Medic Outpost News-GG report 5/15/20
Medic Outpost News
My sincere apologies for the delay in getting the newsletter out to all of you. Like everyone else, Medic Outpost is trying to find some solid ground in the middle of the Covid-19 crisis. Dr. Garcia and I are in contact several times a week on the situations in the United States and Mexico. I am also in contact with our partners in Kenya and we are working to get them as much information and assistance as we can. As you can imagine, our operations are on lockdown at the moment. When travel restrictions are lifted and it is safe to do so, we will be finishing up our registration in Mexico to become an official nonprofit there and exploring the best ways to help with the Crisis.
There is some good news on the horizon. Medic Outpost is sponsoring an extremely important new device in the fight against Covid-19. A huge thanks to David Price, a Medic Outpost board member and engineer for making it possible. Medic Outpost along with David and others are involved with the develop a safety device for hospitals to use when performing advanced airway procedures on Covid-19 patients. The design is from a Taiwanese doctor and David with the help of Dr. Allison Kellogg and her husband Dr. Trey Kellogg have gotten some prototypes build and they are now in testing in San Antonio Hospitals. There is more information down below. We will be providing those design plans and information free of charge to any medical facility that needs them.
We completed some excellent and valuable training in Mexico a couple of months ago. It was very successful with Dr. Garcia and I providing training to 25 rural doctors and nurses in the State of Guerrero. We also conducted training for 17 indigenous locals many of whom walked several miles to attend the training. Dr. Garcia conducted the training in Spanish and that was translated into the mixtecl dialect for the locals.
- Unfortunately, Medic Outpost fundraising success has slowed due to the virus. We are hoping to pick back up as soon as we can. Our partners in Mexico and Africa will desperately need our expertise and support in the coming months. Please help spread the word on our work and consider becoming a recurring donor.
- The airway safety box ,"The Box", is in testing in San Antonio. These boxes can provide a safer environment for doctors to intubate patients for mechanical ventilation and other airway procedures. The costs are around $90.00 USD for materials and can be assembled in a short time.
- We are looking to expand our board of directors to at least 8 in the coming months. I will keep you posted on progress as we go along.
- Our corporate sponsorship program is in the final stages of completion. We are planning on offering 3 levels of recurring sponsorship for any company wanting to get involved. Companies will receive some nice benefits for their support in addition to helping rural communities. Please contact me if you would like to participate or know an organization that would like to get involved.
- Medic Outpost will be modifying our training schedules for the next few months. Safety concerns will dictate our travel plans to Africa and Mexico in the coming months. We are exploring what we can do to assist with equipment to clinics that are treating Covid-19 patients. The Safety Box and non-touch thermometers are examples of those types of equipment being reviewed.
- The Medic Outpost "Save a Ranger" program in Africa will be put on hold until the end of the year. We will reevaluate the program in light of the African health situation as we go forward
Medic Outpost conducted 4 training sessions in the remote villages of Buenavista and Te Cruz, Guerrero in late February. Our trainings were very successful. Dr. Garcia and I had to travel several hours in a government Health Ministry vehicle to reach these isolated communities. The attendance was much larger than we had planned and included 25 doctors and nurses from remote clinics in the region. We also had several local village people walk many kilometers to attend our community training. The training was conducted in Spanish and translated to the local dialect for the villagers. These tiny one room rural clinics have very little equipment and resources. The doctors and nurses are wonderful but have little or no training in emergency medicine or neonatal resuscitation. They were eager to learn and extremely grateful for the equipment packages we left them. Your support made this possible and they would like to thank you.
Medic Outpost is involved with supporting the development of "The Box". It has yet to be named so let's just call it the box for now. Medic Outpost board member David Price has been instrumental in the development of this device. The Box is a device designed to protect doctors and nurses who are intubating patients from Covid-19 in the hospital. It provides a barrier between the patient and the doctor but still allows hands on patient care. It will help protect the healthcare workers and decrease the amount of PPE used in hosptial. The material costs are around $90.00 USD and the design is from a Taiwanese doctor named Lai Hsien-Yung. He has donated the design and plans for humanitarian use to the world. The Box is being tested in San Antonio, Texas right now and we are trying to spread the world on the design and plans. A special thanks to Dr. Allison Kellogg and Dr. Trey Kellogg for their support and testing of the device and the good doctor Hsien-Yung. None of this would have been possible without our supporters. Please spread the word.
Medic Outpost Africa
Medic Outpost will be postponing further travel and training to Kenya for at least the next few months. Our partners in Kenya are continuing to use the equipment we left them on our last training in Chogoria. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide support through information and online training. We are also continuing to work to source equipment that can be bought in country and will focus our efforts on the Covid-19 situation. Our thoughts are with the first responders and their families as they form the first line of defense against the virus in addition to running the emergency calls they continue to deal with.
Notes from the Field
What a difference a few weeks make. I was coming back from Mexico at just about that time the world took a drastic and sad turn. Luckily, on the advise of friends I managed to smuggle in some toilet paper.
I hope everyone is safe and well and following the guidelines the experts have chosen. We will get through this and I really feel we will come out stronger and better.
Medic Outpost is not going away. We are continuing the do what we can to help those first responders and healthcare workers in the remote areas. Lives are the most important thing no matter where they are. We are continuing to provide support as best we can in Mexico in cooperation with Dr. Garcia. Our work in Kenya is difficult right now because of distance but will not abandon any or our partners there.
As you might expect, our fundraising has taken a beating which in these uncertain times is understandable. I ask that you continue to help spread the word on our efforts in the developing world and now at home with the "The Box". In a few months the efforts we are putting in here at home will pay off. Unfortunately, the developing world will be in the middle of perhaps the biggest fight of their lives.
Please consider supporting us as much as you can. A small recurring donation of any amount will go a long way. Be careful and safe. Let's all come together again and move forward.
the founder guy