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We always knock off with a smile when we save lives

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We always knock off with a smile when we save lives by Peter(m): Sat Aug 2021 11:28pm
BEING a nurse is not the easiest of things. You spend several hours standing while on duty, miss important events at home, and have to deal with a lot of difficult situations at the hospital.

Yet, there are people who have chosen to be nurses and are happy to save lives.

Georgina Chipowe is the chief nursing officer of the Accidents and Emergency Department of the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka.

She talks about her department and how she and her team leave the hospital with beaming smiles when they have saved lives.

Without prior appointment; either by their own means or by that of an ambulance, scores of patients pour into Zambia’s largest hospital, the UTH from all parts of the country.

Their first stop is the Accidents and Emergency Department that is armed with an ever ready medical team of nurses, paramedics and doctors in wait for them. As chief nursing officer of the department, Chipowe’s role is to supervise nurses and coordinate their activities in the department.



She explains that the Accidents and Emergency Department is part of the Adult and Emergency Hospital – one of the five hospitals established after its decentralisation. Others are the Women and Newborn Hospital, the Eye Hospital, the Cancer Diseases Hospital and the Children’s Hospital.

“So the role of the accidents and emergency department is to receive patients, both the stable and the critically-ill. When they come, they are sorted out. Surgical cases are seen on the surgical side, those who are ambulant and stable are seen on the outpatient,” Chipowe explains.

She explains that due to the unplanned nature of patient attendance, the department provides initial treatment for a broad spectrum of illnesses and injuries, some of which may be life-threatening and require immediate attention.

According to Chipowe, the most a patient should stay in her department is 24 hours.

From the time a critically ill patient arrives, her team works around-the-clock to stabilise them before passing them to other wards for further treatment...READ MORE ON: https://kalemba.news/we-always-knock-off-with-a-smile-when-we-save-lives/


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