Specialist nurses Meg and Catherine go to the burns ward
Tuesday, 02 December, 2014
Specialist nurses Meg and Catherine went up to the burns ward to meet the nursing staff and the patients that they would be helping to treat. The families told us their financial worries – treatment for burns is so expensive and it can involve months in hospital. Before we came, we had received lots of donations of specialist dressings which we were keen to use to help quicken the patient’s recovery. Catherine and Meg help dress the burns of a young male patient. Despite sustaining terrible injuries following an accident with an electricity cable, and pain relief in short supply, they quickly discovered a lively personality which had not been dampened by his injuries. Many other patients had injuries caused by hot liquid and exploding gas cylinders and petrol cans. Specialist nurse Sue, Tony and Peter set off for the theatres to make plans for the triage of burns patients later in the week following a public broadcast across north Tanzania asking for burns patients to come forward for life changing plastic surgery. Dr Kondo, Head of Surgery had made detailed plans to ensure that everything was ready.