Mercy Ships clinicians aboard their floating hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, care for the world's most vulnerable populations. The ship is currently on a nearly year-long mission in the west African country of Guinea, providing free lifesaving surgeries in a region where medical care is very limited. To support Mercy Ships, Wolters Kluwer, Health has donated Lexicomp® app subscriptions to ensure clinicians throughout the ship have access to the most current and comprehensive drug information as part of the high quality care they provide.
Docked in Conakry, Guinea, the Africa Mercy is the world's largest civilian hospital ship. The ship provides modern healthcare facilities and advanced surgical care to those in desperate need. With only two and one-half physicians per 10,000 people in Africa, many have little or no access to healthcare. The Africa Mercy brings medical teams comprised of volunteers from around the world and sterile operating rooms directly to people who would otherwise go without care.
“We are excited to start the field service in Guinea with a new tool. The hospital opened this year with both a fully electronic hospital pharmaceutical formulary and also with the Lexicomp mobile app,” explained Becky Bynum, Healthcare Services Director on the Africa Mercy. “Medical staff will now not only know what medications we stock on board, but they can also reference how to administer the medications and the potential side effects.”