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Updates from the March 2017 ASSH Touching Hands Project Mission Trip to San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Thursday, May 4, 2017
By Fraser J. Leversedge, MD, Duke Orthopaedics
Dr. Steven Koehler assisting Dr. Scott Kozin during surgery.

Photo: Dr. Steven Koehler assisting Dr. Scott Kozin during surgery.


Dr. Fraser Leversedge and Dr. Steven Koehler 
from the Duke Hand Surgery program in
between cases.

Last week, we completed our third outreach trip to the Ruth Paz Clinic/Hospital in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, through the American Society of the Hand (ASSH) Touching Hands Project. We had 13 team members, including 3 hand surgeons, 3 hand surgery fellows, 3 anaesthesia staff, 2 nurses, 1 hand therapist, and 1 member from an industry partner.

Five of the team members were from Duke: Fraser Leversedge, MD (Duke Orthopaedics - hand surgeon; team leader), Steven Koehler, MD (Duke hand surgery fellow), Meredith Muncy, CRNA (anaesthesia); Don Moede, CRNA (anaesthesia); and Kelly Boyd, RN (Duke Nursing). In addition, Scott Kozin, MD; a Duke undergrad, previously the President of the ASSH, and our 2016 James R. Urbaniak/Duke Hand Club Visiting Professor; participated as a hand surgeon team member from the Shriner’s Hospital in Philadelphia.

We evaluated 130 patients in our Sunday clinic (about 50% pediatric/50% adult) and then completed 57 cases over the course of Monday – Friday. Almost all of the cases were reconstructive in nature with many nerve and tendon reconstructions due to machete injuries.

Our next trip to Honduras will be in November 2017.

Read previous blog entries from the Touching Hands Project on the Duke Orthopaedics website.

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