ATL and El Hospital del Niño: What’s in Common?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

What do A Tu Lado and a Bolivian children’s cancer hospital share in common? Both benefited from Terence Steinberg’s completion of the La Paz Marathon, held this past Sunday. The race organizer donated 300 Bolivianos (roughly $45 dollars) to El Hospital del Niño in La Paz for every person who crossed the finish line; $425* was donated to A Tu Lado in support of Terence’s endeavor to race. Terence finished the race in 4 hours and 30 minutes. Official results aren’t yet released, but we suspect he placed in the top 25%. We offer a big thank you to everyone who supported this challenge.

(*We mistakenly wrote $225 in original March 13 post; we corrected the figure to $425 on March 20)

There wasn’t much time to rest post-race. Terence and Emily flew back to Cochabamba to teach a special short course at the UMSS Nursing School, where they were invited to give a class to 35 students in the school’s first-ever post-graduate emergency medicine specialty program. For most, it was their first opportunity to try their hands at CPR on mannequins. While practicing cervical-spine immobilization and back-boarding, the students got an intro to the pre-hospital skill set, and developed an understanding of the first steps in pre-hospital patient care.

Meanwhile, we have entered our second week of A Tu Lado’s ongoing Introduction to EMT course. Although we wish we could stay for the entire duration, we have to leave Cochabamba next week for our next destination, Bogotá, Colombia. We will leave the final two weeks of the course in our partners’ hands.

Thanks again to everyone who has supported A Tu Lado. Although the race is over, we continue to welcome donations.

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Vital Signs Stations

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Backboarding Scenario

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Nursing School AED/CPR Lesson

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Nursing School CPR Practice