Yes there is plenty wrong with our own health system at the moment. And yes we have just had a really busy shift.
But let us just take pause to reflect and put our own problems in perspective.

As the Syrian regime exerts a campaign of violence and repression against its own people, doctors and nurses are being forced to set up clandestine medical clinics to treat wounded patients in order to avoid risk of torture and arrest by the security services.

Medicins Sans Frontieres reports that a crackdown on the provision of urgent medical care for people wounded in the ongoing violence in Syria is widespread.
Most people wounded by shrapnel and bullets do not go to the public hospitals for fear of being arrested or worse.
Medical staff are often using false names and diagnosis to protect their patients as security forces search hospital records for injuries consistent with those suffered by protesters.

Medial staff have now set up ‘mobile hospitals’ in order to avoid detection and provide basic medical care to the injured.

“The security services attack and destroy the mobile hospitals,” said a doctor who requested anonymity. “They enter houses looking for drugs and medical supplies.”
Security is the key concern for doctors working in the parallel underground networks.

In the prevailing climate of terror, treatment must be provided rapidly since medical workers and patients must constantly change location to avoid detection.
“We are constantly being pursued by the security forces,”
said another physician. “Many doctors who treated wounded patients in their private hospitals have been arrested and tortured.”

It is extremely difficult for the clandestine health workers to treat major trauma cases and provide post-operative care.
Additionally, they cannot obtain blood from the central blood bank, which is controlled by Syria’s Ministry of Defense – the only blood supplier in the country.
Only a few wounded patients have managed to find refuge in neighboring countries, where they can receive proper – albeit delayed – medical care.

 

I consider myself blessed to be living in a country that is free from such violence and oppression. And that I am able to work as part of a medical system that although far from perfect ( and in need of urgent improvements) is not fighting for its very life.

Leave a Reply

(required)

(required)

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

  • impactednurse.com will soon be gone. (3)
    • Zeke said: Are you keeping an archive of this site on the nurse path site?

    • jelly said: Just work a few more hundred Sundays!

    • matgrad said: Bye Ian will miss the site but as you say everything has its day. Good luck for the future.

  • Nurses are F*cking C*nts. Verbal abuse in our workplace. (32)
    • Rose said: I have read this article and found it very relevant to me and my own experience.Unfortunately a lot of people think that it is quite OK and acceptable to take out their anger and frustration against a sometimes inadequate health system on nursing staff. I also think that gender is an issue as I often feel that female nurses are...

  • Nominate Now: Social Media Nurse of the Year. (21)
    • Belynda Abbott said: I would like to nominate 3 amazing nurses that contribute to nursing and social media in many different ways: 1. The amazing Philip Darbyshire @PDarbyshire and http://www.philipdarbyshire.co m.au/index.php?option=com_easy blog&view=entry&id=44& amp;Itemid=13&utm_source=b uffer&utm_campaign=Buff...

  • When a patient leaves with cannula in-situ. (17)
    • Andy said: Good thinking! At my hospital the Oncology staff are trained/instructed to bleed CVADs before every use regardless, to remove potential clots, discard, flush, then use. Another excuse if you need it ;)

  • bully nurse. (40)
    • G Boucle said: This is not surprising at all to me! Nurses can and do bully patients, I was on the brunt of this after a surgery with spinal fusion on 5 segments! The pain was blinding, they bickered in front of me over who would change the cath bag on the floor already filled and looking about to burst, I found this extremely upsetting....

  • The art of bleeding. Art, insult…or just plain WTF? (6)
    • Contrarian said: I have seen at least one, maybe two live performances of the Art of Bleeding (they were performing at the periphery of other attention-immersive events). Of course the nurse-slut costume is a standard image, but they turn it on its head and dissect it. So, yes, as they say, while the nurse slut draws in the viewer, the viewer is...