasuhiko Ajimi, Hiroshi Okudera, Mikito Yamada, Izumi Toyoda, Katsuhiro Itoh, Shuei Imizu, Masaaki Iwase, Yoshihiro Natori, Hiroki Ohkuma, Teruyasu Hirayama, Katsuji Shima, Keiji Kawamoto, Yoko Kato
The Committee of Primary Neurosurgical Life Support Course, The Japan Society of Neurosurgical Emergency, Japan
|Date of Web Publication||3-Oct-2011|
Department of Neurological Surgery and Neurobiology, Kagawa University Faculty of Medicine, 1750-1, kenobe, Miki, Kita, Kagawa 761-0193
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
On November 22, 2010, a simulation-based hands-on education course for medical staff in the neurosurgical fields was held in 8 th Asian Congress of Neurological Surgeons (ACNS) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The present education course called Primary Neurosurgical Life Support (PNLS) course had been started by the Japan Society of Neurosurgical Emergency since 2008. This report summarizes the international version of PNLS course in 8 th ACNS.
Keywords: Cerebral herniation, coma scale, clinical map, Primary Neurosurgical Life Support, simulation, stroke scale
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Nakamura T, Ajimi Y, Okudera H, Yamada M, Toyoda I, Itoh K, Imizu S, Iwase M, Natori Y, Ohkuma H, Hirayama T, Shima K, Kawamoto K, Kato Y. Report on the international primary neurosurgical life support course in the eighth asian congress of neurological surgeons in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Asian J Neurosurg 2011;6:2-5
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Nakamura T, Ajimi Y, Okudera H, Yamada M, Toyoda I, Itoh K, Imizu S, Iwase M, Natori Y, Ohkuma H, Hirayama T, Shima K, Kawamoto K, Kato Y. Report on the international primary neurosurgical life support course in the eighth asian congress of neurological surgeons in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Asian J Neurosurg [serial online] 2011 [cited 2019 Nov 21];6:2-5. Available from: http://www.asianjns.org/text.asp?2011/6/1/2/85625
| Introduction|| |
Management of the acute neurosurgical emergency patients represents one of the important clinical skill required for the neurosurgical staff. The goal of care for neurosurgical emergency diseases is to minimize brain damage and maximize patient recovery. Appropriate general managements should be needed before surgical treatment. Therefore, an education course should be necessary to learn the management. The Japan Society of Neurosurgical Emergency (JSNE) has developed and performed Primary Neurosurgical Life Support (PNLS) course as the educational course since 2008. , We performed the first trial PNLS and PNLS workshop in the 14 th Annual Meeting of JSNE on January 16, 2009. After the trial, PNLS course was performed at Kansai Medical University on January 17, 2010, Tokai University on July 10, 2010, Kagawa University on October 16, 2010. We also performed PNLS workshop to train instructors at Kansai Medical University on August 16, 2009 and January 16, 2010, Nihon University on April 24, 2010. PNLS project was accepted as an official hands-on course and workshop in the 69 th Annual Meeting of the JSNE on October 28 and 29, 2010. We performed not only Japanese version but also international version of PNLS course in the 9 th International Conference of Cerebrovascular Surgery on November 12, 2009.  The PNLS project has been also accepted as an official program of the 8 th Asian Congress of Neurological Surgeons (ACNS) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on November 22, 2010. The present PNLS course which was performed in 8 th ACNS was an updated international version.
| Design of the International PNLS Course|| |
We designed subjective behavior objects as international version of PNLS course, such as 1) evaluation of consciousness level using coma scale, 2) evaluation of neurological conditions using stroke scale, 3) early detection and management of cerebral herniation, 4) learning of the representative neurosurgical cases [Table 1].
