Coordinating Patient Care Local Program Operations
Local Programs and Operations Supported by Operation Smile Canada (# Countries)
Patient screening and assessments are also part of providing cleft surgery and care. Screening allows us to identify the potential pool of patients who are candidates for surgery, either now or in the future. It also allows for patients who require pre-surgical care, like underweight or malnourished infants, to be identified.
Patient health assessments ensure patients are healthy enough for surgery. Post-surgery follow-ups help patients to receive appropriate care, like dentistry, so they reap the most benefit from their surgery.
In Colombia, two surgical programs were planned in the cities of Tame and Barranquilla in April 2021. Screening days were conducted in both locations, but surgeries were unfortunately postponed due to a third wave of COVID-19 in Colombia.
Staff and volunteers are maintaining contact with screened patients, providing support, care and encouragement while children wait for their surgery. Several children who were screened in Tame were brought to Bogotá in June 2021 for their surgery.
Coordinating care, patient management, health assessment and screening are all parts of comprehensive cleft care that lead to life-changing surgery and new smiles for children.