Friday, June 2, 2017

Keeping Busy

St. Elizabeth Hospital cardiac center has been slow among the three areas of ICU, clinical ward  and Pre/Post surgical ward. In the clinical ward where I work at this time because we do not have patients in ICU has even less than 15 patients versus 40 bed capacity.

The sad part is our mortality rate is high mainly due to the patients’ critical condition when they come in to the hospital, especially the old ones. It feels depressing when at times there is an expiration in two shifts in a day. This does not affect my work attitude though. I get the hang of it now with my duty in the clinical ward.

Time goes much faster now with my schedule than before because I have a lot to do besides taking care of my patients. I am usually assigned to give medications and in between that I am all over the ward organizing whatever is needed.

June 19th will be the start of medical group mission again from Italy. I will be in ICU then.

Monday, April 10, 2017

ICU Updates

Good news!  Our ICU received a Recognition and Appreciation Certificate from the administration for a remarkable performance in 2016. What a rewarding feeling to be part of the cardiac center ICU as a Lay Mission-Helper! This was announced to us during our recent ICU meeting. We will have a group picture when most of us are more or less around as there are nurses who are on their annual leave.

The sad news is our very first patient who had open heart surgery last January and recovered miraculously in ICU passed away about three weeks after his transfer to the post-surgical ward. This was due to complications. At least I have witnessed the miracle of God’s work on a patient in ICU who the doctors thought there is nothing that can be done for him to live. Practically all of us who took care of him in ICU had a feeling of satisfaction and enthusiasm every time we came to work. (patient had a history of HIV)

We are working this month with a short-term anesthesiologist from Italy who is  assisting our local cardiac surgeon in operating on adult cardiac cases. Our future pediatric mission operation will be in June 2017.

During our ICU meeting one of the topics we discussed was about bedsores prevention and I was able to share my experience about it. I am finding out more information about the current approach in preventing its occurrence to bedridden patients from my former colleagues at Kaiser. Sr. Honorine, my supervisor in ICU, requested to find out the type of medical equipment that is being used now in California hospitals in preventing bedsores so she knows what to order here in Cameroon.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Successful Surgeries

St Elizabeth Catholic Hospital Cardiac Center just finished a week of Italian Medical Mission wherein 8 children ages 4 1/2 months to 11 years old had successful open heart surgeries. They are recovering well and there is only four of them left in ICU who are mainly being observed before they will be transferred to post clinical ward.

This week our local cardiac surgeon operated on his two adult patients. This keeps us busy in ICU.

The main problem of our hospital now is lack of water supply due to a long dry season. This affects the town of Kumbo and neighboring villages.