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Dispatches from the Penn Medicine Team in Haiti

  • Feb 6, 2010
  • airplane Home to Philadelphia
  • Dr. Mehta describes a tour of the ravaged city of Port-au-Prince and the Penn team's return home to Philadelphia in the middle of a major snowstorm.
  • Feb 5, 2010
  • hillsLast Words
  • Dr. Ashburn reports, as the Penn Team prepares to leave Cange, the chief of the hospital tells them, "You have been wonderful. You are now part of Haiti."
  • Feb 5, 2010
  • penn teamFinding New Equipment, Leaving Haiti
  • On the Penn team's last day in Cange, they are surprised to find newly donated medical and surgical technology, Dr. Mehta reports. They see a few mor patients before leaving for Port-au-Prince and home.
  • Feb 4, 2010
  • penn team on hike Last Full Day of Operating
  • Dr. Mehta describes the Penn team's last full day operating on patients in Haiti, reports eagerness to come home, and reflects on continuing to help Haiti in the future – and on the country's beauty.
  • Feb 4, 2010
  • Michael Ashburn Communication with the Medical Teams
  • Effective communication among medical team members is strained with the language barrier, Dr. Ashburn reports, but the Penn team has helped implement some improvements.
  • Feb 3, 2010
  • biopsy bob A Progression in Treatments Offered
  • The type of medical and surgical treatments the team can offer has progressed, Dr. Mehta observes, though the challenges in Haiti remain immense.
  • Feb 3, 2010
  • girl on crutches Surrounded by Life as Well as Suffering
  • Treatment and pain management for the injured continues, as life persists amid suffering for the crowd of patients and families now at Cange, Dr. Ashburn reports.
  • Feb 2, 2010
  • security More Patients, and Security
  • Large numbers of new patients arrive at Cange, Dr. Mehta reports, and security personnel are now among them.
  • Feb 2, 2010
  • transport Game Changing Day
  • An influx of injured and sick Haitians has arrived at Cange from Port-au-Prince, Dr. Ashburn reports.
  • Feb 1, 2010
  • abdominal exam A New Week, Team Building, Late Night
  • Dr. Mehta discusses the team's reflection on their experience, looking ahead to the next medical team's arrival, and seeing a patient late at night.
  • Feb 1, 2010
  • surgery Need for More Amputations Due to Infection
  • Dr. Sarani reports on the difficult situation many patients now face in Haiti, as infections at amputation sites make it necessary to remove more of the affected limb.
  • Jan 31, 2010
  • water pump Routines, An OR Flood, and Time Off
  • Dr. Mehta describes the Penn team's daily schedule in Haiti, reports finding a flooded operating room, and takes some time off with the team on Sunday afternoon to visit Cange's water pump.
  • Jan 31, 2010
  • flooded OR Wet Start with Flooded OR
  • On a Sunday in Haiti, Dr. Ashburn reports on staying up late to finish cases, and finding the operating rooms flooded in the morning.
  • Jan 30, 2010
  • team Planning for Transitions
  • On a busy working Saturday, Dr. Mehta reflects on how medical care in Haiti will proceed after the Penn team's anticipated departure in a week.
  • Jan 30, 2010
  • teamwork Empty Beds, Education, and Teamwork
  • The Haitian medical providers are hardworking and dedicated, Dr. Ashburn reports. And, for the first time since the Penn team's arrival, there are empty beds.
  • Jan 29, 2010
  • girl and grandma "Her Momma is Dead"
  • Dr. Ashburn reports on the case of a girl with a sadly common experience: waking up from a procedure, calling for a parent who is no longer there.
  • Jan 28, 2010
  • surgery A More Organized Approach
  • Dr. Mehta describes the Penn team's efforts to improve the quality of medical care despite immense challenges in Haiti.
  • Jan 28, 2010
  • doctor and patient Patient Cases and Integrating Teams
  • Dr. Ashburn reports on the wounds and infections the team is treating, and on the integration of the Penn team with other caregivers in the hospital.
  • Jan 28, 2010
  • Penn team Morning Update: Cases and Pacing
  • Dr. Ashburn reports in on waking to church music, patient updates, and planning a regular schedule for caring for patients at the clinic.
  • Jan 27, 2010
  • orthopaedic surgery Developing a New Routine
  • On the first full day of providing care at the hospital in Haiti, Dr. Mehta describes the Penn Team's new routine – and major changes from what they experience in the United States.
  • Jan 26, 2010
  • A "Tour" Turns into Rounds
  • After the Penn Medicine team's arrival at the hospital in Cange, it's time to get to work, Dr. Mehta reports.
  • Jan 26, 2010
  • patientsAt the Surgery Ward
  • Dr. Ashburn describes a church located near the hospital that has been converted to a surgical ward.
  • Jan 25, 2010
  • tents Safe at the Tent City
  • Michael Ashburn, MD, MPH, MBA, reports in from Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
 


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