Sutter Health’s surgical team has now gone two full days without an amputation. The newly donated equipment and anesthesia from our network and others are allowing the volunteers to perform surgeries equivalent to modern standards. They’re saving the limbs of Haiti earthquake victims.
At last report, the team performed over 20 surgeries today in two operating rooms.
Working with surgical colleagues from Mass General Hospital at Harvard and a local Haitian physician, Surgical Tech Isaias Camacho, R.N. (above at right) from Sutter-affiliated California Pacific Medical Group, performed an external fixation on a broken leg.
Dr. John Donovan (above at right), anesthesiologist from Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, works with a Mass General Hospital at Harvard team to perform another successful surgery that preserves a patient’s leg.
At 5:30 p.m. Haiti time, Dr. Donovan wrote, “Yes, we are still operating. Need to get back to work. We are using teams of surgeons and anesthesiologists to round on post ops and do dressing changes. We are almost as busy on the wards as in the operating rooms.”
Dr. Steve Lockhart (above center), anesthesiologist and chief medical officer for Sutter's East Bay region, works with the team to care for a child following an operation.