An interesting post, the other day, from my friend Erin about the importance of nursing in disaster response.
Erin, who is training to be a Nurse Midwife, points out
"you can have the best surgeons and trauma docs in the whole wide world performing incredible surgeries on people, but if you don't have the nursing care afterwards to change dressings, pack wounds and dole out timely antibiotics, among other things, all that surgical effort was wasted if people die from infections."
Erin's full blog entry links to two very interesting articles, one from boston.com and the other from the executive director of Partner's In Health, both of which mention the need for good nursing care in Haiti.
That's all. I wanted to share Erin's point of view and by doing so join her in advocating for the important role surgical post op and med surg nurses can play in responding to a disaster situation.
The more I hear about the efforts in Haiti and how many different disciplines are coming together to create a holistic response to this emergency situation the more amazed I am.
Just remember, we can ALL help to provide the supplies that are needed with simple online donations.