Today is our last day at the hospital. Staff will be divided into various assignments. The Medical unit will continue to tend to the needs of the patents. The rest of the team will assist where they can, and others will concentrate on packing supplies for our return trip home.
On the final case of day three, four surgeons collaborated to work together on one case. In the photo are Doctors Seth Greenky, Timothy Izant, Stephen Bogosian, and Michael Clarke. Also on the case and in the photo is Surgical Technician, Michael Cress. Circulating Nurse Lisa Olszewski was also on the case, but not pictured in the photo.
Today is the fourth and final day of surgeries. The Medical unit is very busy. On the unit, patients continue to receive, nursing care, physician care, and physical therapy. More patients will be discharged today.
Three days of surgery complete. The Medical unit is at full capacity. Three full days of surgery, plus the patients that are scheduled for tomorrow. Fortunately, some of the patients from Day 1 of surgery were ready for discharge. We discharged 15 patients today. They were very happy and very excited. I was fortunate to be standing by the doorway as some of them were wheeled by. They stopped and shook my hand and thanked me. They all seem to remember me as the camera man who took their photo for their patient file back on Thursday. The fact is, I literally have nothing to do with their surgery, care, or recovery. But they thank me as if I did, with the most sincere “thank you” and the brightest of smiling eyes! And I respond with the phrase which is the common response, de nada. Which literally translates to, it was nothing. But is more loosely translated into “you are most welcome.” And I will tell you that that “thank you” does as much for me and this team, as anything we did for them!
Central Supply and Sterilization is a key component to the process. In order to achieve the efficiency we are able to attain, surgical instruments must be cleaned and sterilized and ready for the next procedure. From the moment the first cases of the day conclude until we leave it at night, it is a constant stream of clean, wrap and sterilize, in preparation for the next case.
Another very successful day. We are done for the day now. We saw 17 patients and did 19 procedures. Of course the last step in the healing process is the Physical Therapy. Patients who had surgery yesterday already began the process of taking their first steps today. Amazingly, Friday's first cases will be ready for discharge tomorrow.
The Medical unit is home base. This is where the patient arrive and where they return after surgery once they are released from the PACU. In asking the nurses to help me tell their story they said, "This is where the patient first arrive at Santo Tomas. Then we help prepare them for surgery. After surgery we help to manage their pain, and try to keep them as comfortable as possible. The key to managing the pain, is that the better managed it is, the better the patients are able to tolerate and maximize their physical therapy. And, of course, the more they can immerse themselves into their physical therapy, the faster they can get to their ultimate goal......Operation Walk!.......
Good Morning! Day 2 of surgeries started bright and early. First bus left the hotel at 6:30! Here is one group just prior to boarding.