Quy Nhon, Vietnam- Karina Rando, Interplast volunteer anesthesiologist.
On every trip Interplast provides the necessary equipment and supplies to offer excellent quality service to its patients. All the equipment and supplies are transported by plane from San Francisco in nearly 30 big boxes. After the team arrived in Saigon, the boxes were taken to Quy Nhon by truck.
The local Hospital in Quy Nhon generously let us use some of their operating rooms. Even though we were provided with the two operating tables, oxygen and lights, most of the equipment was transported (as on every trip) in the boxes.
After many hour s of hard work, the empty operating room was transformed into a safe and fully functional operating room where we performed all our surgeries. All the equipment and supplies we needed to provide high quality anesthesia and surgeries were available.
At the end of these two weeks all our equipment was carefully packed back into the boxes. Every team member helps in this process and watches after our precious boxes until each one is safe back to San Francisco, so that they are available for the next trip!