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Dr. Steven Stephanides Returns from Afghanistan

Dr. Steven Stephanides, Emergency Physician at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage California, recently returned from Jalalabad, Afghanistan, where he worked with a group called Assist International to improve hospital services there.

Canton, OH, May 24, 2011 --( Dr. Stephanides worked on a team that provided medical equipment (as well as installation and training) to the main public hospital in Jalalabad, making it the second public hospital in Afghanistan with the ability to do bedside monitoring of patients. The project was funded by donations to Assist with a grant from Rotary International.

Dr. Stephanides was part of a team consisting of 2 biomedical engineers, representatives from Assist and Rotary and one physician. They installed 14 bedside monitors and a central station distributed between the medical ICU, the PICU, the PACU and the Gyn ward. They also installed or provided an ultrasound machine, baby warmers, bilirubin lights, isolettes, stethoscopes for the medical students, EKG machines, defibrillators and procedure lights.

"My job on the team was to help with the install and to train the staff on how to use the equipment. I ran sessions for the docs and nurses on the different wards teaching them about patient monitoring and how to use the other equipment (which was interesting since a bunch of the doctors who had been practicing for years had never seen a pulse oximeter). They were diagnosing acute MI's by using a rhythm strip and changing the leads. Most of them had never seen bedside monitoring before."

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Steven Stephanides, MD, FACEP, is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Stephanides serves as core faculty for the EMP Efficiency Academy, an intensive one and a half day course that trains physicians on ways to improve clinical work flow and efficiency in the ED. He has been with Emergency Medicine Physician Partners (formerly EPMG) since 2004.

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