The sixth batch of Operating Room Technicians drawn from various hospitals in Guyana and Belize graduated on Wednesday.The successful graduates are from the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), five; three from private institutions; two from the Mabaruma Regional Hospital; and two from the Belize Defence Force. They are two Medic Soldiers (from Belize), one Nursing Assistant and nine Patient Care Assistants.At the simple graduation ceremony at the GPHC Resources Centre, the graduates were charged by Assistant Director of Nursing Services, Keith Alonzo, to notThe sixth batch of Operating Room Technicians with some of the course facilitators, and Senior Officials of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporationbecome complacent with their new skill, and to continually strive to develop themselves.“You have worked hard to achieve this milestone. Your work is not in vain. As certified Operating Room Technicians you have the necessary skills… that can open doors to many achievements,” Alonzo said.Further Chief Executive Officer of the GPHC, Brigadier (Ret’d) George Lewis noted that as Operating Room Technicians, they have a pivotal role to play in ensuring that persons feel better and lives are saved.“Your job places you in the operating room before, during and after (surgeries). Preparing the operating room, ensuring all the necessary supplies and surgical tools are there, sterile and free from any foreign bodies and generally making certain that everything is in place in the correct manner,” the CEO said.The nine-month training exercise began in April 2017 and was primarily based at the GPHC. Eighty percent of the training time was spent in the operating room giving each trainee firsthand experience about operating procedures.During the nine-month period the trainees were also exposed to training in Ophthalmology, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgical procedures, laparoscopic surgeries and neurological surgeries.The trainees took their final theoretical examination on January 21, 2018, and the practical examination on January 23. This batch recorded a 100 per cent pass rate, resulting in all 12 trainees completing the programme.The trainees then began a 12-week period of preceptorship where they will continue to work under supervision, improving their skills and competence. Following this, they will return to their respective hospitals to function in their capacities as Operating Room Technicians.
The American Automobile Association predicts that 37.3 million people nationwide will take trips of 50 miles or more this weekend, compared with 37 million last Thanksgiving, Montgomery said. Officials at the Los Angeles International Airport are seeing the same flat numbers, due to higher airfares and some airlines cutting flight schedules due to fuel costs. Passenger volume from Friday through Monday is expected to reach 1.8 million people, the same as last year. But Bob Hope Airport in Burbank is anticipating a passenger volume of 20,000 people beginning Wednesday, compared with 15,000 last year. “The main change is that we’ve had some good growth on the core destinations,” such as Las Vegas, airport spokesman Victor Gil said. This year, Delta Airlines added flights to Atlanta and Salt Lake City. Carrier JetBlue signed on at Burbank this year, adding flights to New York City. “This place is busier now more than ever,” Gill said. “Our parking lots continue to fill up.” Officials have set up a help line for those driving into Bob Hope Airport looking for parking. Motorists can call (818) 565-1308 and an airport official will direct them, Gill said. He also urged incoming travelers to take public transportation. Meanwhile, 80 percent of all California Highway Patrol officers will be out on the freeways beginning Wednesday, as part of the CHP’s annual Thanksgiving Maximum Enforcement Period. Officers will particularly be looking for those who don’t wear seat belts. Last year, 56 people were killed on California roadways during Thanksgiving weekend, CHP officials said. Within the CHP’s jurisdiction, 39 people were killed in car crashes. Fifteen of those were not wearing seat belts. “If you don’t buckle up, if you speed or drink and drive, plan on being stopped and pulled over,” Gary Dominguez, the CHP’s Southern Division chief, said through a statement. “It takes two seconds to buckle up.” Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The California travel industry is giving thanks this week to what is expected to be the biggest holiday getaway weekend of the year – despite gas prices that are 20 percent higher than last year. Some 2.9 million Southern Californians are expected to travel this Thanksgiving weekend, a 4.7 percent increase over last year, the Automobile Club of Southern California said Monday. About 2.3 million will drive, nearly 5 percent more than last year, some 400,000 people will fly and the rest plan a cruise or train trip. “This seems to be a trend we’ve seen since 2003, when travel started to pick up again after 9-11, and the start of the war in Iraq,” said Marie Montgomery, spokeswoman for the Auto Club. “People want to go somewhere and feel good enough to take a trip.” And motorists will have ideal weather for traveling, with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s predicted through Monday for most of Los Angeles, said Bill Hoffer, spokesman for the National Weather Service based in Oxnard. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “It’s going to be gorgeous,” he said. “It’s more than we deserve.” This year, Palm Springs edged out Las Vegas as the top holiday destination, Montgomery said, followed by Mexico and Mexico cruises, Hawaii, San Francisco and Northern California. Hotel, motels and resorts are also expected to benefit, although room rates are on the rise because of increases in natural-gas costs, said James Abrams, president and CEO of the California Hotel and Lodging Association. “The number of motorists on the road will impact hotels, particularly for hotels in California that are in drive markets,” he said. Nationwide, holiday travel will remain flat, however, due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, Montgomery said.