Following a challenging first day at Hospital Nacional Pedro de Bethancourt, the team headed back bright and early Thursday morning to continue our efforts. After arriving at the hospital and dividing into groups, Anna, Daniel and Sara grouped up to investigate the functionality of several patient monitors. The team also tested and repaired an infant monitor, and worked with the hospital staff to teach them in detail how to operate the monitor. Michael, Chris, Mary Kate and Casey tested the ECG, blood pressure and SpO2 measurement functions of four other patient monitors. In this project, they also repaired several beat up SpO2 modules. The quartet, with the assistance of Dr. P, also tested three ventilators and identified malfunction in their oxygen-level sensors. Chris also repaired a cervix cauterizing implement. Miranda, Nate and Dr. Walker took the title of electronics sleuths of the day for their work on an infant warmer and incubator.
|Nate troubleshoots circuitry inside an infant warmer with our translator, Josh|
|Jake, Ally and Orlando install a heating element into an infant warmer for the maternity ward|
|At the entrance to our tasty Thursday|
night dining location
|"Los tres cebollines" (Daniel, Michael and Jake) |
se disfrutan Los Cebollines
After a busy day at Pedro de Bethancourt, the team retreated to the hotel to clean up and walk over to dinner at Los Cebollines on a rainy night in Antigua. The team had the pleasure of being accompanied by Clara, a personal friend of Dr. P and native Antigua resident. Enjoying a wide variety of platos de pesca, frijoles, cedra, pollo y más (fish, bean, pork and chicken dishes and more), our group was treated to yet another memorable dinner. Among other great conversation was a group discussion of yesterday’s discussion question: What is your opinion on the ethics, advantages and problems of the product life cycle seen in the medical device industry? As with virtually all the week’s reflection questions, the team had an enhanced view of the subject as it drew on a multitude of experiences we've had here in some of Guatemala’s various healthcare facilities.
|The team enjoys a customarily awesome and stimulating dinner discussion after a long day of work; |
pictured is a rare photo of a seldomly witnessed occurrence: Chris talking to people