Tuesday, January 26, 2010

January 26, 2010 - "We Have Electricity ... Most of the Time"

From Dr. John Donovan, anesthesiologist (Alta Bates Summit Medical Center):

“We have electricity most of the time [but still experience] period power outages. Below Susan Bailey M.D. (ABSMC) tends to a wound with a camping headlamp during one of the outages. The room was otherwise pitch black.”

“While days can go well into the evening, the hospital is not structured to enable us to operate day and night. We have to be sensitive to the volume of cases that the hospital can handle, particularly given that, despite our best efforts, we still must perform amputations.”

Above is “one of seven surgical wards.”

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