the team members who make this trip possible are the anesthesia staff. keeping the children safe and comfortable while we operate is a challenging task with even the most modern equipment and in Bangladesh, the conditions require experience, knowledge and skill for success.
the anesthesia team arrives early to set up in the OR's, they check on the patients in PACU and stay until the last patient leaves for the floor. the team on this trip has been one of the most amazing so far.
one of our usual anesthesiologists, Dr. Imre Redai, recently passed away this year. it was a shock and tragedy. he and i were residents together, and i knew him for over 15 years. the anesthesia team on this trip really lived up to his legacy, and i certainly thought of Imre frequently during our trip.
this is a view of the operating room first thing in the morning before patients. the wooden door on the left leads to another table, so we can do 4 cases at once. it is compact, but the team works so well together that being near each other can help if difficulty arises.
here is a time-lapse video of Dr. Greg Sheehan, CA-4 anesthesia resident from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, New Hampshire, starting anesthesia for a patient. as you can see, teamwork makes it go smoothly.