The Mission: Adult Cardiac Surgery
CardioStart’s role in this mission will be to offer:
- Assessment of departments facilities, with checking of instruments (Dr. Tin), Perfusion area and equipment CS perfusionist)
- Anesthetic techniques and equipment checks with educational support on specific topics. (CS anesthesiologist)
- Intensive care nursing areas – review of monitors, suction, mobility, beds, medication crash cart, and intensive CV Critical Care education and development of protocols and algorithms of care. Rehearsals of patient transfer and procedures will be carried out using local volunteers.
- Biomedical engineering assessment of all equipment and OR/ICU circuitry.
- All CardioStart volunteers will be required to help with bedside teaching, daily lectures, and development of modern quality improvement plans in all relevant areas.
- Review of cardiology angiogram suite, equipment areas; review of procedures, protocols and care patterns.
The Team Required
CardioStart Mission Director will be Dr. Kirk Walker. He will select the team with adult expertise in the following areas. A cardiac surgeon will not be part of this visiting team.
- 1 Adult Cardiologist (Dr. Walker)
- 1 Adult Anesthesiologist -available
- 1 Perfusionist -available
- 3 Cardiovascular ICU Nurses -filled
- 1 experienced Biomedical Engineer -available
Mrs. Sophie Stone (a Bago, Myanmar native who lives in New Jersey) and Dr. Terri Walker, OD, MBA, will explore this opportunity. It is hoped that at the end of the mission, the entire team will travel 60 miles (2 hours) to the historic city of Bago, Myanmar to help at an orphanage of 70 children and then to tour the historic pagodas, palaces and monasteries of the city.
Mission Travel Details
We are assured by the Scout team (Dr. Walker and Ms. Lindsey Garrett) that the security and political issues will not intrude into the mission’s program and the team will be very well looked after. The crisis at the Myanmar-Bangladesh border is over 500 miles to the north (a 19-hour car ride).
Team selections will be made based on team needs and professional experience. Mostly, selections will be made on a first come, first served basis. CardioStart tries to balance each team with returning volunteers and those joining a mission for the first time.
Travel and airfare: Airfare costs will be half-funded by each volunteer. WE RECOMMEND YOU DO NOT PURCHASE A TICKET UNTIL YOU ARE ACCEPTED ON THE TEAM BY WRITTEN CONFIRMATION. This confirmation will be provided after you have met all the required paperwork submission.
A visa (business-type) is required to enter and work in Myanmar. You can do this by either:
- Applying through the Embassy of the Union of Myanmar in Washington, D.C. (For those leaving from the USA, the fee is US $50 by money order, and requires application forms with two passport photos to be sent to the Embassy with your passport). OR
- Applying for an E-visa. You can do so using this website: https://evisa.moip.gov.mm/NewApplication.aspx#
Lodging: Lodging will be provided by our hosts in comfortable accommodation on the top floor of the hospital. This area contains new rooms that will be off limits to patients and families while we are there.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the hospital. Dinner will be on our own with team with an occasional invitation to a special dinner event. Bring a nicer outfit for these events.
Touring: CardioStart mission leaders cannot directly help you make internal tourist travel arrangements. Tours and tour packages are available through hotels. Popular tourist sites include Yangon itself, Bagan, Mandalay, and Inle Lake.
Personal Health: The city of Yangon is relatively safe and clean. It is however, in tropical Southeast Asia where risks of malaria, hepatitis, tuberculosis, and typhoid exist. Japanese Encephalitis vaccine is recommended if your trip lasts longer than one month depending on where you visit in Myanmar. The CDC website is a good place to look for up to date information and of course, visiting a Travel Health specialist for any trip like this, is necessary.
Applying for CardioStart’s Mission To Yangon, Myanmar: Please visit our Volunteer Interest Form, and upload your CV/resume. Correspondence and applications should be directed through the Tampa, FL USA office. Upon being accepted to the team you will be immediately notified and then receive additional correspondence from CardioStart via email with information on how to proceed in submitting necessary paperwork and documentation.
You will be part of a great historical medical development and we very much look forward to welcoming you to the team!
Preliminary information, please contact CardioStart Head Office:
Tel: 813-304-2163; Fax: 813 304 2165