A New Step for Ania, A New Step For HAS
During the earthquake of 12 January, many people suffered crushing injuries to their extremities; primary care for the injured often required amputations of injured or infected limbs. An estimated 2-4,000 amputatins were performed in the first week after the earthquake, many of them under rudimentary field conditions.
Patients who arrived at HAS with crushing injuries to the extremities were managed by a specialized nursing wound care team, and the surgeons were very conservative in their management of these cases, exercising limb salvage strategies to the greatest extent possible. Only 15 long-bone amputations were required for the patients at HAS, but soon after the earthquake, we began to receive referrals from other hospitals for patients who required revisins of thei original amputaions.
Soon after the earthquake, at the encouragement of the Peachtree Orthopedic Group, which had sent two teams to HAS, we received a visit from Harold Anderson, an amputee, who brought with in representatives of the Hanger Corporation (a national leader in prosthetics and orthotics), and of the Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital in Atlanta. This group offered to HAS the opportunity to establish a prosthetics laboratory on a turnkey basis, in order to address a national demand in Haiti. Both opf the prosthetics services in Port au Prince were taken out of service as a result of the quake, and the demand for artificial limbs was becoming more apparent daily.