Information on How Physicians in New Jersey Can Assist with the Crisis in Haiti
From Yvan Ducheine, MD — Executive Member of the New Jersey Chapter of the Haitian Physicians Association (Association Des Medecins Haitiens a L’etranger) and member of MSNJ
The AMHE Central Executive Committee, Mission Relief Task Force had a teleconference on the night of 1-15-10. It addressed many issues having to do with the disaster in Haiti. One of which has to do with the volunteers who want to go to Haiti to provide assistance.
There are flights scheduled to go to Haiti on 1-16-2010 (Catholic Charities), 1-18-2010 (JetBlue), and 1-23-2010. These flights are leaving from JFK, interested volunteers are encouraged to contact Dr. Paul Nacier via email @ firstname.lastname@example.org, or may text him @ 917-748-1326. He will put you on the list.
The transportation logistics, once arrived in Port-au-Prince or via Dominican Republic, have been taken care of in terms of transportation from the airport to the area of service, or assistance. Prior to traveling, you are encouraged to bring dry foods for 3 days, a sleeping bag, change of clothes. You will most likely be sleeping in large communal tents, eating food rations, etc. The rotations are for 3 to 5 days. It is a long term endeavor, if you cannot go this week, you can go the following week.
Interested volunteers are also encouraged to go to the website for further information www.amhe.org, www.amhenj.org, www.amheflorida.com. Please pay attention to the CDC travel recommendation that are linked to the Haiti earthquake link, while at the website.
Dr. Marie Evelyne Moise, member of AMHE has just returned from a two-day trip to Haiti and has filed the following report:
- The UM/Medishare effort is very appreciated, their logistic for moving personnel is commendable.
- The biggest challenge is to perform surgeries on site. Ninety percent of patients are in dire need of surgery. Many local Haitian resources are helping out (Surgeons, Nurses), but they are not informed on when and how the rescue teams are arriving.
- Great need for Tetanus vaccines, antibiotics (IV and PO), gauze bandages, IV fluids, disinfectants, autoclaves to sterilize material, sheets, scrubs, gloves, and suture kits.
- Urgent need for nurses, which will alleviate physicians’ tasks. Example: IV dressing, etc.
- Documentation issues: we need volunteers with clipboards and paper to document the care to create a database of the patients.
- Creole speaking staff needed. Communication makes a big difference.
- Volunteers need to know that there are no sleeping accommodations, not much time to take a break, there are sleeping bags available for 1-2 hour naps as needed. The only thing that is provided is drinking water, so bring sustenance for 2-3 days (protein bars, crackers, etc.). Ideal length of stay under these circumstances should be 2-3 days at a time.