Starting last fall, two new ORs were constructed alongside the old ORs. The noises of hammering, sawing, and welding were frequent accompaniments to the OR music. The first weekend of February, most of the surgical team showed up to help clean and move the equipment from the two old ORs into the new rooms.
|Part of our helpful moving staff|
|Cleaning out the old ORs|
With the increased space and number of surgeons, surgical volume has skyrocketed, with close to 300 cases being performed last month. This can be both good and bad--many more people being helped, but an increased strain on our staff, and the need continues to increase. In a country with so few surgeons, the demand will likely always be greater than the supply. Many more staff have needed to be hired to prep patients, set up for cases, circulate, clean and sterilize equipment. It's also been a pleasure to welcome many new anesthetists to work with Greg in order to provide safe anesthesia. They have continued to work long hours in order to help as many patients as possible.
|The anesthesia staff, with a visiting RN during ortho week|