ORBIS – Flying Eye Hospital
Mission to Panama – August 2013
ORBIS flies missions all over the world to
operate on eye patients that will bring the
maximum teaching value to local eye...
We arrive in beautiful
Panama City with a team
of approximately 50
doctors, nurses,
technicians,
administrators,
volunteer...
Prior to the start of a Flying Eye Hospital visit, ORBIS
works with local partner hospitals to pre-select
patients whose c...
Doctors and nurses meet
patients one at a time to
evaluate which eye cases will
bring the greatest teaching
value to the l...
When the patients are
selected for surgery,
they are also given a
thorough exam to
assure each is cleared
for the planned ...
Jack McHale was our host for this
mission to Panama. His passion for
and personal connection with these
patients is wonder...
Kids naturally
bond with each
other as each
waits to be
screened for
possible surgery
over the next
several days
Administrators explain the subtle aspects of
working with hospitals and the local medical
communities in countries all ove...
Here a cameraman
with the film
industry’s hottest
video camera
company “Red”
shows a potential
patient all the
amazing fea...
Local television news crews
also interview potential
patients and their families to
spread the word regarding
ORBIS missio...
Volunteers provide gifts
for the children to occupy
their time and bring
smiles to their faces
Patients with endless conditions travel
from all parts of Panama hoping to be
selected for corrective procedures
Priority is given to children,
whenever possible, and to
patients with medical issues
in both eyes and those that
present ...
These young students had traveled from the United
Kingdom to observe the entire ORBIS teaching
method as part of their edu...
And, of course, kids will be
kids. Here a young potential
patient plays with a computer
during her evaluation
Doctors take numerous pictures of
patients to help catalogue cases during
the selection process. Pictures can then
be used...
The youngest kids do
not know what is
happening, but their
lives are about to be
changed forever, if
they are fortunate
en...
The DC-10 aircraft has been pre-positioned in Panama at a
remote airfield. It brings with it all essential services such a...
When traveling, the
aircraft must carry
onboard all essential
services and be 100%
self-sufficient. After
landing at its d...
As it is
August in
Panama, it is
extremely hot
and humid
outside the
aircraft, but
inside it is
perfectly
temperature
cont...
This DC-10 is the oldest airframe of its type still flying. It has
been converted into a full surgical hospital with all r...
In the 48-seat classroom at the front of the plane, local eye healthcare
professionals gather for lectures, discussions an...
Several live interpreters
provide real time
translation into various
languages as part of the
teaching process.
Full technical support is
provided aboard the
aircraft with a state-of-
the-art, two-way close
circuit, video training
sys...
Video cameras inside microscopes in the surgical suite
broadcast close-up real time video feeds of the procedures
so docto...
In another part of the aircraft, other training
equipment and systems are made available
to local medical professionals
Here doctors are taught new surgical techniques
using training systems, many of which are
donated to ORBIS
Nurses intensively watch the latest medical procedures so they can
update their skills in support of local eye doctors
Towards the rear of the aircraft is the recovery room. Patients are also
staged here to be readied for pre-operative proce...
The surgical suite itself has state-of-the-art
technology to provide the best eye care to
patients and provide a teaching ...
Young patients are prepped
for surgery and the nursing
staff gets the operating room
ready for each new teaching
procedure
Older patients are also prepped for surgery having been selected
for their particular eye case teaching value
The bedside manner
of these fantastic
doctors is incredible
as they ease each
patient’s concern
about the impending
surger...
As the surgical suite is readied,
anesthesiologists prepare their
equipment
And the surgery and teaching
process begins.
Extremely delicate
procedures and years of
surgical experience guides
each patient through their
specific surgery
This is when
everything is
interconnected
and the magic
of ORBIS is in
full motion
So, the lucky selected
patients move swiftly
through the entire
process from being
prepped for surgery
Into the recovery room
with their families
After surgery, patients
are wheeled back into
the recovery room and
parents and other family
members are
immediately reuni...
The “RED” videographer
prepares to enter the surgical
suite for some close-up videos.
Many sponsors support
ORBIS. Omega sent the
current “James Bond”
Daniel Craig on an
ORBIS Mission.
