In Haiti, surging gang-related violence and crime alongside road traffic accidents contribute to the consistently high demand for trauma healthcare.
“In the intensive care unit (ICU), we receive patients with head trauma, closed or open abdominal trauma, and also vascular wounds in the upper or lower limbs. They need intensive care because they’re in a life-threatening condition, they need to be closely monitored, they need to be cared for,” says Gessica.
As an intensive care nurse, Gessica must be prepared to deal with anything and everything. But, she says, seeing someone in very bad shape is always tough. “For instance, when we know a patient won't make it… You do the work, you provide the care, you give the medication, but you already know that this person won't make it. It's quite difficult and painful, especially when the parents visit.
“If the team sees that the patient is not going to make it, we talk to the psychologist, the psychologist meets with the family, and then with the doctor and the nurse, we see the family again, we explain what happened, what we think, what we are going to do. For the family, it's very sad, sometimes they go crazy, they run, they collapse, crying, but it needs to be done.
“We are an intensive care team, we work together in agreement for the good of the patient.”