The South Pole Medical Clinic

Jeffrey Donenfeld Travel and Adventure, Trips 3 Comments

One of my jobs at the South Pole Station this year was on Team 4, the emergency medical response team. As part of working on that team, I got to spend a good amount of time inside the station’s medical clinic, managed by Lead Physician Dr. Sean Roden and Nurse Practicioner Cassie Spruill. Given its location, the medical clinic is very very well equipped to handle almost any type of medical emegency. A bit of the capabilities and equiptment includes:

  • Broken bones
  • Cardiac monitoring
  • Trauma
  • Medical issues
  • Ultrasound
  • Xray
  • General Dentistry
  • Long term patient care
  • Blood lab work
  • Physical therapy
  • Etc..

A few pics of the clinic:

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The clinic also has its own independent data uplink, for both voice and data. Remote doctors can even be teleconfrenced in to guide live surgery.

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Two ward beds, for longer term patient care.

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The medical lab

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  2. Erin

    That looks awesome! I am an EMT and a recently separated air force medic. I’d LOVE to work here!

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