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Many developing countries lack access to pain medications and advanced anesthesia modalities
The field of anesthesia has undergone a revolutionary change in the past decade. With the use of ultrasound guidance, we can place a needle and inject long-lasting local anesthesia in any area of the body to provide almost complete analgesia. In addition to improved pain control, patients have fewer complications, shorter hospital stays, and return to work sooner.
The World Health Organization has identified access to surgical and anesthesia services as a basic human right. Unfortunately, most patients in Low-Middle Income Countries (LMIC) lack access to adequate pain control. This not only results in significant suffering, but also increased complications from general anesthesia, delays in returning to work, lost income, and increased costs to the medical system.
There also exists the problem of the unavailability of diagnostic modalities. Because wealthy countries use digital x-rays, radiographic film is no longer made. Lung ultrasound is more accurate than chest x-ray, and abdominal ultrasound is now the primary diagnostic tool for patients in the emergency room, ICU, and increasingly in primary care offices.
Introduction and expanded use of ultrasound will improve patient care and outcomes
In 2018 we returned to Piura, Peru and taught ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia (UGRA) through didactic lectures, workshops, and working in the operating room with our hosts. After establishing an UGRA service in two of their major hospitals, we then collected data for 15 months and documented a >96% success rate for regional blocks.
This June we are returning to Piura, where we will be expanding their UGRA service, implementing a Palliative Care service, and also have anesthesiologists coming from Lima, Cusco, and Trujillo to receive training in UGRA and lung ultrasound. The introductory portion of this conference will be taught by the anesthesiologists in Piura!
Ultrasound implementation relieves suffering and improves diagnostic capability
Your donation will go towards improving care for the poorest patients in Piura -- individuals who go without pain medications after major trauma and surgery. It will significantly expand a program that continues to improve patient care by educating and equipping the physicians working in the area. Our program addresses the true meaning of sustainability: we train and empower the medical communities in which we serve. They continue to improve care long after we are gone.
33%-Purchase 3 US machines
16%-Travel costs nurses/volunteers
17%-Improve web training
7%-Expansion to new country
7%-Purchase fiberoptic scopes
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50%-Expanded intern hours/duties
50%-Purchase more US machines
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