Well, it’s the second day here in Riyadh, and we are already feeling like it is the tenth. Maybe it has something to do with jumping off the plane one night and hitting the ground running several hours later.
We started the day in the attempts of attending a lecture regarding ECMO. However, there was a bit of a computer glitch and we quickly moved on back towards the NICU. It was interesting to see how divided the lecture hall was, at first none of us thought anything of it, however, when Dave attempted to sit with us, he was directed to the other side of the room. It was then that we looked around and realized that one side was women, and the other was men.
Following this, we sat in on the NICU’s morning rounds. The specialists discuss their new admissions from the previous day in a small classroom like atmosphere. These specialists are pediatricians who admit and treat the patients. They call it sitting in the “hot seat” when they review their cases with the rest of the group. During the review the consultants, neonatologists, other physicians and residents have the opportunity to ask questions. Following the review of these cases, the physicians go on their rounds in the unit.
At this point we all go our separate directions to work on our different tasks and projects. From NRP, Mega Code/Crash Carts, Temperature monitoring and Infection efforts. Each of us spent time in the NICU with staff, and then it seems as we all ended up in different meetings throughout the day. Everyone at King Saud is excited for us to be here and to begin creating new policies and procedures with the little time we have remaining. It feels like we have so much to do in just the remaining 8 days here, but it’s exciting to be apart of an opportunity such as this with the hope of making even just a little bit of a difference.
We are hopeful that everything we are teaching and trying to implement leave this NICU in a better place to care for these babies. And as Dave mentioned, it truly makes us thankful of all the experience, technology, and resources we have back at home.