1. pasforglobalhealth

    PAGH Student Corner: Haiti Medical Missions Trip

    Can you please come quickly? My brother has just returned from the hospital and is having difficulty breathing!” Night had already fallen in the town of Ranquitte, Haiti, and I was preparing for bed when I overheard one of our translators speak those words. Minutes later I found myself sitting shotgun in an old Toyota 4Runner filled to the brim with five Haitian men, another PA student, an ER nurse, and an ER PA. Without any additional information about our patient, we sped down the overgrown two-track in the pitch black for what seemed like hours until suddenly...
  2. philsuarez

    How Does a Disaster Relief Organization Get Boots on the Ground? The Logistics Behind the Scenes

    Article by: Phil Suarez, Director of Operations NYC Medics Disaster Response: Logistics Before an organization considers responding to a large scale international catastrophe, the organization must have set guidelines and operating procedures that details how the organization responds.  We, at NYC Medics (NYCM) refer back to these guidelines and bylaws as well as our experience to map out a successful deployment.  At the top of the list is always security.  The safety of the team is paramount to any organizational deployment. When a humanitarian crisis develops, usually after a catastrophic event, I first access all main media sources including...
  3. Eric Holden

    Packing for Disaster Deployment

        The key to packing for any disaster response is the “go bag”. The basic concept is that you have a pre-packed bag which includes essentials you would need for a response to any environment. Items such as: toiletries sunscreen personal medical equipment (stethoscope, oto-ophthalmosccope, trauma shears) headlamp and extra batteries. Will be the same wherever you go. The only variables will be the climate in the area you are going to and the degree of independence from others you will experience. Background As a lifelong hiker and backpacker I have a shelf in my basement...