ORH 2017 - Setting up the Operating Theatre
Whilst screeing is ongoing, theatre sisters and anaesthesia technicans were busy with setting up the theatre for the coming week.
All forms of equipment were brought to Manila by the team members: anaesthesia machines, surgical instruments, dressings, syringes, needles, and all other necessary consumables. This year we will operate using 3 tables, a recovery area from which patients are discharged to the wards once stable, and an administration room.
The team was able to secure release of all equipment sent from New Zealand 1 day before the mission began following a 7 month odessey, including shipping and navigation of the complicated import regulations of medical devices into the Philippines, this would not have been possible without the team from the ASK Foundation and the personal efforts of Via Hoffman. At 40 degrees celcius the heavy equipment was finally offloaded with everbody helping - a real team effort!