Dedicated to the 5 billion without safe and affordable surgery - come explore global surgery heroes in tech, law, war, business, and of course, the OR!
Ep 34: Drew Reynolds and Alison Fussell
Undergoing surgery is an extremely multifaceted process that includes physical, mental, and social aspects to make it successful. Often when we talk about surgery, we focus on the physical and neglect these other important parts. This is where social work can bring all the pieces together to include the biopsychosocial approach to surgical care - an inter-disciplinary model that connects these three important patient factors. Join us as we talk in this episode about how Drew and Alison are helping to tackle this issue for pediatric populations around the globe!
Ep 33: James Johnston (w/ Guest Host Daniel Lowe)
Humans are inherently social creatures. For centuries we’ve learnt to survive, adapt and overcome through collaboration and unity. Medicine, in particular, highlights the value of taking input from multiple specialities and healthcare professionals to optimise patient care. However, with the power of modern technology, does this collaboration need to be confined to a single hospital? Why shouldn’t we collaborate with experts from around the world? Intersurgeon.org aims to establish a new paradigm to ensure the standard of clinical care is high no matter the setting. By harnessing the knowledge of over 600 specialities worldwide, this free service drives the pursuit of equitable and safe surgery. Join us as we dive deeper into the work of Paediatric Neurosurgeon Dr James “Jim” Johnston, co-founder of Intersurgeon with Guest Host Daniel Lowe a passionate Medical Student from Australia as we discuss how to facilitate regional LMIC collaboration and the value of ‘coral reef’ networking.
Ep 32: Christina Dejean Soray
Healing takes time. To heal means to regenerate, to align and to gain strength. Wound healing, in particular, highlights the power of the human body in times of crisis – manipulating its resources and cells to restore homeostasis. But what happens when that fails? What happens if it’s a traumatic wound that gets infected, fails debridement? In high-income settings, the simple answer is negative pressure wound therapy – which costs thousands of dollars a device. But that’s not sustainable in every environment around the world. Here creativity and innovation rise from the ashes as Hattian and International surgeons and engineers were able to push the boundaries of function and cost for low-resource settings. Join us in this incredible episode as we talk with Haitian orthopaedic surgeon Dr Christina Dejean Soray on her low-coast “Turtle VAC”, finding solutions based on what you see clinically, and advice on being female and navigating a heavily male-dominated speciality!
Ep 31: Adrianna Serna
Checklists have been instituted in many sectors to help streamline processes. They are there to make things easier and bring peace of mind by eliminating forgotten aspects of a procedures. Surgery is no different. The surgical checklist is vital to the delivery of safe surgery around the world, however, checklist implementation involves changing minds, operating room culture, and the dreaded word - paperwork. However, “leadership is more important than resources. If you change your mind you can change every environment. The difference is inside of the head of the people.” Surgical checklists save lives. One doesn’t want to be having an emergency in the midst of an emergency due to lack of planning or a skipped step. Everything needs to be ready exactly as is needed at its time of utilization. Join us in this incredible episode as we talk with Dr. Adriana Serna about initiatives to institute surgical checklists in Colombia and other Latin American countries and how to empower members of the surgical team to speak up and participate in making this life saving practice a routinely used item!
Ep 30: Chidiebere Ibe
Medical textbooks are a staple for education for medical trainees worldwide. These textbooks teach through words but they also teach through picture portrayals of conditions students will see in the future. Topics include basic anatomy, skin conditions, injury patterns, and even necessary medical equipment. Unfortunately, many of these textbooks are currently dominated by picture portrayals of patients with caucasian skin. This lack of diversity not only misrepresents the overall patient population, but can also be misleading - for example, certain skin conditions can look extremely different based on skin color and students may miss critical diagnoses due to inadequate education for this patient population. Our host today is working to change that. Meet Chidiebere Ibe; a Nigerian medical illustrator working to increase visibility of patients with non-caucasian skin in the medical literature and textbooks. Join us as we talk about how he hopes to use medical illustration to make neurosurgery more attainable for African medical students, how mentorship helps to overcome barriers, and how equitable illustrations can help both patients and trainees understand conditions better!
Ep 29: Garreth Wood
Vaccination efforts around the world have been extremely successful - saving millions. They have been particularly helpful in pediatric populations. While vaccinations for children are important, if they are not followed by adequate access to surgical care, many of these children will still die premature.
Currently part of the bottleneck of decreased access for pediatric populations is the lack of operating rooms as well as lack of surgeons trained to care for this vulnerable population. This is where Garreth Wood and KidsOR are trying to help, by not only building additional pediatric operating rooms but also helping to train additional local pediatric surgeons to expand access in many countries around the world. It is an investment but one that certainly has immense benefits - both economically and for people’s lives.
“Investing in children surgery is one of the best returns on investment that one could get. The impact is immense [through] all of the lives saved and disability prevented by children who need surgery. We have calculated that in one year of activity, in just one operating room, it generates 11.7 million dollars for the local economy. Then if you scale that up to multiple operating theaters over multiple years, we are talking about billions of dollars being generated in GDP across low- and middle-income countries… [thus] investing in surgery is unrivaled in performance.”
Join us in this fascinating episode as we discuss the need for pediatric surgical efforts and some of the strategies that are currently being used to tackle this important issue!
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