Monday September 21, 2015
The team has an early breakfast before meeting the hospital staff. We tour St. Gaspar’s which has a CT machine.
In clinic the surgeons examine the patients with anesthesia and pediatrics. The evaluation we do here is like the pre-operative history and physical patients have in the US before undergoing surgery. We want to know about the patient’s health, allergies, medications, and any medical problems. We have two volunteers who served in the Peace Corps in Tanzania translating for us. Nurses check temperature, pulse and oxygen saturation. We use a Hemocue machine identical to the one in my office to check the patient for anemia. The day is long, but the process efficient.
The Monday night flight from Amsterdam lands in Dar with our 8 boxes at 10 p.m.