Fall 2016 Medical Mission Nursing News

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Our Fall Mission began with the arrival of Karen Currie, RN, in Ghana on November 6th 2016. Dianne Perry, RN BSN, a recently retired Canadian nursing educator, with expertise in various specialties including surgery, obstetrics and tropical diseases, joined Karen from Europe. Dell highly recommended Dianne and KBNF was able to facilitate her Ghana Visa via Italy.

After a 2 day stay in Accra, they travelled to Techiman by air. Karen and Dianne discovered a kindred spirit. Dianne’s influence was immediate, as she commenced her day on the nursing units at 05.30 hrs. Working alongside the nurses, Dianne taught them in groups of 2s and 3s in short sprints. She was urgently called to the OR one night to help deliver a baby via C- section. Mom and baby were in crisis and it was thought that the baby would not survive. However, both mom and babe did fine, much to everyone’s relief. Triplets were born and are doing fine, coming in for regular weekly checkups. Dianne’s impact was well noted and she reports she will be pleased to return for future missions.

Hazardous nursing practises were addressed and corrected. Some of these practises we have tried to correct in the past, but were observed to have resumed. Having the by-in of various nursing leaders helped to make this transition more effective. Providing an alternative that made sense to the nurses seemed to have the desired effect. Reinforcement was necessary and will continue to be so. Another decision solidified by Dr. Kessie to enhance nursing care is that the TV perched by the nursing station would be relocated to the maternity unit. Nightshift breaks are being monitored closely and have improved.

The nursing administrators, Thomas and Robert are motivated and understand the need to advance the nursing department. They partnered closely with Karen and Dianne throughout their stay, very grateful for all the expertise. They look forward to visiting Vancouver for an educational experience.

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Primary Surgery (Volume One) is Published Free Online

Dear KBNF Family,

Our colleague Michael Cotton (part of the G4 Alliance) has released a Second Edition of the free textbook Primary Surgery.

Created as a free resource for medical professionals, this textbook is available here.

From the Preface:

The first edition of this work by Maurice King appeared in 1990 and has established itself as the gold standard of do-it-yourself guides to surgery in the up-country hospital. Some 50000 hours of work went into compiling the mass of expert contributions from many varied and far-flung individuals, all enthusiasts with a first hand indigenous experience of surgery in poor-resource environments. The need for such a book has been amply justified, and 25 years on, its usefulness is in no way diminished. Indeed, there is even greater urgency for such appropriate basic surgical guidelines to be disseminated in parts of the world where people’s access to surgery has been difficult or well-nigh impossible. To this end, it is envisaged that these manuals will be translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Chinese, and also produced electronically as Compact Discs. Publication on a freely accessible web-site will allow more readers access throughout the world.

We are not involved in the creation, editing or establishing of this textbook, but feel it is okay to share the information with our readers.


A Thank You Letter from Ghana

Dear Marj. It was a great pleasure having you, Jocelyne, Danny, Karen, Dell Peter, Denise and Dr. Paul King in Ghana for medical missions that involved also Liberia and Sierra Leone. Our friendship with you and the KBNF team deepens with each visit and we thank God for your enthusiastic and passionate leadership and for the loving and joyful sacrifices of the rest of the team - executive, volunteers and the silent ones who work behind the scenes to ensure that goods and supplies are available for shipping. As you noted at the award ceremony, nearly 30 containers have been shipped, over half of them to Ghana alone. We value each of you and your love for Ghana and West Africa. Gladstone has shared with me news of what you all did at the Mount Olives Hospital over nearly four weeks period. The training of staff, support in patient care, the performance of the first spinal surgery by Dr. Paul King sharing his surgical skills as well and the clearing of yet another container shipment of medical items are all much appreciated. In my capacity as Chair of the Board of the mount Olives Foundation also, I place on record sincere thanks of the Board. The role played by the Hesse family and Gladstone and Faustina (even though physically absent in the period of the visit) in hosting all of you is valued and acknowledged with gratitude. I also place on record teaching materials donated to Faith Presbyterian Church School and the presents for the family. All of us, including the College of Health Sciences and in particular the Board of Trustees are ever grateful for all you have done to contribute to the building of human resource for health as well as to health infrastructure. God bless you all.
Rev. Prof Seth Ayettey, Ghana

KBNF Team Mission Update

Dear KBNF Family & Friends,

We are in Ghana! Our team started off with air travel, where they met up with me, Marj, in Amsterdam for the final leg to Ghana! Dell Wergeland, President of the Compassionate Resource Warehouse joined us for this trip, to assess where our hard earned donation dollars have gone, and how the places we’ve sent container shipments of medical supplies to have used our gifts. More from Dell later.
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We hit the ground running with a tour of the Accra School of Medicine, where team members Danny Moe and I (and others in the future) are to be teaching medical students in this brand new private medical school for Ghana. IMG_9049IMG_9058

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The Accra School of Medicine is a privately owned institution built by incredible champions and doctors, the Hesse’s. A Heart Power institution, it teaches compassionate care alongside medicine.

That’s all for now, time to get back to the Mission!

Marj