In response to the developing medical catastrophe in Haiti, InsideSurgery is sharing information with the American College of Surgeons, American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, many NGOs and the wider medical blogging community though a 60 member listserv.
Please check the links below or contact this site through insidesurgery at gmail then the dot then com if you wish help in disseminating information or wish information on how to volunteer your services.
ACS Undertaking Haiti Case Log Data Collection
The American College of Surgeons is providing a case log registration system to facilitate data collection and outcomes research. They are interested in the cases being performed by surgeons who are current ACS members as well as non-ACS members. The links to these databases are below:
Non-ACS members can register at https://acspbls.resiliencesoftware.com/Haiti-registration.
The system will automatically add Haiti as a location, and surgeons can start adding cases immediately.
ACS members who have used the case log system before can log into
ACS members who have not registered to use the case log system can register at http://acscaselogregister.org/. Once logged in, members can add “Haiti” as a location for cases associated with relief activities.
Description of battlefield acupuncture and no needle acupressure (Marcucci Technique) for pain control for acute traumatic injuries
Margarita Shefson of Vitals.com has just notified InsideSurgery.com that there are 24 seats available to Haiti this weekend leaving Ft. Lauderdale. Please contact her at:
American College of Surgeons Haiti Resources Page
The American College of Surgeons’ Operation Giving Back has a wealth of information on the medical catastrophe developing in Haiti including a database for volunteers wishing to register for service, a social media page, specific medical information on the types of injuries and appropriate treatments (see step-by-step details on how to do above knee amputations.)
The American College of Surgeons Comment and Question Form
The ACS has gone live today with a comments and questions forum where deployed physicians can give updates or those deploying can leave questions for ACS surgeons.
American College of Surgeons Database for Medical Volunteers for Haiti
The ACS has now gone live with a database for those wishing to register as volunteers. All medical professionals are encouraged to use this database.
American College Of Surgeons Goes Live With Social Media Page
The ACS is leading medical volunteer efforts for Haiti and has now gone live with a social media page listing relevant twitter feeds and social media contacts. Information and links can be found at Operation Giving Back.
American College of Surgeons Goes Live With Google Map
ACS has posted a google map in order to geographically track volunteer medical teams in country. Please click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.Â
Turnkey Haiti Clinic Close to Dominican Border Looking For Aid Team
The following was received from long-time Haiti mission surgeon Dr. Eric Browning. He can be reached via the contact information listed below:
I’ve served as a surgeon on mission trips to an established clinic in Ouanminthe, Haiti. The clinic has an operating room, large (8-10 bed under “normal” circumstances) pre-op/post-op ward, and is supported by a school in the immediate vicinity that could house and feed a large staff and patients. The clinic is secured by a fence, and the school site is partially fenced. the school has a large “bunkhouse”, kitchen facility, gymnasium, and large, very flat, school yard that could be used as a staging area, camp site, recreational facility, etc.
Regrettably, Ouanminthe is 12-13 hours away from the immediate quake area by land, but would only be 40-45 minutes by air. The airport would support light fixed-wing planes and there are innumerable sites appropriate for helicopters. It lies on the border with the DR, adjacent to the town of Dajabon, making it fairly accessible from the DR without having to negotiate the Port-a-Prince airport. The exodus has begun from the stricken area, and the victims are soon to arrive in cities like Ouanaminthe regardless whether transported in a coordinated effort or by desperation for care.
Institution Univers (clinic and school) are anxious and committed to helping their families and countrymen, and this would serve as an excellent resource for an established aid organization.
I would appreciate any help you could offer as to how I can get the news of this opportunity into the hands of the appropriate aid parties. I can be reached via this email address or:
cell 419 788-1451
home 419 423-0766
work 419 422-3812
Thanks for your thoughts.
Vitals.com is working on arranging transportation to Haiti and may have seats available on upcoming days. Contact is listed below:
Requests for Surgeons
The Adventist Medical Evangelism Network is looking for physicians and dentists who would be willing to work in Haiti for 4-7 days. The trip is being put together by Skip Dodson and he can be contacted at [email protected]
Lumiere Medical Ministries has communicated to us that they have possible spots in about two weeks for surgeons willing to be deployed to Haiti. They can be contacted at [email protected] or (704) 823-0271
Requests for Help
Crudem – from Dr. Joni Paterson
We will know more in a few days when access routes from Port au Prince open up and more patients are triaged out to us. Milot is 70 miles north of PAP , 8 mile from Cap Haitien airport. Commercial flights are fully booked. Teams that did not already have reserved seats have to travel by private aircraft so we are looking for donated craft. If you can help us there is would be greatly appreciated! Also need private craft to fly in supplies to Cap Haitien. We are well stocked with supplies at the moment but that will change very quickly. Trauma and ortho supplies especially needed right now. Amputations are what we are seeing most. Crutches very important.