Monday, August 16, 2010

Medical team hit the ground running

Using power tools (loaned by Stryker) and flouroscopy (donated by Hologic), Dr. Taylor Smith (California Pacific Medical Center) and Dr. Lamont Cardon (Alta Bates Summit Medical Center) place an intramedullary rod in a patient with a complex leg fracture.

The Sutter Health medical volunteer team wasted little time getting to work after arriving at L'hopital St-Nicholas in Haiti, outside Port au Prince. The team from California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (ABSMC) arrived Friday in Haiti on Friday and by Saturday morning were already at work in the OR. Using equipment, generously donated by the manufacturers, the team started with patients suffering from complex fractures. On this trip, unlike previous ones, the team has a portable x-ray device that allows them to be more precise in their work and better able to handle complex cases.

Dr. Lamont Cardon (ABSMC) at work repairing a wrist fracture

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