September – Ecuador: Children’s Lifeline / Fredrick Memorial & The Hospital San Ignacio, Javeriana University

“We are all so extremely grateful for Lifeline’s continued commitment to improve the quality of medical care to the neo-nates and their families here.” After returning from his team’s 12th consecutive mission to Ecuador, Dr. Fabio Olarte, the mission’s lead doctor went on to say, “Thanks to Lifeline’s support, our multi-disciplinary Neonatology group from Johns Hopkins University and Frederick Memorial Hospital was able to share our knowledge in the care of these critically ill newborns.”

There were 11 team members who participated in this year’s mission where they conducted workshops in Pre-Natal Care, instruction on “Safe Sleep” and “Prevention of Shacking Baby Syndrome.”  400 nurses, nurse students, and residents attended.  In addition, the Lifeline team helped establish a Hypothermia Program for the care of asphyxiated newborns. The group also took part in the “4th International Congress of Obstetrics-Gynecology, Neonatology and Anesthesia.” Lifeline’s presenters gave lectures during the “Neonatology Day” on many topics, including, the Developmental Care of the newborn, Red Cell Transfusions and Infection Control.

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