“Emergency” help from a HOPE worldwide Bolivia “voluntourist” – David Indarawis

by: John Basilio and Kevin Broyles

This past week we had the great privilege of hosting David Indarawis, MPAS, PA-C from the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine Shands Teaching Hospital. 
David spent one week in La Paz to assess the strengths and opportunities for improvement of our emergency department (ED) at Hospital Arco Iris (HAI) and to teach emergency medicine. The emergency department at HAI sees over 1600 patients each month (about 50 patients a day).

David has over 6 years of experience in one of the most prestigious and busiest emergency departments in the USA (of course part of the HOPE Bolivia team is slightly biased as Dr. Broyles is an alumni of the University of Florida College of Medicine).  Shands is a level one trauma center that accommodates over 153,000 visits a year (over 400 patients daily!)

David began the week spending a significant amount of time over each shift learning how the emergency department at HAI handles triage and the flow of patients in this busy seven bed ED.  David came up with a performance improvement plan that would improve triage, flow and complement the work of our dedicated ED physicians and medical staff.  In addition, David presented three teaching modules to the physicians, medical students and staff on emergency trauma care, cardiac emergencies and gastrointestinal emergencies.

The hospital leadership received David’s ideas with much enthusiasm and gratitude. Dr. Narvaez (Director) was most impressed at David’s ability to suggest helpful and practical improvements without tearing down walls and seeking additional funding which is always a challenge in a hospital dedicated to helping the poor.

HOPE worldwide Bolivia is once again truly grateful for those individuals like David, who through their own initiative and at their own expense sacrifice to “voluntour” – giving their time and leaving a legacy that will improve the way we provide compassionate and high quality care to the poor in La Paz, Bolivia.

Thank you David!


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