Posts tagged anesthesia


Contributing to anesthesia training in Zambia

by on Monday, September 16, 2019 at 11:30 pm

Zambia has a population of about 18 million, and as of the last count, there are about 42 physician anesthetists and 176 non-physician anesthetists who are employed by the Ministry of Health. It is clear that the number of practicing anesthetists in the country is far from adequate to serve the entire population. The areas […]

A consuming preoccupation

by on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 6:05 am

Bosena was placed in a hospital bed for five months without anything being done, other than dressings being changed. He was wasting away in that hospital bed. Never walking, emaciated, weak, and terrified because of constant pain, for which he received no treatment. A friend of ours spotted him in that hospital when she was there taking a tour. She called us at CURE and begged us to take him. She felt he was a very short time from death without some intervention.

A nurse records vitals as a patient rests after surgery

A Day in the life of the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit

by on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 6:06 am

The Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) at CURE Uganda is a small space next to the main entrance to the OR; it contains three beds and a stretcher.

How do difficult experiences shape us?

by on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 10:02 am

As I ran down the steps from the OR and past the clinic to my office, I just had to stop and greet this patient who came today for a follow-up visit. He’s been through our operating room doors many times. His surgeries began about a year ago. You can see in the “before” picture how twisted his legs were. Now they are straight and strong.

Mary Bernard: Lasting Impact

by on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 6:51 am

Anesthesia is a developing discipline in Ethiopia. That is to say, it is currently very underdeveloped. In a country of 80+ million people, there are a handful of anesthesiologists (I’ve heard about 10 total). Nurse anesthetists provide virtually all anesthesia to the country. However, the nurse anesthetists in Ethiopia are not trained as ours are […]

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