I really feel empowered to try to help these nurses do the best job they can to help care for these people. They seem enthusiastic about the concept of a burn unit, and since they seem to be in the middle of construction, maybe some real changes can be made.
I just finished having a meeting with the surgery residents of the hospital. We had it in the lobby of the hotel. There were about 15 of them, at various stages of training. All of them expressed enthusiasm for the concept of learning more about burn treatment, and also for the concept of a burn unit. I am apparently going to meet the burn unit director tomorrow. I signed on to do a fairly ambitious program over the next few days. I will go in tomorrow and assess the unit in depth, and then give a general lecture on burn care tomorrow afternoon. I have talked about doing some workshops as well, where I could propose scenarios to them that they would then have to puzzle through, and also a “pig lab” where I could teach them how to take a skin graft on the side of a pig carcass. I don’t know if I will get around to it all, but it will be fun trying.
To see more from Tim's visiting educator workshop in Loja, Ecuador, check out the Loja, Ecuador visiting educator workshop blog.