Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital

Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital

Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital

 

The PiAstra team were approached by the provincial Department of Health Nutrition, to provide training around human milk banking and the use of the high temperature and short time pasteurisation system, PiAStra, to the staff involved in caring for mothers and their infants at the hospital.  As part of the GSK/ Save the Children award we were able to donate two PiAstra systems to the hospital. These will be used simultaneously as they expect to pasteurise large volumes of milk. Once the human milk bank is up and running, they may consider purchasing a larger unit to process bigger volumes of milk.

A group of medical managers, matrons, maternity and nursery staff which included infection control and laboratory staff gathered for the days training, which was conducted by Prof Anna Coutsoudis, Dr Penny Reimers and Mr Noel Powell, the developer of the PiAStra.

The training covered the importance of using donor human milk, supporting breastfeeding and the set up and documentation required for setting up and running of a human milk bank. The practical demonstration included a hands running of a pasteurisation cycle. There was a consensus that the system was quick and easy to use.

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Rahima Moosa Hospital

Rahima Moosa Hospital

Rahima Moosa Hospital

The Dietetics team expressed an interest in acquiring a PiAstra to enable them to pasteurise donor human milk reliably and quickly for vulnerable infants. The GSK/Save the Children award enabled us to donate a PiAstra to the enthusiastic team.

A background into human milk banking and the importance of protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding were included in the training provided. This was followed by a practical demonstration and hands on training on the use of the PiAstra. The team who would be using the equipment were instructed to follow the instructions displayed on the PiAstra touch screen with minimal help from the training team. Being such a user friendly system the full process was completed once then left to the group to complete more batches. This approach was hugely successful, demonstrating that PiAstra technology is very user friendly and very simple to use.  Unskilled practitioners can pasteurize human milk with minimal supervision.

We have every confidence the team will be successful as they seek to meet the needs of vulnerable infants in their care at Rahima Moosa Hospital.

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