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Patients in Cange, Haiti

Photo by Michael Ashburn

There is a church located by the hospital. It has been changed into a surgical ward and today has 55 patients. The patients are tended to by a PIH physician who is a med - peds resident. He was here at the time of the earthquake and had to quickly learn how to care for patients with orthopedic injuries.

About half the patients are children, about half of whom have family with them. Injuries range from open fractures to spinal cord injuries.

So far every single Hatian we have met - patient or staff - has lost at least 1 family member in the earthquake.

We probably will have around 10- 15 cases to do tomorrow, plus a number of wound dressing changes we will do with anesthesia.  Ten cases will be ortho, about 5 general.

 

This report was written by Michael Ashburn, MD, MPH, MBA, during his participation in Haitian relief efforts through Penn Medicine in coordination with Partners in Health.

 

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