Archive for the ‘Low-Resource Healthcare Pearls’ Category

Surviving Life’s Most Dangerous Day

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 |

  What is the most dangerous day in a person's entire life? Perhaps the one when a teenager receives his or her driver's license, the first big college party event, a rock climbing or back woods vacation? Worldwide data actually demonstrate ...

How Would You Manage This Fracture?

Thursday, August 21st, 2014 |

  I'm holding up to the window a plain X-ray (remember those?) from a young man in acute pain that fell from a moving bus in Angola, southern Africa. As you can see, the femur fracture is displaced and shortened. As ...

Measles – Only One Airline Flight Away

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 |

  This week we have been approached by a number of well-meaning parents and travelers over the hazards associated with various routine vaccinations. Indeed, no vaccine is 100 percent effective nor 100 percent safe. But let us pause a moment and ...

Can You Treat This Child’s Fever And Diarrhea?

Saturday, February 1st, 2014 |

  With eagerness and a dose of trepidation you step into a new clinical setting. On your far left a Somali woman is delivering twins with the aid of two students and a supervisor. On your right a young Asian man ...

Can You Help This Child Breathe?

Thursday, November 1st, 2012 |

  You are volunteering in Honduras by providing vacation coverage for the clinicians whom you met at the INMED Exploring Medical Missions Conference. A young mother approaches your health center carrying a one-year old child. He is febrile and breathing rapidly ...

How Would You Treat This Cavity? – Angola Day 24

Friday, July 27th, 2012 |

  The photo above is the upper tibia of Ezekiel - the mature man with an open fracture of his upper tibia, now 6 weeks old. The black cavity is the space from where four days earlier we excised the necrotic ...

Can You Communicate With This Patient?

Friday, June 1st, 2012 |

  You are serving at the international immigrant health clinic in Dallas. At the door of the waiting room a scene like the United Nations opens before you: Somalis, Iraqis, Hmong, Burmese - many wearing traditional dress. You call aloud the ...

Could You Deliver This Baby?

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 |

  You are in Mozambique volunteering at a birthing center. The midwives are entirely African nationals who will have no backup once you depart. One evening reflecting on this fact you determine to vigilantly transfer your skills to permanent staff. At ...

Could You Resuscitate This Newborn?

Sunday, April 1st, 2012 |

  You are in Burma teaching Helping Babies Breathe - a newborn resuscitation curriculum for resource-limited settings. Your venue is a Burmese national hospital with an assembly of excited nurses and midwives. But your presentation is suddenly interrupted by an urgent ...

Learn Nothing About Global Health

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 |

  “My boy, Tomas, is urinating pure blood!” Her speech was pressured and rapid fire. “He’s been hemorrhaging for days. Is my boy going to die? ” The anxious mother lifted her son, moving the pool of accumulating blood from the ...