I worked in both the pre-op and the post-op areas on this trip. Pre-op consisted of getting a brief medical history from the patient, getting an IV started, and answering any questions I could about the procedure. I was also able to help intubate a couple of patients prior to their procedure. Post-op consisted of making sure surgical sites were
Most memorable moments for me were helping a 77 year old hip surgery patient walk, intubating a patient before surgery, and meeting some wonderful people from all over the country who, like me, believe in helping out their fellow man.
This mission has made me appreciate the benefits we have living in the USA. From our hospitals to the latest technology and equipment, we have the best at out fingertips. Working in a third-world country and seeing what they have is an eye opener. That being said, I hope to continue to be a part of the Refuge International Team and travel with them each year to help the people of Guatemala.