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The Myanmar Project

The Myanmar Project

During their stay in Wakema, Myanmar, PMM volunteers, surgeon Renata Popik and anaesthetist Justyna Leszczuk accomplished all the scope of work planned for this project trip. They qualified 52 patients for operation (some of the procedures are currently being carried out by the next team of PMM doctors in Myanmar), provided consultations at the outpatient clinic as well as trainings for the hospital staff.

Furthermore, within the framework of the project, the Wakema hospital was supplied with an anaesthetic apparatus, a cardiac monitor, an operating lamp, an electrocoagulation machine and a suction pump; also, surgical instruments and medicines were purchased.

The operations were not only intended to save patients’ lives but also to provide education. The first operations were performed by Renata Popik, later on by a local surgeon under the supervision of the doctor from Poland.

The volunteers conducted some anaesthetic trainings on the categories of anaesthesia (nerve block, local and general), preparing patient for anaesthesia, types of medicines used and use of equipment; also, surgery trainings on physical examination, targeted interview prior to an elective operation; preparing a patient for an elective operation and in emergency mode – medicines, securing venepuncture sites, Foley catheter, nasogastric tube if necessary, preparing the surgical site; post-surgical wound care; chronic wound care; minor procedures at outpatient clinic, surgical instrumentation, necessary resources, preparing surgical instruments including sterilisation techniques; description of modern dressings – I brought some dressings with me, they were applied and are still being used for that burnt child and in two other cases; HIV, HCV and HBV infection prophylaxis; post-operative pharmacotherapy.

The kinds of procedures performed: inguinal hernias using modern techniques, lip tumours, breast tumours, nodular cutaneous lesions, purulent lesions; haemorrhoids; pigmented moles; gastrointestinal perforation; submandibular gland tumour; thyroid cyst.