(this excerpt is cross posted from Dr. Khare’s blogsite, found here
The Israelis, who are experts in trauma and disaster care, have invested in a critical care unit. In fact, 2 months ago, they built an 8-bed unit, which has almost everything we have in the US (cardiac monitors, suction, available IVs, medications, etc). The trouble is, the Hatians have no concept of what Emergency Medicine is.
The Israeli Ministry of Health sent a woman, Shirley, to start to develop the use of this newly built, beautiful critical care unit. Shirly, who has been here for 8 months, however is leaving in 1 week. The Israelis built this new critical care unit, but clearly stated that they would not develop the use of it. This is where Jewish Healthcare International (the group I am with) got involved. Jewish Healthcare International (JHI) has a close relationship with the Israeli Health Ministry. JHI agreed to take on education and continued use of this new critical care unit. They sent down 4 of us for a fact finding mission, as well as teaching and working in the ER.
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