Legacy nurses’ care extends worldwide
A team of Legacy nurses and physician assistants recently returned from providing health care to nearly 1,000 patients in towns and villages in Nepal.
Under the auspices of Project Helping Hands — an Oregon non-profit organization — the Legacy team began its two-week medical mission on March 15. After landing in Kathmandu, they traveled four hours northeast towards the in the earthquake-ravaged town of Lamusanghu. During two days of clinics there, they treated about 400 patients.
Typical medical complaints included abdominal pain, back aches, fevers and cough, eye issues and dental problems. The team brought decades of clinical experience to the clinics; most of the team members came from the Emergency Departments at Legacy Emanuel and Legacy Good Samaritan medical centers.
Back in the Kathmandu valley, the Legacy team held another clinic in the town of Banepa and then conducted two days of instruction for nursing students at the Himalayan Medical Society nursing campus. Two more clinics in Rajahar (near the border with India) rounded out the mission.
“We concentrated on education to improve the health of the clients and so that they can know when to seek higher care than available locally,” says Rick Burian, R.N. “We emphasize hydration, dental hygiene, proper nutrition, good body mechanics and other healthy behaviors to be sustainable.” The team also provided hundreds of pairs of reading glasses and sun glasses, as well as medications as appropriate.