The clinical work continues today. We are very pleased with the wonderful clinical and educational opportunities here and the general outcome of everyone's efforts.
Plastic Surgeon Paul Edward has been working closely with Dr. Hamady, a ENT surgeon from Bamako. They have been taking care of patients with noma defects, the result of an infection. A lot of facial reconstruction is often necessary with these cases. The work seems tedious with a lot of forethought required. Good conversations between the surgeons often goes on, with both learning from each other. The results are great.
Drs. LaBelle and Ian Wilson, the other team surgeons, recently have been working with a number Dr. Keita’s surgical residents. There are opportunities for the Malians to learn about lip repairs, burn contracture release and full thickness graft. Both operating room nurses Ingrid and Richard have excelled at teaching a lot of basic techniques to the residents as well as the surgical nurses.
Back in the PACU, (recovery room) Lorry and Betty have a wonderful, dedicated nurse, Moussa, who eagerly listens to their words of advice and teachings. He, like most Malians, is very compassionate and supportive, providing just the care the patients need.
Bevin Bart, Steve Parker, and I have had a parade of anesthesiologists coming through the OR these two weeks. Although all were very capable anesthesiologists already, they are eager to learn about the newer anesthetics, medications and equipment that we brought.
Dr. Badda, an anesthesiologist from the Luxenborough Hospital here, has been instrumental in trouble shooting problems with oxygen and other crucial items.
Mai, Beverly, and pediatrician Joe Herbert have seen many more patients in the numerous busy clinics and the hospital wards. Joe has taught the pediatrician and ward nurses many things about perioperative care and general pediatrics, and lots of hints about logistics of such a mission are offered by Beverly and Mai.
A smooth medical experience like this couldn’t happen with out the effective communication, dedication and enthusiasm of all. The solid basic and continuing education which the Malians have is well recognized. They are bright individuals, always eager to learn more and provide the best care to their patients.