Asthma Treatment in Guatemala
“Both times I have traveled to Las Cruces, small moments help me remember the importance in the small details of patient care. I have learned to practice better medicine by observing the level of quality delivered at the Las Cruces Clinic.
"Eva, a Health Promoter Practitioner multiplier, was seeing a young fellow with a cough and a fever. She correctly diagnosed asthma, correctly prescribed the appropriate medications. This is extraordinary in itself, as she is a young local villager. That would have been the end of it for this patient had he been in the States. He would have gotten his prescription and been sent on his way.
"She took the next step [following the protocols used in the Health Promoter Practitioner training she received]. She cut off the top of a plastic coke bottle, carefully trimmed the edges, and taped these edges. She then taped the inhaler to the small end of the bottle, the end out of which one would drink. After constructing this “aero-chamber” she demonstrated its use to the boy and his mom, and had him demonstrate back to her its use. This attention to detail is the single most important factor in ensuring this child will improve. This is the essence of good medicine. This is the reason we need to support these people in their work.”