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Published: September 12th 2019
I have been working at mbarara regional referral hospital in the emergency department for the last two weeks. I am LOVING it, and learning so so much. I have been able to assist on many cases, to name a few I have seen many head injuries mostly due to motor vehicle accidents, burn patients, chest tubes insertions, resuscitation efforts, fractures, gunshot wounds, and many other lacerations and cases.The staff has been amazing allowing Casey and I to work very closely with them. The interns and nurses have been really very eager to include us in every patient’s assessment, treatment and care. I have mostly worked night shifts and Casey work during the day. I have gained many skills but mostly I have learned the art of improvising in healthcare when you do not have supplies readily available. It is amazing to watch the doctors continuously improvise with what supplies they have especially in emergency. However, with improvising and scarce supplies comes challenges as well, I have seen patients pass on due to lack of vents in ICU, lack of diagnostics, and lack of resuscitation equipment which has been really hard to accept because this is so different than Canada. I have
taken so much away from this experience. On Friday, Rayden took Anne Sophie, Brooke, Angela and I out to a nearby village to a school to do a presentation and demonstration on menstrual health and reusable pad making. Another project similar to one that we implemented in the rugazi rural area the month prior. However this time we partnered with a local woman who has given a sewing machine by Dr. Card, a vet in Saskatoon that travels to Uganda every year to work with the paravets here on the goat project. Prior to going to the school she had prepared all the materials we would need to teach the girls how to make their own pads as well she had prepared enough pads using her sewing machine to give one to each of the girls. This village is very poor and giving girls and women this education and these materials are key to keep girls in school. The girls were so receptive and amazing seamstress it was so awesome to be apart
of this project. On Saturday we participated in a 5km colour run for pediatric cancer fundraiser and it was a HUGE success! Today after my night shift Casey and I went to the blood bank and donated blood. It was really interesting to donate in another country! They use copper sulphate to estimate hemoglobin on females- so they take a drop of out blood and drop it into the solution and if the drop of blood sinks than we are fit to donate. I’ve seen so many blood transfusions while I’ve been here in emergency so I thought it would be a great way to give back.
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