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NH nurse describes post-op unit set up in Haiti

January 25, 2010

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LEBANON, N.H.—A New Hampshire nurse volunteering in Haiti says patients are getting excellent care despite limited resources.

Rachel Allen of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is part of a group sent to Haiti through an alliance between the hospital, Dartmouth College, Dartmouth Medical Center and Partners in Health, the Boston-based organization co-founded by Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim.

She told reporters Monday that the team has set up a post-op ward in a tent outside a Port-au-Prince hospital and are caring for about two dozen patients at a time, many of them amputees. She said despite the conditions, few wounds have become infected.

Patients' families are pitching in, doing everything from cleaning wounds to washing bed linens.