This is the first trip for the Dell Children’s Surgical Global Outreach team. The first priority is of course providing care for children who otherwise wouldn’t have access to it. But popping in and out of Guatemala to do surgeries doesn’t help the system. So we are taking notes, seeing what works and what doesn’t, providing ideas about the processes. Behind the surgeries are procedures, management of resources, documentation, organization, and education. One item of emphasis for our team is also education. Our hope is to transfer our knowledge of best practices in Austin to the staff and patients in Guatemala City. For instance our team talks to families about child safety, proper diet, child advocacy, infection control, hydration, pain management. The Moore Center has a wonderful staff and outstanding facility and together with the DCSGO team we hope to help improve processes and communication that lead to the best care possible.

View photographs from Day 5.