A class of 10 Community Health Aides recently completed their Session 3 training in Bethel. Community Health Aides provide a large range of health care services. They give immunizations, perform Well Child and WIC exams, respond to emergencies and care for all sick and injured patients in the village. Health Aides stabilize trauma patients and begin life-saving treatment, such as giving intravenous fluids and performing CPR. They prepare patients for transport to Bethel or Anchorage by the medevac team when necessary.
Session 3 (S3) training focuses on specialized topics, such as pre-natal care, labor and delivery, male and female reproductive problems, and well child care. S3 students are required to spend one night in the hospital’s Labor and Delivery unit to learn how to take care of women and babies before and after delivery. If a delivery in the hospital takes place, they participate in the birth and help care for the mother and the newborn. This experience helps prepare them for a possible emergency delivery in the village.
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