Team visited Hôpital Albert Schweitzer to improve trauma care
The team, led by Thea James, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Boston Medical Center and Sandra Scott, MD of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, spent 11 days at the hospital March 14-25, 2005 and offered twice daily instruction in the use of ultrasound, including the new FAST scan, a 4-point scan used to detect the presence or absence of fluid which helps to determine if the patient requires emergent laporatomy.
The portable ultrasound equipment
which the team took to
Joining the team from the Boston University Medical Center were Laura Eliseo, MD, Director of ER Resident Research Supriya Mehta, PhD, and Ronald Belfort, a native of Caye, Haiti who served as the team's interpreter; Marie-Carmelle Elie, MD, of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; Andrew Liteplo, MD, of Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn New York; Zola Bruce, MSW, of the McBurney YMCA in Manhattan, New York.
Trauma Team in action at HAS
Photos by Karl Grobl
“I am hopelessly addicted to HAS
Scott said, “Our goal each year is to help Hôpital Albert Schweitzer (HAS) improve some aspect of their emergency care so that they can enhance treatment for their trauma patients.” Many roads near the hospital have been paved in recent years, leading to increased traffic as well as an increased number of trauma patients seen at HAS, according to Scott.
The team focused this year's instructional training in the use of ultrasound. Training in prior years has included triage, airway management, and advanced life saving skills.
HAS has also sent the James/Scott teams to L'Opital Generale Medical School in Port-au-Prince to teach cardiac, trauma and pediatric critical care and life support to residents there.
As part of the goodwill mission,
social worker Zola Bruce also conducted art classes for groups of Haitian
children, and fitted many children in the community with new clothing. “This
was my first experience in