Uganda Medical Mission Trip
A KU Medical Center team was sent to Gulu, Uganda to help provide health care to those in most need. Read their story of how they completed 95 successful surgeries in 5 days.
In September 2018, Dr. Michael McCartney traveled to Gulu, Uganda, to lead an anesthesia care team, consisting of three CRNAs and a certified anesthesiologist assistant, in successfully performing 95 surgeries in five days. The cases included plastic surgery/burn, ENT, urology and general surgery.
There were no serious complications and no cases of post-operative nausea or vomiting. These patients ranged in age from 17 months to 80+ years. As in other underdeveloped countries, in this region, much of the cooking is done over an open fire, thus making burn injuries a very common problem, especially among children. Most of the local people speak the Acoli language, and only a few speak English.
Dr. McCartney and the anesthesia team were grateful to have the opportunity to expand their outreach by traveling to Uganda to help provide these much needed surgeries.