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Mobile Surgical Team Builds Friendships, Sharpens Skills in Honduras Hospital

first_img “The goal of the MST is not only to provide surgical assistance to the local population but also to provide relief to hospitals that may be overwhelmed with patients,” said Capt. William Ang Abrigo, surgical nurse. “We are here to provide quality medical care to the patients, as well as to build a working relationship with our Honduran counterparts.” The training hospital allows the team to work with surgical students and teach new techniques they may not have been exposed to. For example, on this occasion, the surgical team partnered with a third year medical student to perform three surgeries during the MEDRETE at Hospital Escuela. By Dialogo May 06, 2013 When the MST visits hospitals in the community they travel with everything they need to complete the mission. All the instruments and drugs are packed and ready to go. This allows the team to setup anywhere to complete the mission. “We free up their surgical teams to take care of other patients,” said Boggs. “One of the patients had a dead bowel; we had to do the surgery that night or he would not have made it to morning.” “The hospital staff and our Honduran counterparts were hungry for the knowledge and for the insights we provided them,” said Capt. Shawn Fahey, MST nurse anesthetist. Surgical MEDRETES allow the MST to exercise their surgical skills while providing relief to the saturated medical staff at Hospital Escuela. The MST, assigned to the Medical Element at JTF-B, performs weekly surgical medical readiness training exercises (MEDRETE) in Comayagua and La Paz, while visiting Tegucigalpa on a monthly basis. “It was a great opportunity for us to team with our Honduran counterparts and to instruct the students during their surgical rotation,” said Maj. Boggs, MST surgeon. “We not only taught the student, we also learned from her as well.” When the team is in surgery they work alongside Honduran medical staff sharing knowledge and techniques. On April 23, Joint Task Force-Bravo’s (JTF-B) Mobile Surgical Team (MST) partnered with the Hospital Escuela, a training hospital in Tegucigalpa, to teach and perform much needed surgeries as part of a commitment to building partnership capacity. The trip to Tegucigalpa was a huge success,” said Boggs. “The hospital called us 24 hours later and requested we come back as soon as possible.” We would love to get in touch with mst in order to transfer their experiences to the central hospital of our armed forces. It’s important, since we have edited a book on operational medicine and we have published several articles considered to be of academic interest.last_img read more

Another clean sweep in Grenada elections

first_imgFor the third time in Grenada’s history, the New National Party (NNP), led by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell, has completely swept the polls. In the general elections held in that country on Tuesday, the NNP secured all 15 parliamentary seats.From the reaction of Grenadian-Americans in Central and South Florida, the results of the election is most welcomed.“Even Mitchell’s opponents would agree that this man and his government has been doing progressive things for Grenada,” said Merlene Bishop of Kissimmee. “I left my country in the mid 60’s after the 1983 uprising and vowed never to go back But from the strides the NNP government has made over the past four ear I am ready to return.”Linton Young of Port St Lucie comments were brief, but nonetheless pointed. “The Mitchell government didn’t break anything so why change it. Put them all back.”In accepting victory, Mitchel called n the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to be part of the social partners that will chart the way forward for the tri-island state.“It feels good,” the returning prime minister said after the preliminary results showed that the party had swept all the seats in Parliament. “The people of my country has shown the level of confidence in the way I have governed, it is a humbling experience.” “Whatever achievement we have had I first have to give thanks to Almighty God and the people of this country,” Mitchell said, adding that the election was the “most stress free I have ever had in my 34 years in politics.Mitchell said that unlike 2013 when he won the general election and had no idea as to the state of the local economy, this time around, “I don’t feel the pressure because I am in the seat and I know what the plans are.“Therefore, I feel very confident I will meet the aspirations of the people of this country,” he said, noting however that “to whom a lot is given, a lot is expected.”Mitchell easily won the St. George North West seat which he has been representing for more than three decades, defeating the NDC’s Alli Anthony Brian Dowden by a 2546 to 406 margin.Mitchell sought to dispel the notion that the clean sweep would result in the government having a free hand in running the affairs of the country.“You can’t ignore that 20,000 people voted against you…the task is to bring that element into the decision-making process,” he said, reiterating his call for the NDC to join the social partners in “dealing with the problems of the country.”Leader of the NDC, Nazim Burke, who led the party into an election for the first time, failed to win his seat.A national rally was scheduled to be held on Wednesday to celebrate the victory of the NNP.last_img read more

Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa could start Week 1, and that’s the only right choice for Miami

first_imgMORE: Dolphins owner believes season will happenThere’s also the question of a team’s window of contention during a quarterback’s rookie deal, especially given the rising costs of quarterback contracts in today’s NFL, so knowing who you have at QB sooner rather than later is a plus for a lot of teams. This all works to favor Tagovailoa, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. That kind of capital doesn’t — or shouldn’t — sit on the bench for long, especially when Miami showed flashes of being on the come-up last season.In all, if Tagovailoa lives up to the expectations of being an elite-caliber NFL quarterback, there’s zero harm in starting him from Week 1. And it’s good to see that becoming the rule over the exception in today’s NFL. Dolphins and NFL fans wanting to get a glimpse at Tua Tagovailoa might not have to wait long.Per Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman, it’s a “foregone conclusion” that the Alabama product could take the field as Miami’s QB1 in Week 1, and from afar, that would be the absolute correct decision. This, of course, weighing a single factor: if Tagovailoa is healthy and ready to go, which seems to be the case. Given the NFL’s trend of shifting away from sitting rookie quarterbacks to playing them right away, with varying degrees of success, playing Tagovailoa from Week 1 over Ryan Fitzpatrick is a no-brainer, simply put. After all, the myth that Fitzpatrick is a good quarterback mentor is just that — a myth — and Tagovailoa’s career and importance to a Miami franchise cursed by QB luck is more important than learning behind the mercurial Fitzpatrick.MORE: Eric DeCosta is SN’s 2019 NFL Executive of the YearBut there’s more to it than just the QB competition in South Florida. Overall, the case that rookie QBs need to start sooner in today’s NFL is stronger than ever. Daniel Jones, Kyler Murray, Drew Lock and Gardner Minshew were just four of the NFL’s rookie QBs who started games last year and had varying degrees of success — but more than enough positives to move them forward than negatives to hold them back.Jones outplayed some expectations (while turning the ball over 27 times), while Murray flashed qualities that could make him an NFL star. The mustached Minshew stole headlines and wins in Jacksonville while Lock’s 4-1 record and seven touchdowns as Denver’s starter opened eyes and provided a firm foundation for what the Broncos can expect.The age-old role of young QBs carrying a clipboard is going the way of the dodo, and that’s for the better. Tagovailoa’s college career speaks for itself, after all, and the only way to get acclimated to NFL game speed is to play in NFL games, so it’s only common sense to start the rookies sooner rather than later to really know what you have under center. Why would/should teams risk sitting a guy for three or four seasons only to discover he’s not who they thought he was?last_img read more