50 surgeries in five days: Tammy Kidd, RN, shares thoughts on her mission trip to Haiti
Tammy Kidd, RN, a staff nurse on General Surgical Unit, recently participated in a mission trip to Haiti with the Community Coalition for Haiti and Notre Dame of Maryland University. “Our team of five doctors and five nurses traveled to the port town of Jacmel, Haiti,” said Tammy. “We met resilient people in this low-resource area and completed 50 surgeries in five days.”
The clinic was small, with only three operatories and limited recovery space. Tammy served as a scrub nurse, PACU nurse, and bedside nurse as the team performed TURP’s, inguinal hernia repair, hydrocele repair, partial thyroidectomies, ovarian fibroid embolizations, and even one mastectomy.
She was assigned a translator, Alexandra, on the left in the photo above, but also kept her most frequently used phrases close at hand.
“I was excited to be able to use my knowledge of caring that I apply daily at AAMC on a global level,” said Tammy. “I was not prepared for the lasting impression Haiti left on my heart and I will go back one day, I’m sure of it. Maybe dragging a few colleagues with me.”