VN Trip Report- Cho Ray Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

August 7, 2013 at 4:05 pm Leave a comment

Surgical Volunteers International has completed their fourth surgical mission to Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. We were invited to the hospital by DR Doan Dao the director of the hospital burn unit and Dr Nguyen Son the hospital director. The volunteers came from all over the US but we also had two from India.

CRH is a 2,800-bed referral hospital and serves patients from all the provinceŐs in South Vietnam and also receives some patients from Cambodia as well. The burn center is the only unit in the South of Vietnam and is extremely busy. They always have a full unit with upwards of 70 burn patients.

We arrived at the on Saturday June 22, 2013. 80 patients waiting to be screened for surgery greeted us. All the patients were past patients at the center and had debilitating contractures. After all the patients were screened we identified 33 of the patients that we felt could most benefit for a surgical procedure. I have a list of about 20 patients that we would like to do on our next trip.

On Sunday most of the team went on a tour of the Mekong Delta region. They departed at 8 AM and returned at 5 PM. The trip not only provided a tour of the countryside it allows the volunteers to get out of the hustle and bustle of HCM.

Surgery began early on Monday morning and proceeded until early Friday afternoon. We were able to provide surgical treatment to 33 patients. Lots of Full thickness skin grafts. All the patients did well.

During the week I was invited to visit a hospital in Bien Hoa Province. They are going to open a burn center there and will be sending nurses and doctors to Cho Ray Hospital for training. They have requested that SVI brings a team there next year.

At the end of the mission I took a bus to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I was met by DR Sin Moth the Deputy Director of Cho Ray Phnom Penh Hospital. The hospital is a joint project between the Cambodian and Vietnamese government. It is scheduled to open in September 2013. SVI is exploring how we would best be able to assist them once they are open.

For the remainder of this year we have a Health Fair clinic scheduled in St Vincents, and clefts missions to Haiti and Brazil. I will be adding missions for 2014 as soon as dates and locations are set.

Entry filed under: Trip Reports.

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