Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Making progress in Haiti

The Sutter-affiliated team of doctors and nurses from CPMC and Alta Bates are able to help more seriously injured patients on this trip than they were on the previous two medical missions. The big difference this time is access to machinery, such as portable x-ray devices, that allow them to repair more complex injuries.

For instance this photo shows Dr. Taylor Smith repairing a tibial plateau fracture that happened during the earthquake. He could not do this procedure properly without the flouroscope. Hopital St-Nicholas is now one of only four hospitals in Haiti with intropertive x-ray capabilities.

Here is the patient after the procedure. After months of pain she has finally had the surgery she needed to realign her knee. No wonder she's smiling!

While Haiti is still continuing to struggle to recover from the earthquake progress is being made. Take a look at these two photos of the radiology lab at St. Nicholas' hospital where the Sutter team is at work. The first photo shows the lab in January, immediately after the quake. The second one shows it today. Clearly a huge advance, one that benefits patients and makes it easier for doctors and nurse to do their work.

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