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The “tour” ended up being rounds.  Every patient we saw, our reaction was “add it to the schedule for tomorrow”.  After it was all done, we had some 41 cases – and this didn’t include those patients that were in the hospital that we didn’t even know about. Orthopaedic trauma patients were on the medicine ward, the trauma word, in the peds area, and at the Church. The clinic area has become the defacto church.

By 630 PM, we had rounded, eaten, and were in the “Friendship House” – home base with access to the internet.  I don’t think it’s really sunk in the amount of work that needs to be done. The ORs are to start around 9 AM.

I did some work and headed back to our rooms in the clinic area around 9 PM. The walk is long and muggy.  It has rained and the mosquitos were out.  I took a cold shower … hot water was not an option … and it was exactly what I needed in preparation for the next day.


This report was written by Samir Mehta, MD, during his participation in Haitian relief efforts through Penn Medicine in coordination with Partners in Health.


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