Lessons learned while doing – or at least trying to do good!

YOU NEED MORE THAN A VENTILATOR TO SAVE SOMEONE’S LIFE.

I worked for three years in Africa and really came to appreciate how complex an ICU is. You’ve got the ventilators, that’s the thing that you can see. But all the little pieces have to be sourced, someone has to clean it, someone has to order the cleaning solution, someone’s got to write the protocol to train the person that cleans it. It’s this really complex ecosystem, and each of the pieces of the ecosystem are required for the thing to work. Everyone’s focused on producing more ventilators, but the real capacity is the smallest thing in that ecosystem…

This is #1 of 3 important things Dr. Runnels learned in less developed hospitals in disaster areas. Click the link up above to read the next paragraphs that make his point…and the 2 that follow:

YOU ARE ONLY VIABLE IF YOUR HEALTH CARE WORKERS ARE HEALTHY.

SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO MAKE A DECISION TO GIVE UP ON A PATIENT FOR THE GREATER GOOD OF THE SYSTEM. AND THAT’S HARD.

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