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Of course, but maybe.

We arrived at the hospital at 0700 on Saturday. It was our last day and we didn’t have a plan. We went over to the hospital and rounded with the doctors. We were leaving our clean scrubs, hand sanitizer, and gloves behind. The head doctor

Two Ends of the Spectrum

This morning, we went back to St.Luke’s and assisted again in the clinic and the ED. During the night, a 26-year-old female presented with altered level of consciousness and hypotension. Hx of a stroke with a right-side deficit, post-partum. The doctor interpreted well; I could

6 Steps Towards the Skinny Cow

We finally made progress. About 350 patients started lining up this morning at 0400. They have a number system here to decide how many patients are seen. Chief complaint determines whether a person is seen by a doctor or not. The patients are smart enough

Hump Day

Life in Haiti is hard. There is not enough of anything to go around. There are shortages of all supplies in every hospital. People can’t afford medications that they should be taking everyday. The doctors are incredibly competent but have few diagnostic tools available to

The Art of Debrief

Another code. A different country. Wow. How do you teach and train when the staff you’re working with doesn’t see the value in that life? In the states, we wouldn’t have needed to resuscitate that patient because he wouldn’t have been allowed to get that