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Emergency Room in Haiti

Photo by Michael Ashburn

This is the emergency room for the hospital. We had an occasion to go to the ER this morning when the local team asked for our help. It consists of an entrance way and 1 room. It is amazing what they can do with what they have.

As you can see, lines quickly form for triage. In addition, this is where family wait as well. Two of the 4 areas that hold trauma and surgical paitents are located in the building this photo was taken from.

Surgery Has Started


Photo by Samir Mehta

All patients we are operating on who are not in the building the ORs are located in are transported to the building, leading to patients everywhere.

We are running 2 rooms. The 2 ortho docs are doing their thing in one room (photo to follow), while we have a rather full general surgery schedule in the other. The patient pictured here is our third case. She is a very ill young woman undergoing a cholycystectomy. Tom, 1 of our 2 anesthesiologists, was recruited to assist. As a result, I am doing anesthesia in both rooms with the wonderful help of the local team.



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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