Omaha Public Radio News
8:23 am
Thu January 28, 2010

Creighton medical team returns home from Haiti

Omaha, NE – A nine member medical team from Creighton University Medical Center is home after spending a week treating victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

The team returned home late Tuesday night. They were the first of four CUMC teams to go to Haiti. During their week-long mission in Jimani, the team treated about 800 patients. Many had crush injuries, compound fractures, and infections. Dr. Brian Loggie led the medical mission, which included three surgeons, surgical nurses, and anesthesiologists. He says they worked up to 15 hour days and faced several challenges, including having to sterilize medical instruments by hand.

Members of the medical team say while the work was grueling, it was also extremely important. Another group left this week for Haiti, bringing with them crutches and dressings for patients recovering from surgery.