Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Another great day at the Sihanouk Hospital Center for Hope

We found the hospital library and met with the librarian. We were impressed at the extensive collection of medical/nursing/healthcare text books they had. We donated 5 text books on wound management (thanks to our colleague Virginia McNaughton who dropped them off the night before we left) copies of the JWOCN, the CAET Link, Wounds, Ostomy Wound Management and Wound Care Canada. We recommended that there be a designated section set up in the library for wound care books, journals and literature which he agreed to do. We were very pleased that we were able to assist in setting this wound care section up. For those of you who have medical/nursing  text books that you want to pass on, this library would be a good place to consider donating them to. We can arrange it for you.

The Hospital Library at the Sihanouk Hospital Center for Hope
We went over the the surgical clinic to contribute to a VAC application on a patient with a large wound as a result of an abcess. The abcess had been drained but the wound was large, infected and was showing few signs of healing.When we arrived we were told that we would have to go to the Operating Room because the procedure would be done there due to the patient experiencing pain and the need for surgical debridement. We quickly got ready for the OR and joined the two surgeons.

Cathy and Mary in the Operating Room

A HVO volunteer collegue Raymond who is a nurse anaethetist was also in the OR theater for the case teaching anaesthesia administration  Mary provided the surgeons with her strong expertise on the aplication of VAC Dressings. The wound was very deep and it required layering of the sponge. Mary guided the surgeon in the proper technnique in layering the sponge.

We provided an eductional presentation to  about 8 nurses and nurse educators on the basics of wound care, including the anatomy of the skin, phases and principles of wound healing. We covered the technique of wound swabbing and the lights went on. We will continue this later.



  1. You guy's look "armed and dangerous"!!!

  2. You two are great ambassadors of wound care!
    Thanks for sharing!

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