Module A: Coma scale
In this module, participants could learn to evaluate consciousness level using Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) , and Emergency Coma Scale (ECS). ,, The GCS is internationally accepted when discussing patient's consciousness level with other professionals. However, the GCS has the disadvantages of complexity especially in category of best motor response.  We introduced "Ajimi" performance to understand the category of best motor response.  The ECS was designed by Ohta in 2003 and developed by the JNE and JSNE.  The ECS consists of three major categories depending on the severity of consciousness disturbance [Table 2]. Category 1 and 2 have two subcategories, and category 3 has five subcategories based on the category of best mortar response of GCS. Many participants have commented about the usefulness of it. The ECS could be understood for beginners in evaluating consciousness level and useful for staff education. ,
Module B: Stroke scale
The National Institute of Health (NIH) stroke scale is a standardized method used by physicians and other health care professionals to measure the level of impairment caused by a stroke. , The NIH stroke scale could measure several aspects of neurological function, including 1) consciousness, 2) gaze, 3) vision, 4) facial palsy, 5) arm movement, 6) leg movement, 7) ataxia, 8) sensation, 9) language, 10) dysarthria and 11) extinction [Table 3]. A maximal score of 42 represents the most severe stroke. Participants learned how to evaluate neurological conditions using NIH stroke scale with simulated patients [Figure 1]. Interestingly, although some participants were not familiar with NIH stroke scale until workshop, they have commented about the usefulness of it. The NIH stroke scale could be understandable for medical staff in evaluating neurological conditions and also useful for staff education in the same as coma scale.
|Figure 1: The scenery of international Primary Neurosurgical Life Support course in 9th Asian Congress of Neurological Surgeon in Kuala Lumpur on November 22, 2010|
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Module C: Cerebral herniation
This module introduced initial management for impaired respiratory and circulatory function in patients by slides. Participants could learn to stabilize airway obstruction, breathing disturbance and extensive hypertension and to evaluate cerebral herniation. Emergency medical staffs should assess the patient with suspected stroke within 10 minutes of arrival in the hospital. General care includes assessment and support of airway, breathing, and circulation. The American Heart Association Guidelines indicate that emergency medical staff should administer oxygen to hypoxemic patients, confirm intravenous access and obtain blood samples.  We design algorithm of PNLS for neurosurgical emergency patients [Figure 2]. It is emphasized that stabilization of respiratory and circulatory function has priority over evaluation of cerebral herniation. Key points in management include the assessment of oxygenation, blood pressure, consciousness level, and the papillary examination before computed tomography (CT) scan. Treatment strategies are directed toward maintaining adequate oxygenation and perfusion, and then treating cerebral herniation. All the workshop participants confirmed these points.
|Figure 2: PNLS algorithm for neurosurgical emergency patients. Reference in the American Heart Association guidelines. EMS: Emergency medical services, ABC: Airway, breathing, and circulation, IV: Intravenous, CT: Computed tomography|
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Module D: Case simulation
We designed and performed a group work, which was a system/structure oriented case debriefing to summarize PNLS course. The group work was performed using a clinical map ,, as a desk work of simulation for initial management for neurosurgical emergency patients. Initially participants were given a frame and elements which were divided from a clinical map. Participants need to fill an empty frame by putting pieces of elements to complete the clinical map. A facilitator observed their performance and helped their work.
International PNLS course in the 8 th ACNS
PNLS project has been accepted as an official program of the 8 th ACNS in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We performed the present international PNLS course at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center at 15:30 until 18:30 on November 22, 2010 [Table 4]. The number of preregistered participants (neurosurgeons) was 8 and on-site registered participants (comedical staffs) was more than 50. They were taught by 14 staffs of the international PNLS course. We performed a questionnaire to the participants of the neurosurgeons (n=8). They were asked about their satisfaction of each module via the questionnaire immediately after the present course. Responses from 6/8 participants of the neurosurgeons were obtained. The satisfaction rating of each module was shown on the Visual Analogue Scale (0- 100%). The mean scores for "Coma Scale" was 86.2%, "Stroke Scale" was 85.7%, "Cerebral Herniation" was 69.7%, and "Case Simulation" was 77.8% [Figure 3].
| Conclusions|| |
We performed the new version of international PNLS course in 8 th ACNS as hands-on education course. The participants' comments indicated that a sufficiently high standard of knowledge was obtained in the present course. The international PNLS course could play an important role for Asian neurosurgical education.
| Acknowledgments|| |
We like to thank Prof. Chee-Pin Chee, Honorable president of 8 th ACNS as well as all the staffs of the Congress.
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