[at-l] surprise email

Mara Factor mfactor at gmail.com
Mon Jan 25 07:59:32 CST 2010


What Rockdancer's sister observed about the family's responsibility to
care for patients where she is treating patients is not unusual in
third world (and maybe developing) nations.  In facilities with
limited resources, this allows the medical personnel and hospital,
clinic, or tent administration to concentrate their attention on the
actual medical needs of the patient.

From: http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/content/full/165/1/37
"As in many poor countries, it is not a part of nursing care in
Cambodia to wash or feed patients; if relatives were not available,
such care was simply not provided."

From: http://www.lap-surgery.com/html/ed_Laparoscopic.html
"insufficient hygiene, lack of appropriate medication and overcrowding
of the wards by patients relatives who are in charge of the food
supply to the patient."

A couple of suggestions for making contributions...

Be very careful when clicking on a link to get to an organization's
web site.  There are, unfortunately, many spoofed sites that will take
your money and run.  For example, if you are going to the Red Cross
web site to make a donation, type in the URL rather than clicking on a
link.  It's redcross dot org  in case you're interested.

Also, consider contributing without earmarking your contribution to a
specific disaster's aftermath.  This will allow the organization to
better plan for future needs, too. You just never know when or where
another disaster is going to hit.  If something really bad happens
elsewhere tomorrow, will you be ready to make another equally generous
contribution?

Just something to think about...

Mara
Stitches, AT99

Visit my Travels and Trails web site at: http://friends.backcountry.net/m_factor


On Sun, Jan 24, 2010 at 11:58 PM, RockDancer <rockdancer97 at comcast.net> wrote:
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> ...One comment she made: the relatives of the patients are coming to the facility with food for the patient. Seems like the family members are responsible in some way for their care and feeding. Many are small children.

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