March Newsletter

UPCOMING EVENTS

17th Annual New York Gala
Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York will be honored at the 17th Annual New York Gala on Wednesday, May 15, in Manhattan. Tickets and tables may be purchased here.

POSITIONS AVAILABLE!

The hospital is seeking candidates for the positions of Executive Director,Medical Director and Nurse Educator. These are full-time paid positions. Information can be seen onour website here.

LONG-TERM VOLUNTEER WANTED!

LFHC is seeking a Neonatal Nurse to volunteer at the hospital in Luang Prabang for a period of 6-12 months. The volunteer is primarily responsible for the education, training and development of the LFHC neonatal nursing team. Information about the position and how to apply can be found here.

LFHC Staff Teaches Neonatal Resuscitation

   LFHC doctors and nurses have conducted two neonatal resuscitation training sessions for staff members at LHFC and Luang Prabang Provincial Hospital. The training involves lectures and simulations focusing on the care of an infant immediately after birth.

The training is planned for once every month during the next three months by different LFHC nurses and doctors to ensure all of the staff are trained in neonatal resuscitation.

The training is also an opportunity for LFHC staff to collaborate with their Provincial Hospital colleagues who also see many neonates.

The sessions have been led by doctors Lakiher Latongxai and Annkham Thammaseng, nurses Somchit Bounnaphone and Somphone Lao and expat nurse volunteer Sam Hardeman.

LFHC Saves Toddler’s Life

   A multidisciplinary team at LFHC recently saved the life of a 2-year-old boy who was suffering from an “acute abdomen,” a medical emergency often associated with ruptured intestines or a perforated appendix.

The boy, Khamphan Nun, was feverish and dehydrated by diarrhea. After much questioning by staff, his family revealed that their son had been bitten by a dog in the scrotum and that he had an unrepaired inguinal hernia.

Khamphan was rushed into the Operating Theater, where a surgical team repaired a part of his intestine that had herniated into his scrotum, which had been bitten by the dog. The surgeon had to perform an ostomy.

Read more about Khamphan’s case on our website here.

Donors Respond to LFHC Blood Drive

   Monthly blood drives are a vital component of operations at Lao Friends Hospital for Children, which has seen an increase in surgeries and thalassemia patients.

Twenty-one people were donors during the February blood drive at the Friends Gallery in downtown Luang Prabang.

There always seems to be a shortage of blood in the province and LFHC encourages local residents, expats and tourists to donate.Read more here.

Follow-up Clinic Used in Treatment of Malnutrition

   The LFHC staff is ever-vigilant for signs of malnutrition in the children they see.

Last year, more than 150 children were treated for severe or moderate malnutrition and hospital administrators started a follow-up clinic that includes test-feeding (under medical supervision) of ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF).

Nearly three tons of RUFT have been imported to ensure an adequate supply of this vital medication for the malnourished children in the region.

The hospital’s therapeutic food program is designed to dramatically reduce the need to hospitalize malnourished children for long periods.

Globally, about 45 percent of the deaths among children under the age of five are linked to poor nutrition, according to a UNICEF article published in October.Read more here.

Staff Gains Insights into Wound Care

   Among the many training activities that regularly occur at LFHC was a recent session about wound care.

Jack O’Meara, an ex-pat volunteer, taught a group of Lao doctors and nurses how to evaluate wounds and apply the appropriate dressing.

As a teaching hospital, LFHC trains dozens of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals every year. Last year, 44 medical volunteers and 60 nurses contributed to the training and mentoring of the LFHC staff.

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