Department Mobilizes to Help Victims of Haiti Earthquake
The Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine is joining forces with other Mass General colleagues to provide much-needed assistance to victims of the Haiti earthquake.
Three DACCPM physicians Drs. Paul Firth, Akshay Dalal, and Neelakantan Sunder are participating in Haiti relief efforts sponsored by Partners in Health and Project HOPE.
The department plans to deploy more staff in the months to come and will also send equipment and supplies. More than 40 DACCPM clinicians have volunteered to help including faculty, CRNAs and residents, according to department chief Dr. Jeanine Wiener-Kronish.
Dr. Firth, who left Jan. 26 for a three-week mission on the hospital ship USNS Comfort, has written a blog post about his experiences.
Before he left, Dr. Firth said he expected the 1000-bed ship, which is stationed off the coast of Port-au-Prince, to be "jam-packed."
"It's the first time in its history that it's been filled," he said.
While he conducts clinical work, Dr. Firth hopes to collect data and teach others in the field.
"I try to bring my special skills in pediatric anesthesiology into play," Dr. Firth said. "If you can teach other people, you can multiply your effect. You always want to keep your mind open and expand on your usefulness."
For more information on Mass General's response to the Haiti earthquake, including correspondence from staff and ways to help, please see Mass General's Haiti website.
Top: Dr. Paul Firth, who is scheduled to return on Feb. 16. Photo provided courtesy of Project HOPE.
Bottom: Dr. Akshay Dalal, who returned Jan. 30.
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