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Keeping Busy and Improvising to Collaborate

We operated relatively late last night, finishing our cases around 9 PM. The good news is that the day went very well, and we did some good.

Improvising Telemedicine with an X-Ray and digital camera

Photo by Michael Ashburn

This photo is our improvised efforts at telemedicine. We are taking a photo of X-rays or wounds, then sending them via e-mail to colleagues at home for suggestions. This is working out rather well.

Today we have a full OR schedule plus several dressing changes under anesthesia that we do on the floor (literally).

Howling at the Moon (and Dogs)

The team is healthy and in good spirits. None of us slept well, because the dogs and bats were out in full force. We blame the full moon. Tom got up in the middle of the night to tell them to shut up in English. Fortunately, the dogs appear to speak English, and moved away to continue their howling.


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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