Daniel was humbled to see the phenomenal work
done by ORBIS saving sight globally
After the surgeries, the
doctors and nurses take
a break before getting
ready for the next wave
of patients.
The bond between the
medical staff is written on
their faces.
After a short recovery
process, the patients are
prepared to be moved
from the air base to the
hospital
Each patient is carefully
assisted down the stairs
from the aircraft into a
waiting ambulance for
transport
One of the many
consistent themes at
ORBIS is to provide each
child with a teddy bear
Teddy bears are seen all
over the aircraft
And bears are hidden
away in back packs for
transport home for the
kids when they fully
awaken
With surgical bandages
removed, these kids are
starting to see clearly for
the first time in their lives
We at Zodiac Aerospace
are proud to have
supported ORBIS’ new
MD-10 aircraft with
donations of Galley
Insert and Oxygen
Sy...
Orbis Flying Eye Hospital Mission   Panama August 2013
Orbis Flying Eye Hospital Mission   Panama August 2013
Orbis Flying Eye Hospital Mission   Panama August 2013
Orbis Flying Eye Hospital Mission   Panama August 2013
Orbis Flying Eye Hospital Mission   Panama August 2013
Orbis Flying Eye Hospital Mission   Panama August 2013
Orbis Flying Eye Hospital Mission   Panama August 2013
Orbis Flying Eye Hospital Mission   Panama August 2013
Orbis Flying Eye Hospital Mission   Panama August 2013
Orbis Flying Eye Hospital Mission   Panama August 2013
Orbis Flying Eye Hospital Mission   Panama August 2013
Orbis Flying Eye Hospital Mission   Panama August 2013
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  1. 1. ORBIS – Flying Eye Hospital Mission to Panama – August 2013
  2. 2. ORBIS flies missions all over the world to operate on eye patients that will bring the maximum teaching value to local eye doctors and nurses who observe the latest procedures, equipment and techniques
  3. 3. We arrive in beautiful Panama City with a team of approximately 50 doctors, nurses, technicians, administrators, volunteers, donors, etc.
  4. 4. Prior to the start of a Flying Eye Hospital visit, ORBIS works with local partner hospitals to pre-select patients whose conditions are relevant to that program’s focus. Selected patients are then screened by ORBIS Volunteer Faculty members at the program site. Local eye healthcare professionals maintain oversight of patients before, during and after surgery.
  5. 5. Doctors and nurses meet patients one at a time to evaluate which eye cases will bring the greatest teaching value to the local medical community
  6. 6. When the patients are selected for surgery, they are also given a thorough exam to assure each is cleared for the planned surgical procedure
  7. 7. Jack McHale was our host for this mission to Panama. His passion for and personal connection with these patients is wonderful to watch
  8. 8. Kids naturally bond with each other as each waits to be screened for possible surgery over the next several days
  9. 9. Administrators explain the subtle aspects of working with hospitals and the local medical communities in countries all over the world
  10. 10. Here a cameraman with the film industry’s hottest video camera company “Red” shows a potential patient all the amazing features of his camera. “Red” cameras have been used to shoot feature film block-busters such as The Hobbit, Thor, Star Trek, Great Gatsby and numerous others.
  11. 11. Local television news crews also interview potential patients and their families to spread the word regarding ORBIS missions
  12. 12. Volunteers provide gifts for the children to occupy their time and bring smiles to their faces
  13. 13. Patients with endless conditions travel from all parts of Panama hoping to be selected for corrective procedures
  14. 14. Priority is given to children, whenever possible, and to patients with medical issues in both eyes and those that present the greatest teaching value for the local doctors. On this mission, the screening process uncovered one patient with an eye disease that had only been studied in their medical training, but no doctor had ever seen in the real world. Accordingly, these missions sometimes provide teaching opportunities for ORBIS doctors as well.
  15. 15. These young students had traveled from the United Kingdom to observe the entire ORBIS teaching method as part of their educational process
  16. 16. And, of course, kids will be kids. Here a young potential patient plays with a computer during her evaluation
  17. 17. Doctors take numerous pictures of patients to help catalogue cases during the selection process. Pictures can then be used as part of the teaching process between doctors as they make their surgical choices.
