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