Field Trip Report

9 September 2016

So, in 1982 the government received funds to open up the new hospital which was then named St. Croix Hospital and was changed to Juan F. Luis in 1994. They also asked us what we would like to be that has anything pertaining to working in the nursing, and ultrasound technician and so forth. After that we split into two groups. One group went with Ms. Toussaint and other classmates and I went with Ms. Montoute. The first place we went to learn about was the E. R (Emergency Room). And the head nurse (Donna JnBaptiste-Manning) is who told us about theirs jobs.

There are 17 beds in the E. R. They help people with trauma to the head, gunshot wounds, sickness, and if the sickness isn’t so bad that they can walk and other stuff they send them through Fast Track. We was also told to ask why do they take so long to assist to their patients if they have trauma to the head and so forth and someone said because they have other patients and because of the average waiting time. Now the hospital has to wear a specific type of scrubs and the non-clinical people wears a black pants and or skirt with a white shirt with a logo.

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OBGYN (Obstetrics and Gynaecology) that’s were women go to get a check-up themselves and so forth. Throughout the hospital there are codes. Code blue –Cardiac Arrest, Code Black- Bomb Threat, Code Brown- Aggressive Patient, Code Pink- Child Abduction, and Code Orange-Patient left, Code Red- Fire, Code Yellow- External Disaster, Code Gray- Suspicious, and Code Green-Rapid. And if anything goes wrong depending on a certain code. Their money per year is from $40,000 to $60,000 that’s not a lot of money compared to the states. So, after we were done with that we went and visit the E.

M. S (Emergency Medical Service) we learned that they have a new device to do compressions when they are doing CPR. And well they have a new ambulance which has an electric stretcher and the stretcher holds up to 700lbs. Their qualifications are Intermediate and Paramedic. You have to have a State license and or National Registry to work as an E. M. S. It takes 6 months to a year for National Registry. The people said that they have to renew their license every 2 years and take classes every year. So after we were finish with that we went to Radiology.

Oh, I loved that part out of all the different places we tended to. Radiology (the science of X-rays and other high-energy radiation). The director of this section was Mr. William Daud. Why I love this part? Because I’ve done many x-rays, and I just wanted to know more about MRIs’ and so forth. This gentleman explained to us what an x-rays does. Well, and x-ray looks at your bones. Depending on what area you are looking at you can either stand up or you may lie down on the table where they have to set you up to the position that your doctor prescribed you too do.

He also told us that they sometimes use barium to see if there is any blockage anywhere in your system that is preventing your blood to flow and clogging and so forth. Then we went to this ultrasound room, Mr. Williams told us that it gives off sound to the image of the body. In order to be an ultrasound technician you need to know how to physics, math, biology, and chemistry. After that we went to the Mammography which looks at your breast. It checks to see if you have any breast cancer and if it’s that bad.

It picks up breast cancer. There is a new machine they introduced us too which was the Densitometry the brand name is Hologic it tests to see if you have dense bones or more like brittle bones. Older folks have brittle bones. Brittle meaning easily broken. We also learned about CT (Computerized Tomography) and MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). After we learnt about that we went to the lab. At the lab Ms. Angie took us to the Chemistry Department and they were telling us about testing blood to see what is affecting someone.

If, their blood glucose/cholesterol is high, and so forth. And they also said the blood takes 3-5 minutes to gel up so that they can put it in the spinner. But when it gels up they put cerium. Next we went to learn about Hematology (the study of blood). Ms. Shirley was the one telling us about what she does and what Hematology is. My reflection on this field trip was good. I really enjoyed the different parts we toured to. It was very interesting and exciting. I probably would do one of the fields which I was most interested in.

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