Ghana: January 11-25

Source: Blog Post

Dr. Brad Rockwell, a Hand Surgeon at University of Utah Medical Center, kicked off 2019 for the Touching Hands Project by participating in our first ever THP-funded Ghana mission, in partnership with Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO). This was Dr. Rockwell's 8th visit to Ghana, and we are thrilled to have had such an experienced surgeon at the helm of this mission.

Through lectures, surgical observations, and an open dialogue, Dr. Rockwell's work in Ghana focused heavily on education, working with staff to improve current surgical methods and conserve supplies available to the hospital. 

Dr. Rockwell promoted critical thinking in a collaborative environment that allowed the local surgeons to walk through each surgery with added focus to the minute details. At the center of each discussion were four questions:

-    What is the patient’s condition?
-    What are we trying to accomplish?
-    What is our current surgical plan? Do we have a backup plan?
-    How can we look at this procedure differently, considering what we have readily available?

You can see photos from Dr. Rockwell’s mission below: