Instead of posting two blogs today, we decided to condense it into a lengthier one. Consequently we decided to post several pictures to maintain your attention. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
Our team woke up today with unbelievable confidence and vigor. Juan Pablo II was going to test our training and preparations to their furthest limits. The hospital was located about 30 minutes away from our hotel, so we packed Israel’s van to the brim and set out at 7:45 am sharp. JPII is a pediatric hospital that offers nearly all types of care, with specialists ranging from physical therapists to orthodontists. But we were not here to remember our awkward middle school braces days. No, We were determined to fix all of the medical equipment in the hospital.
After a quick tour of the facility with Delia (during which, our group discovered that it was the lair for the "pope mobile") we were shepherded into a small
conference room. We barely had time to breathe before the hospital maintenance
crew began rolling in the machines. The room slowly began to fill with
equipment and before long the atmosphere was saturated with beeps and whizzes. Michael
and Jake had the challenging job of fixing two ventilators that had not been in
use for almost three years! They worked for the entire day, testing and reading about the devices to come up with a sound report for the staff regarding how to progress with them. But, that’s not all. Casey and Ally repaired and tested ECG machines and
verified the function of two patient monitors.
It wouldn’t surprise me to find
those in patient rooms tomorrow. Sara and Anna deliberated over an incubator
and a child monitor that displayed a heart rate that was giving inconsistent readings. The pair
will be back at it tomorrow to try to repair this faulty measurement. Daniel
and Miranda were the dream team (albeit self-professed) as they tackled two
microscopes, a defibrillator, a patient monitor, and an anesthesia machine (ok,
they were pretty great). Needless to say, out of the altercation only two walked out. Both human.
|Some team members fighting to keep a patient monitor alive. |
Ally seems to be reciting the Gettysburg address at this moment.
|Chris and Mary Kate chatting it up while bringing a monitor back to life|
|Sometimes the team needs some help from some of the resources Guatemala has to offer.|
In this case, Guatemala graced us with the little thumb of a resilient Guatemalan child.
|While fixing some microscopes the dream team also |
found a cure for cancer and restless leg syndrome.
|Nate verifying the status of a temperature sensor. |
We soon realized he was doing all of this in his sleep.
dies well-nourished we returned to the hotel to hear some of our team members present their research. The reason? Well tomorrow, Casey, Nate, and Orlando will be presenting in front of Universidad del Valle’s electrical engineering student body. Our team will also be able to hear some of the Guatemalan students’ innovative electrical research before traveling back to Juan Pablo II Hospital for a second round of equipment restoration. Somebody give me a second shot of caffeine please!
More updates to come!
|Jake verifying the O2 connection to the ventilator.|
- Mary Kate put the team on her back by assessing the working power of an incubator and even provided it with more than two years’ worth of air filters.
- Sara, Chris, and Nate took to the streets with the help of Josh, our local translator, in search of some power cables and other machine parts.
- Dr. Walker actually does voice overs in many commercials to the surprise of nobody in the group.