  18. 18. The youngest kids do not know what is happening, but their lives are about to be changed forever, if they are fortunate enough to be one of the selected cases. Within 24 hours, they may be given the most amazing gift of sight!
  19. 19. The DC-10 aircraft has been pre-positioned in Panama at a remote airfield. It brings with it all essential services such as water purification, electrical power, oxygen systems, etc.
  20. 20. When traveling, the aircraft must carry onboard all essential services and be 100% self-sufficient. After landing at its destination, each essential service module is deployed from its storage location to the tarmac and operationally activated.
  21. 21. As it is August in Panama, it is extremely hot and humid outside the aircraft, but inside it is perfectly temperature controlled.
  22. 22. This DC-10 is the oldest airframe of its type still flying. It has been converted into a full surgical hospital with all required support systems and complete teaching hospital technological capabilities
  23. 23. In the 48-seat classroom at the front of the plane, local eye healthcare professionals gather for lectures, discussions and live broadcasts of surgical procedures being performed in the Flying Eye Hospital operating room. If needed, surgeries can also be broadcast to an additional classroom outside the aircraft, for instance, at a nearby hospital. Large numbers of trainees observe the surgeries and ask questions of the operating surgeons via a two-way audio-visual system.
  24. 24. Several live interpreters provide real time translation into various languages as part of the teaching process.
  25. 25. Full technical support is provided aboard the aircraft with a state-of- the-art, two-way close circuit, video training system
  26. 26. Video cameras inside microscopes in the surgical suite broadcast close-up real time video feeds of the procedures so doctors can train large groups of people while operating
  27. 27. In another part of the aircraft, other training equipment and systems are made available to local medical professionals
  28. 28. Here doctors are taught new surgical techniques using training systems, many of which are donated to ORBIS
  29. 29. Nurses intensively watch the latest medical procedures so they can update their skills in support of local eye doctors
  30. 30. Towards the rear of the aircraft is the recovery room. Patients are also staged here to be readied for pre-operative procedures.
  31. 31. The surgical suite itself has state-of-the-art technology to provide the best eye care to patients and provide a teaching forum.
  32. 32. Young patients are prepped for surgery and the nursing staff gets the operating room ready for each new teaching procedure
  33. 33. Older patients are also prepped for surgery having been selected for their particular eye case teaching value
  34. 34. The bedside manner of these fantastic doctors is incredible as they ease each patient’s concern about the impending surgery. These ORBIS doctors donate their own personal time to participate in these teaching missions. One doctor on the Panama mission had been on over 100 ORBIS missions.
  35. 35. As the surgical suite is readied, anesthesiologists prepare their equipment
  36. 36. And the surgery and teaching process begins.
  37. 37. Extremely delicate procedures and years of surgical experience guides each patient through their specific surgery
  38. 38. This is when everything is interconnected and the magic of ORBIS is in full motion
  39. 39. So, the lucky selected patients move swiftly through the entire process from being prepped for surgery
  40. 40. Into the recovery room with their families
  41. 41. After surgery, patients are wheeled back into the recovery room and parents and other family members are immediately reunited with their loved one
  42. 42. The “RED” videographer prepares to enter the surgical suite for some close-up videos.
  43. 43. Many sponsors support ORBIS. Omega sent the current “James Bond” Daniel Craig on an ORBIS Mission.
  44. 44. Daniel was humbled to see the phenomenal work done by ORBIS saving sight globally
  45. 45. After the surgeries, the doctors and nurses take a break before getting ready for the next wave of patients.
  46. 46. The bond between the medical staff is written on their faces.
  47. 47. After a short recovery process, the patients are prepared to be moved from the air base to the hospital
  48. 48. Each patient is carefully assisted down the stairs from the aircraft into a waiting ambulance for transport
  49. 49. One of the many consistent themes at ORBIS is to provide each child with a teddy bear
  50. 50. Teddy bears are seen all over the aircraft
  51. 51. And bears are hidden away in back packs for transport home for the kids when they fully awaken
  52. 52. With surgical bandages removed, these kids are starting to see clearly for the first time in their lives
  53. 53. We at Zodiac Aerospace are proud to have supported ORBIS’ new MD-10 aircraft with donations of Galley Insert and Oxygen Systems Equipment.

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