Last week, ReSurge began its 44th trip season by sending out a team of visiting educators to Kathmandu, Nepal. The team of seven includes two post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) nurses, an ICU burn specialist nurse, a hand therapist, a circulating RN, a team coordinator, and Bonnie MacEvoy, an anesthesiologist.
Bonnie has been keeping a blog with excellent updates on the work the team has been doing (note: some images posted on the blog are of surgical procedures). Here are some excerpts from her blog on her time in Nepal:
We have 15 nursing students, 2 anesthesia assistants, 2 surgical residents, 2 plastic surgery residents, the staff nurses, and a visiting medical student from Germany whose English puts me to shame. It is a wide audience and targeting our teaching - also given that English is a distant second language for most of them – is going to be tricky.
I am amazed at how quickly the nurses have come up with a plan of action and a list of lectures to do for our class of 15 nurses. And they are amazing teachers.
We had a scenario of a burn victim brought into the hospital from a fall and burn. Sandy, one of our PACU nurses, we covered with smears of charcoal and vaseline with plastic to make fake blisters. She had charcoal on her nose to inspire a discussion on inhalational injuries, a circumferential "burn" on her lower leg to talk about compartment syndrome, and a large burn on her back that might be missed if no one examined her thoroughly. Len [the burn nurse educator] did a fantastic job and so many various teaching points came up as the new nurses were guided through the care of this "patient."
I did a lecture about pharmacology with questions that when answered correctly were rewarded with a peanut M&M. By the end they all chimed in at once and everyone got a treat.
Sandy, Vickie, and Anne did a scenario with monitors and the hooking-up of patients as they arrive in the PACU. I got to be one of the patients and lay still as these gentle and tentative little hands moved about trying to understand and do each task. Every now and then something would make me smile and they would all laugh.
Now and then I would get a little pat or someone would be holding my hand. I kept my eyes closed to be a good post-operative dummy, but when I opened and saw the seven or so faces around me, they would all smile. Such amazing young women with so much interest and promise.
We are very grateful to Bonnie for sharing her blog and photos with us, and we are grateful to each of our volunteers for the excellent work they are doing. Stay tuned for more updates from Nepal!