(Blogpost from Usha Periyanayagam in Cambodia)
On my first few days at Sampov Meas, I helped set up the resuscitation room and tried to make the defibrillator work. URC had donated a whiteboard to help create a census of who was actually present on the wards. The whiteboard was still encased in plastic, so we set it up and filled it out with the census of the day. There were other supplies that had been donated over time, including three cardiac monitors and a defibrillator. Like many things, no one knew how to use the machines. and so they were just stored in a dusty room. The monitor were missing a few cables and took us a while to find the stickers but eventually we got it to work. I’ll have to find a patient to monitor just to show how the machines work.
(check back later this week for another blog on Sampov Meas!)