The IOWD anesthesia team comprises anesthesiologists and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), as well as trainee physicians and nurses pursuing graduate education in anesthesia and global health. The anesthesia team supports IOWD’s surgical mission in collaboration with local anesthesia providers. We have a dual purpose: to provide safe anesthesia to our patients and to form stable, collegial teams with the local staff that are capable of responding to the need for essential and emergency surgeries. Members of the anesthesia team conduct formal lectures as visiting faculty at the University of Rwanda and at various clinical sites. Our model supports the ideal that short-term surgical missions can contribute to sustainable delivery of safe anesthesia when programs are integrated within the local health system.
Among our proudest accomplishments at Kibagabaga District Hospital (Rwanda) is the introduction on our first mission of the (World Health Organization) Surgical Safety Checklist. Since then, we have donated a Glostavent® anesthesia machine that is designed for use in low-resource settings where oxygen and electricity supply may be unreliable.
Janet Dewan PhD, MS, CRNA
During the procedure, the patient started to pray. So I prayed with her. I did not realize that someone had taken a photo of this moment.
Jobbina Ruiz RN, CRNA Candidate