Day Three of Clinic Care

Greetings from Port au Prince.

Day three of our emergency clinic was quite a success. We are very near the epicenter in the Carrefour area and have seen somewhere in the neighborhood of 400 patients in the past three days. Some of these patients have been quite ill and we have transferred at least 20 urgently/emergently to higher levels of care, including several patients who have been airlifted to the USNS Comfort.

There have also been a number of patients with severe earthquake-related injuries who had not previously been seen by a doctor, including a young girl with a midshaft femur fracture who came in today. We have also seen several patients who had been previously seen but only minimally treated initially, including a 50 year-old male with extensive second and third degree facial and circumferential arm and hand burns. He could only hold his arms out stiffly in front of him We suspect there simply were no resources available to treat him initially. We were able to transfer him as well to definitive surgical/burn care.

In addition to our fixed clinic, we are now beginning to look into setting up a mobile clinic at one of the sites the government as identified as having very high need.

The team is working long and hard hours, and doing so willingly without complaint. We are tired of course, but so grateful for the opportunity to help. We very much appreciate the support that has allowed us to be here in Haiti at this critical time.

Thanks so much.

Update from Suzy Fitzgerald, MD, January 23, 2010

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13 responses to “Day Three of Clinic Care

  1. Hi Dr. Fitz!!! Greetings from the Antioch ER staff! We are all so proud of you!!! Keep up the good work!
    Alison, Staff Nurse, Antioch ER

  2. Suzy~
    You and all the volunteers who are there to help are a true saints! I am sure we cannot imagine what you must be seeing there….pure devastation. God bless you and your team! Stay safe!!

    Stacey

  3. Valerie Saenz

    God Bless.
    Stay safe.
    ~Valerie

  4. Be safe Fitz. I’m really proud of you!
    Emily

  5. Hi Suzy,

    We’re glad you’re on the ground safe and doing such great work! MedShare is proud to have provisioned your team with medical supplies provided by Northern CA hospitals.

    **Any other medical teams traveling to Haiti can obtain FREE medical supplies at our distribution center in San Leandro. Contact chaupt@medshare.org for details.

    Do Good!

    Chuck

  6. Hi Dr. Fitzgerald and team,
    Thank you for making a difference. The work that you are doing is so needed, and I for one appreciate the fact that you and your team of Kaiser MD’s are dedicated to patient care, no matter where it takes you.
    Take Care, we are praying for you and the people of Haiti.
    Debra Larios – Kaiser Huntington Beach

  7. Everyone was just asking about you, Dr. Fitz. So glad to hear you made it to Haiti and are busy with your mission of service. We are all sending you energy, patience and endurance . Love, from your Walnut Creek ER Team.

  8. Jessica Coville

    Hey Dr. Hananel!

    Thanks to you and everyone that are giving your time in Haiti!

    From your patients and coworkers đŸ™‚

  9. Oscar Montemayor

    Suzy,
    I’m proud of you and the team! I’m honored to say that I work with you.
    Stay safe!
    Oscar.

  10. Pierre-Luc Paultre

    Hello Dr. Fitzgerald,

    My name is Dr.. Pierre-Luc Paultre and I am a Haitian-born hospitalist from Washington DC. I joined Kaiser Permanente about a year ago and am headed to Haiti by the end of the week. Is there a phone number where you can be reached so that I may get in touch with you when I get there?

  11. Pierre-Luc Paultre

    This is Dr. Paultre again. Please feel free to contact me by email at plpaultre@hotmail.com. Tyhanks and keep up the good work.

    Pierre-Luc Paultre

  12. Debra C. Costa

    You are truly Saints. My thanks go to you and your families for the sacrifices you are making.
    Be safe.

  13. Thank you to everyone out there for giving all you can, to all those in need. Please be safe.

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