Sunday, January 24, 2010
Photo credit to Operation Rainbow, Photographer Mike Lee.
Instead of writing a blog for EverythingHealth today, I am linking readers to the Sutter Helps Haiti blog that I have been writing. The medical volunteers that are on the ground make for interesting writing and reading. The medical issues that victims of the earthquake are facing will change as the days go on.
The initial amputations for crush injuries are about over...now broken bones are being pinned with good orthopedic equipment and skilled surgeons. The problems with infections persist and the aftercare for patients will be prolonged. It takes about 6 months for an amputee to learn to cope and the only prosthetic manufacturer in Haiti was destroyed in the earthquake. Prosthetics and physical therapy will need to be imported.
The fact that many patients have no homes or family to care for them is the biggest issue medics face now. The medics are serving as family and shelter at this time for thousands of people.
This story will be with us for a long time.
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 10:52 PM