This workshop was held on Saturday, 18th October 2014 at the LSN Hall above my clinic. There were 32 participants of which 25 were nurses. The nurses were from Hospital Fatimah, PCSH, nursing homes, factories and government hospitals. There were several pharmacists as well. The 2 speakers were Dr Leong Oon Keong and Ms Leong Yee Leng RN.
From the feedback forms, we note that most participants attended the workshop in search of knowledge to improve themselves in the management of asthma. There were several asthmatics in the crowd as well.
Public attendance for the public forum was rather poor, partly because we only wanted asthmatics to attend and they had to pre-register. We placed advertisements in the Star, Ipoh Echo and Malay Mail.
The halal food served was well received. Azmeera's mother made nasi lemak, fried mee hoon and tea for the morning break. We had a choice of grilled or honey chicken for lunch. The afternoon break consisted of 3 "kuehs".
All participants were given printed handouts, goodie bags with sample inhalers, pencils and sweets to keep them awake.
Workshop activities included the handling of various inhalers (metered dose and dry powdered), peak flow meters with charting and spacers.
The post workshop evaluation test consisted of MCQ's projected onto the screen. Participants who were the first to answer correctly were given mouse pads as prizes.
The organizers wish to thank the following sponsors: Takeda, Boehringer Ingelheim and Novartis. We would also like to thank our 2 facilitators, the Yee sisters, and the committee members of the Perak Chest Society for making this workshop a resounding success.