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Updates   (published in Mongolia)

July 10, 2017 by   Comments(0)

Any further updates about the trip, or any medical experience will be posted on:

https://hannahkwuo114.wixsite.com/projectsabroad 

 

Thank you!

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Projects Abroad Trip- Lessons/Classes   (published in Mongolia)

July 8, 2017 by   Comments(0)

As a group, we learned about/how to perform CPR, carry out different types in injections/IV drips, and measure the blood pressure plus pulse rate of a patient. 

At first, many of us struggled with measuring the blood pressure, as we had to multitask by listening with a stethoscope but also concentrate on the needle of the indicator- we used an old fashioned pressure reader instead of a machine. In many cases, we could not hear the heart beating as it was very faint. 

 

Regarding the injections, it was the first time I got told that there were different angles that the injections had to be taken for various types of drugs! For example, certain injections had to make sure the needle was 15 degrees away from the skin, while others had to be at 90 degrees - this must be a lot of hard work for real nurses to remember!

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Projects Abroad Trip- Hospitals   (published in Mongolia)

July 8, 2017 by   Comments(0)

During the 2 week stay in Mongolia, our group went to several hospitals. 

The main one that we stayed and observed/worked at was called Shastin's Central Hospital. There, I observed in the stroke unit, emergency department, post-surgery room, and witnessed a heart and eye surgery.

One of the most memorable moments in the hospital was when I was watching the open heart surgery! After asking the nurses, we found out that the patient had a hole on his septum, meaning oxygenated and de-oxygenated blood was mixing. Everyone is born with this hole, but it closes up soon after birth! The operation was to close up the hole as it caused lethargy and pain on the man. The operation was interesting, as the patient's heart rate kept rising and falling. In some moments, nurses had to inject drugs to slow down the heart so the doctor could operate more smoothly!

At Shastin Central Hospital, i also got to see an ECG scan. I did not know what this was until the supervisor explained to me that it measured the heart's electric pulses and energy. With an ECG, doctors/nurses are able to distinguish any issues with the patient's heart by looking at the peaks of the printed paper!

 

Overall, the experience in hospitals allowed me to get a better grasp of what doctors do on a daily basis and I got introduced to more medical terms, equipment, and other items.

 

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The End   (published in Mongolia)

August 28, 2015 by   Comments(3)

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(the NTV shoot... obvious caption is obvious)

(volunteers at the care out reach: from left, Hiroko from Japan, Fred from Italy, and Xanthie from England)

Here is the final chapter of my tales from Mongolia. This last week showed some very feeble signs of improvement, but unfortunately, it came too late to brighten up the rest of the trip.

Tuesday was actually a delightful day. I participated in the care outreach that Projects Abroad was hosting. We took some kids with serious developmental disabilities, who were abandoned as babies, to a small playground on the outskirts of UB. I wheeled a young man, suffering from cerebral palsy, up and down a little bridge. He loved it. The other volunteers showed their amazing love and compassion to the kids, who are neglected by their society, and sadly to say, even the nurses at the clinic (the treatment they receive, just left to writhe on the floor, it makes you cringe...). As Fred, an Italian guy working on a business project said, "This was the first day of my trip that I felt like a volunteer." I had to agree with him: it was definitely more fulfilling than wasting time at NTV. But, I am certainly glad I did not do that project–it seemed very stressful and exhausting. It takes a special kind of person to take that as a placement, and they receive my undying respect.

On Thursday, NTV actually had me on a shoot. Well, "having me on a shoot," really meant that I just stood there, taking still photos of the recording, but nonetheless, it was something. We went to the construction site of the new UB airport. It is out in the middle of nowhere. I mean, seriously, it took nearly 45 minutes to arrive from the studio, which isn't even in the city center. But it was nice seeing the open Mongolian countryside once again, ...

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Lots of catching up to do.... Starting with the Shastin's Experience!   (published in Mongolia)

August 25, 2015 by   Comments(0)

Basically haven't written anything in a LOOOONG while, but hopefully I'll be able to catch up now!!

For my entire time in Mongolia, I have been placed in Shastin's Central Hospital (also known as the "3rd Hospital" to the Mongolians, which points towards the fact that Mongolia has 3 big tertiary hospitals serving the peope). And during the first two weeks of my placement, I was shadowing Dr. Erdenedalai Altaihuu ("Dr. Dalai"--everyone seems to have nicknames here!), who is the head of the anesthesiology department, specializing in particular with neurosurgery. I'll have to admit: I was a little meh about my placement at first, because I had been hoping to be more involved in the cardiac department, either cardiac surgery or cardiology. However, two things made me change my mind:

1: I should really branch out more! Most of my medical experience thus far has been related to the cardiovascular field--it would be great for me to see different things and experience different departments.

2: It was probably the best thing that I was placed with an anesthesiologist (and a well-established one at that), because this granted me what felt like unprecedented access to all the various surgeries in not only the neurosurgery department, but also cardiac surgery (where my doctor knows the cardiac anesthesiologists very well). And besides, since the anesthesiologist is comparatively not as busy during the actual surgery portion (with respect to the surgeons performing the surgery, who must be completely focused on their immediate actions at hand), and thus could answer all of my numerous quesitons!

During the two weeks while I was in the anesthesiology department, I was able to see many different brain and spinal cord surgeries--from aneurysms to tumor removal. Probably the coolest ...

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