Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health Nephrologist Travels to Colombia to Teach Lifesaving Kidney Care
Program is offered by the International Society of Nephrology
Guillermo Hidalgo, M.D., F.A.S.N., division chief for pediatric nephrology at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, traveled to Bogotá, Colombia, to train physicians from throughout Latin America to treat pediatric patients suffering from acute kidney injury (AKI). It was the first program of its kind held in Colombia.
Dr. Hidalgo, and the other course presenter, Bill Smoyer, M.D., welcomed 18 participants from Central and South America to the two-day Saving Young Lives Project (SYL) workshop held at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, at the end of June. The workshop was held in a hybrid format allowing faculty members Mignon McCulloch and Melvin Bonilla, M.D. to join virtually. The program included lectures and a hands-on practical session where catheter insertion was demonstrated and practiced, with each participant performing the procedure at least once.
Saving Young Lives is a project of the International Society of Nephrology. The initiative works in low-resource areas of the world to help establish and maintain hospital services for the care of AKI. Experts from across the globe provide training and educational activities in the community to improve awareness and equip local health practitioners to prevent and identify cases needing hospital care. SYL collaborating organizations include:
- IPNA (International Pediatric Nephrology Association)
- ISN (International Society of Nephrology)
- ISPD (International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis)
- EuroPD (European Peritoneal Dialysis)
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