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As demonstrations and protests continue in Port-au-Prince and across Haiti in response to election results announced Tuesday night, Project Medishare is taking every possible precaution to keep our patients, volunteers and local staff safe.

At Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare, the hospital administers have activated our emergency plan. We have secured our hospital, therefore our volunteers are not allowed to leave the hospital for any reason, including patient transfers. At this time, the airport is closed.

Should a patient need to be transferred, we have a team performing transfers as ambulances are allowed to move through the streets. In addition, a team of nurses is preparing medical volunteers and staff in the event HBMPM experiences a surge of trauma cases. At this time we have not had any cases out of the ordinary.

We will continue to provide updates from our team in Haiti.

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Dr. Antonio Marttos checks on critically ill patients in Port-au-Prince from the Ryder Trauma Center with the help of a robot as part of Trauma Telemedicine Program.

By Jennifer Browning

Each morning Dr. Antonio Marttos conducts rounds in the intensive care unit at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare (HBMPM) in Port-au-Prince without ever having to leave his patients at Ryder Trauma Center in Miami thanks to a robot.

Donated by InTouch Health, the robot has become a huge part of the emergency room and intensive care unit at the hospital, by allowing specialists from the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine to make rounds in the ICU via satellite. Doctors control the robot with a joy stick, giving them the ability to look at patients and talk to them.

The robot has been working at HBMPM for about a month now and while the goal is to use it for morning rounds in the ICU, it can also go into surgery as well as the pediatric and neonatal ward.

Click here to view a video report from Miami’s Local 10 reporter Sasha Andrade to learn more about how this valuable technology is working to treat the critically ill.

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The American Red Cross has committed $2.76 million to underwrite operating expenses at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare Critical Care Trauma and Rehabilitation Program in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, allowing the facility to remain open until the middle of next year.

The hospital operates 24/7 for the general public, providing the only critical care and trauma services for all of Haiti. Funding from this agreement will support essential medical services, including operating expenses, payroll and administrative fees.

“After the catastrophic earthquake in January, we treated tens of thousands of Haitians; and continue today to treat as many critically ill and injured patients as any major metropolitan medical center in the United States,” Dr. Barth Green, Project Medishare co-Founder and president said. “Thanks to the American Red Cross and their generous support, we are now able to continue to provide this crucial medical safety net for the people of Haiti.”

Click here to read the full press release.

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Los Angeles’ ABC Channel 7 features University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine’s Dr. Henri Ford who is Director of Medical Education and Training at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare (HBMPM).

Dr. Ford grew up in Port-au-Prince just a few miles from the epicenter that shook Port-au-Prince in January. Just days after the quake Dr. Ford found himself back in the capital helping provide medical aid. When he returned to LA, he told ABC 7’s David Ono that guilt overcame him because he felt he left people behind in their greatest time of need. So now Dr. Ford travels back and forth working at HBMPM.

View the video above to see the hope that transpires from what is currently Haiti’s only critical care hospital. A place where lives have not only been saved, but for some, like the many amputees that come through the door, where lives are rebuilt.

If you would like to donate to help Project Medishare continue improving healthcare in Haiti through facilities like Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare, click here.

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Project Medishare volunteer Dr. Eric Dehoux goes over a patient's chart with Sindy Abdon, a nurse working with spinal cord patients. Dr. Dehoux along with nurse practitioner Lorenette Patrick are working with Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare nurses to improve care for the spinal cord patients in the MedSurge unit. Photo by Jennifer Browning.

By Jennifer Browning

At Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare (HBMPM) motivated volunteers to work side by side as mentors to their Haitian colleagues in medicine, nursing and allied health professionals, in the traditional Project Medishare model of “Train the Trainer.”

Lorenette Patrick, a nurse practitioner who works at Jackson Memorial Medical Center’s spinal cord rehab, participated in training nurses working with spinal cord patients.

While volunteering at HBMPM, Lorenette not only teaches local nurses, but also teaches the patient and their family members basic lessons on how to care for people with spinal cord injuries. This is mainly teaching them the importance of proper bowel care for these patients, as well as how to prevent bedsores.

Sindy Abdon, a nurse working in the spinal cord unit, said she has learned a lot from Lorenette and others who have come to volunteer at HBMPM.

“One of the most important thing I have learned is the bowel care for the patients because it is so important for these types of patients so they don’t become septic and have troubles from infection,” she said. “Also I have been learning a better way to turn and position the patients to help prevent wounds and bedsores.”

For the spinal cord patient and their families, Lorenette presents these care giving tasks as important jobs.

“By teaching them basic spinal cord injury care the nurses here and the patient’s family members can understand why the patients have these specific problems,” she said. “This helps them fully understand why these problems need to be addressed immediately or the patient is going to have serious problems.”

Sindy said she feels that the training program at HBMPM is very important because not only is she able to further her own education as a licensed nurse, but she is also learning how to teach her nursing colleagues.

Sidney Abdon prepares daily medication for the spinal cord patients at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare. Photo by Jennifer Browning.

“The way they teach me is to learn one thing and then practice it. This helps me also learn how to teach other Haitian nurses how to care for our spinal cord patients here. It is important for me to be able to take care of people who cannot take care of themselves,” she said. “But now, with the volunteers here to help us, I am learning how to better take care of our patients.”

Lorenette said by mid-week she was already seeing progress.

“I was pleased to see a nurse was already starting to teach others,” Lorenette said. “It reinforces that they are the ones who are going to be in charge and not be intimidated by volunteers coming from the U.S.”

For Lorenette seeing the Haitian nurses take charge is important and shows that Project Medishare’s mission to empower the Haitian people is being accomplished here.

“It shows how much Project Medishare is invested in the patients here and how they have the Haitian people’s well being at heart,” Lorenette said. “When you come here and work you see how much is being done for the Haitian people. [The doctors and nurses] are not only helping earthquake victims, but they are also helping people who had no other means of getting care and here they continue to do that.”

Project Medishare continues to stand committed to Haiti nationwide. Training programs like this one that is improving nursing care for spinal cord patients in Haiti, is just one of the many ways we are working to improve Haiti’s healthcare infrastructure.

If you would like to support training programs like this one, please click here to make an online tax-deductible donation today.

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