Kansas City Volunteers
Volunteers in Kansas City acquire, pick up, sort and pack donated supplies, equipment from various Kansas City hospitals and medical centers. They also raise money and donations from friends and relatives. Our volunteers are both lay and medical personnel who give their time freely helping MACLA to function well.
The Medical Teams During a Mission
MACLA medical teams consist of operating room and recovery nurses, anesthetists, anesthesiologists, plastic surgeons, pediatricians and family physicians, physical and occupational therapists, and lay volunteers. After typical frantic travel, multiple connections, obligatory custom searches, the teams stay at inexpensive hotels near the hospitals.
Immediately after arrival surgeons evaluate patients and schedule them for surgery. The rest of the team unpacks and sets up the operating room, schedules the patients, and generally brings order to chaos.
The clinics consist of hundreds of patients packed into large auditoriums and many more stand outside queued up for evaluation and care.
The surgical arena usually consists of two stark operating rooms with only tables and illumination. MACLA provides all equipment, supplies and medicines. Two cases per room are done simultaneously. The operating rooms are always crowded and noisy.
After a short stay in a small, bare makeshift recovery room the patient returns to crowded wards where family members assist nurses with patient care. Half of the patients are discharged the day of surgery, the rest leave within 48 hours.
The surgical teams perform 20 to 30 cases daily.