USF Health physicians mobilize to treat Haitian patients

USF physicians were instrumental in caring for the Haitian earthquake survivors transported from the Tampa International Airport triage staging area to Tampa General Hospital’s emergency room last week (week of Jan. 25th).

David Ciesla, MD, associate professor of surgery and division director of trauma, emergency general surgery and surgical critical care, characterized the rapid mobilization and coordination in a recent email:

“The Emergency Department attending staff and residents and the trauma residents were efficient and comprehensive in the patient assessment and prioritization of injuries. The Burn Resident and Burn nurses were instrumental in rapidly determining the level of care needed for the wounds and initiating wound care. The Neurosurgical and Orthopedic residents were on hand assisting in the evaluation of the brain, spinal cord and extremity injuries, communicated effectively with the trauma and ED physicians and formulated operative care plans in the context of their other medical conditions. Fortunately, no patients required emergent operative procedures but I am confident that if any had, the OR staff and team physicians would have been well supported. With the help of the burn resident and additional surgery residents, tertiary surveys were completed quickly in the inpatient units. At no time did we lose track of the casualties or get off track in the care plans, and, despite the volume of patients, the resources of the Trauma Resuscitation Area remained available for our normal trauma operations.”

“All should be congratulated on an outstandiing performance and commitment to the care of these patients,” Dr. Ciesla wrote.

In addition, John Sinnott, MD, director of the Division of Infectious Disease and International Medicine, said the division’s physicians have consulted to help insure that infectious or parasitic diseases do not complicate patient injuries.

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