Volunteers at CCCL LEarn about Patient Care
|Dr. Miguel Abboud
Fifty new volunteers at the Children's Cancer Center of Lebanon (CCCL)
attended a one-day workshop on October 11 to learn more about cancer and
the proper ways to handle patients afflicted with it.
The workshop, which is held at the AUB Medical Center, will be conducted
by CCCL once every three months this year.
Miguel Abboud, CCCL medical director and professor of pediatrics at AUBMC,
introduced the participants to the various types of cancer and their corresponding
treatments. "There are five main methods to treat cancer, depending
on its severity and its stage of development. These include chemotherapy,
surgery, limb salvage surgery, bone marrow transplantation, and radiotherapy,"
said Dr. Abboud.
Christiane Makarem, director of volunteers, explained some of the major
medical regulations to which volunteers have to abide. She also said there
are various ways one can volunteer; one can help by donating blood, by
conducting entertainment activities, or by helping out in the teaching
program available at the center.
Officer Mazen Yehya of Occupational Safety explained how to implement
safety measures in the event of a fire or other emergency, such as bomb
threats, child or infant abductions, thefts, spills of hazardous material,
and sudden disasters. Yehya provided telephone numbers to call in the
case of emergencies.
In addition to addressing issues of hygiene, treatment, and safety, the
workshop targeted the topic of patient rights. "Only AUBMC staff
members involved in patient care in the clinical and clinical-support
services can have access to patient information," said Lisa Sekelian,
the accreditation reviewer, in discussing patient rights to privacy, one
of the most integral of rights for patients.
The workshop ended with some training on infection control methods, which
are strictly followed. "Hand hygiene is the single most important
procedure for preventing nosocomial transmission of infections,"
said Nisrine Sidani, the infection control officer at AUBMC.
To date, more than 500 people have volunteered at CCCL.
For more information about the CCCL, visit: http://www.cccl.org.lb