Saturday, August 21, 2010

Help Wanted:

We are in need of a few nurses, an EMT, and a physical therapist to help out at Heartline Hospital from 9/18/10-10/7/10. We will be partnering with a surgical team at Double Harvest Hospital (located in Croix-des-Bouquets, about 10 miles from Heartline). The leader of the surgical team, Dr. Steve Smith, is an orthopedic surgeon with whom we worked closely back in March of this year. He will be bringing a second orthopedic surgeon, 2 OB/Gyn surgeons, and an ENT surgeon. They will be in Haiti for 10 days and plan to be very busy operating during that time. Heartline has many patients we will be sending to Double Harvest for surgery. We will take the patients back to Heartline for all of their post-operative care. Additionally, we will provide post-operative care for any other patients the Double Harvest surgical team feels would benefit from more prolonged post-op care. Nurses and EMTs would provide direct patient care (including medication administration, dressing changes, wound care, and so on) working 12 hour shifts, either day or night. Nurses and EMTs may also assist with patient transport and with the Heartline women's program. Physical therapy is generally provided to the patients during the daytime hours.

If you are interested in volunteering, please e-mail Jen at halv0105 AT umn DOT edu. Please include a short description of any previous experience you have in the developing world (especially Haiti), any language skills you have, and any other skills you have (wound care, IVs, OB/peds experience, etc). Please also let me know your medical background and what dates you'd be available to volunteer. Volunteers are responsible for purchasing airfare to get to Haiti. Once in Haiti, housing, meals, and in-country transportation are provided. Thank you!