Settling In At SMH and DH

Part 5 of our May, 2015 Loma Linda University Health Orthopedic Team visit to Nepal.  Some readers may find it unusual that we are posting trip reports from Nepal on a website devoted to a project in Haiti.  However the precipitating circumstances (major earthquakes) are similar and currently a team that frequents Hopital Adventiste d’Haiti are working at Scheer Memorial Hospital (SMH) in Banepa, Nepal.  (This and subsequent reports from Nepal will be posted in a straggled fashion due to inconsistent internet access).

Due to postquake patient flow, a nearby hospital received more trauma victims than SMH did.  After finishing our cases last Friday we headed a few kilometers east on the road to China to Dhulikhel Hospital to determine if our team could be of assistance.

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From L to R: SMH orthopedist Prameed Pilli, Scott Nelson, DH orthopedist Deepak Shresha

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There was an impressive list of cases at DH waiting for surgeons to tackle

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Second page of cases on the orthopedic surgical list for the same day at DH

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For the remainder of our time spent in Nepal, we elected to spread out our team between SMH and DH which proved to be a very rewarding option for both facilities. Here Dr Phil is working with Dr Pilli at SMH.

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Scott and Jim stabilizing a spine at DH with allstar scrub tech Roshni on the left

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Patient in traction patiently waiting for surgery at DH

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Scott Nelson making rounds with an orthopedic PA at DH

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Dr Phil performing an open reduction and internal fixation of a bothbone forearm fracture at DH

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