A Slight Turn of Events
Trip Start Jan 04, 2011
27Trip End Jan 28, 2011
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Where I stayed
Chiangmai Ram Hospital
Some interesting observations I made today include the following:
1) No one ever asked for patient identification prior to administering medications. Interesting when in USA we now have to ask name and birth date.
2) The pharmacy has a robotic system that packages all pills into one package for the same scheduled time.They said the medication errors are almost eliminated with this system. Pretty impressive, huh. The nurse brings in the packet of medicine and lays it beside the patient bed. They do not know if and when the medication was administered.
3) When Thai people are sick they drink warm drinks. When Americans are sick we eat ice and drink cold drinks with ice. This appears to be a foreign concept. They look at us and respond as if we are crazy.
4)When IV meds are hung as a secondary infusion they are not run through an IV pump. They are hung by gravity.
5)Meals are brought to the rooms and set down on the dining table. They do not give it to the patient
6)MD makes more rounds than American MDs
7)Staff does not understand that you cannot receive an oral temperature when the patient just got through drinking ice water. Surprise, No Fever:)
The remaining students attended a morning orientation session on the "7-Tool Community Assessment" used by the Thai nurses. Following the session the students ate lunch and departed for Maegumpong at 12:30 pm. The students will stop at Mae-On Hospital on the way to the village.This hospital is very interesting as their focus is on alternative medicine. The students will learn about acupuncture, herbal medicine, and Thai massage. I know they will enjoy their visit.
I informed the students that if anyone experienced motion sickness they must take Dramamine prior to departing the hospital. The ride to Mae-On Village is a road that snakes up a mountain. From experience I would rather have students sleepy than sick. Upon their arrival at the village the students will be grouped in 3 and assigned to 2 nursing faculty (who will serve as translators). They will be introduced to their Kuhn Mae (mom) and Kuhn Pa (father) and will be assisted to their homes. The students will get settled into their new homes and dinner will be served. I received a call from Aj Chang and she reports all is well with everyone. I am so thankful for my Thai family who takes care of our every need. Khob kuhn mak kah.