Hospitals Out of Air

Thought you folks would be interested in this video.

Haiti: MSF Treats More Than 1,000 Patients; Inflatable Hospital on the Way

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical teams in Port-au-Prince are treating large numbers of people who suffered fractures, head injuries and other major trauma during and after the January 12 earthquake.

MSF’s Inflatable Hospitals

See how MSF used inflatable hospitals after the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan. MSF uses inflatable hospitals to provide critical medical care in disaster areas. Portable operating theaters, they can be readied in enormous crates and quickly loaded onto planes. These kits comprise beds, rolling trays, respirators – all the equipment and medicines required to provide effective lifesaving surgery.

More than 1,000 patients have received care in the four tented facilities MSF set up near the damaged buildings in which it had been working. The primary concern at the moment is the overwhelming numbers of people who need immediate treatment and major surgery. An MSF team is beginning to work in the operating theater of a major public hospital in the capital’s Cite Soleil district, while other MSF staff are trying to identify additional medical structures that remain intact.

An inflatable MSF field hospital, equipped with two operating theatres, is expected to arrive by air in the next 24 hours. Crucial personnel, including surgeons and anesthetists, and supplementary stocks of medical supplies are on the way as well.

Food, water and shelter materials are all in short supply, however. “Basic provisions were always problematic for people in Port-au-Prince but the position is far worse now,” said Vincent Hoedt, one of MSF’s emergency coordinators. “And obviously there’s a concern for people who are already weakened by injuries. There are also shortages of things like gasoline, which affects the working of all kinds of vital equipment.”

MSF has seven charter flights stocked with staff and supplies ready to travel to Port-au-Prince, but thus far, only one has been able to fly into Haiti. That flight carried 25 tons of relief material-tents, medical disaster kits, blankets, plastic sheeting, jerrycans, and hygiene and cooking sets-from an MSF facility in Panama.

I am told this flight has priority. THere is a log jam at the airport because of the large number of relief flights and the sad fact that there is no fuel for the planes. They MUST have enough fuel to land and take off. Once that plane lands I will be very scarce.


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    • TMC on January 14, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    OOpsie. Forgot to remove the FP thingie.

  1. so good to see you here.

    I keep thinking Im gonna see you on my TV and not know its even you. LOLOL

    stay safe.

  2. I bet you are frustrated.

    Glad to know you arrived safely.

    Sneak in a “Hi DD`ers” when we see you on TV, that way we`ll know your safe.

    Good Luck, & thank you  for what you do.

  3. My thoughts and prayers such as they are are with you and everyone else down their.

    • sharon on January 14, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    take care of yourself and all of the haitians you possibly can.  thanks for being there!  nyceve’s diary earlier today was about the nurse’s union stepping up and the airlines offering free airfare to medical personnel who are able to go.  hopefully, you will have the assistance and equipment you need to make a difference.

  4. …and all the people in Haiti. Be safe.

    • Diane G on January 14, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    wish I could come and help….

  5. It is so good to know that you’re O.K.

    Those emergency hospital tents are totally amazing!  Thanks for that info.

    All blessings to you, your colleagues in MSF, and the devastated Haitian people!

    Stay well and send a word or two, as you are able!

  6. Pick your fave NYC purveyor of frosty libations. You won’t pay for a drink all night. They will all be on me. You fucking rock.

  7. Here’s to each of us following your example, with everyone in their own way making a stand for Haiti and all humanity.

  8. at least it is going to do some good, and

    good luck.


  9. US takes charge in Haiti – with troops, rescue aid

    This truly worries me:

    By JENNIFER LOVEN, AP White House Correspondent Jennifer Loven, Ap White House Correspondent – 1 hr 32 mins ago

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama and the U.S. moved to take charge in earthquake-ravaged Haiti on Thursday, dispatching thousands of troops along with tons of aid to try to keep order as well as rescue the suffering in a country dysfunctional in the best of times. . . .

    I wish I could feel happy about this news, but some reason, I don’t at all!  I only hope my underlying suspicions prove wrong!

    And WHO made this country dysfunctional?  One needs only to read Max, and you will learn how the International Republican Institute, had and implemented the designs on Haiti, in the 1990’s, and onward!  An absolutely horrid story — adding to that of davidseth’s, and other’s history here!  How Washington’s Plot Against Haiti Worsened The Earthquake Disaster

    I hope everyone will read Max Blumenthal’s article — although, yet, again, you will be left with a stomach filled with anger and heartbreak!

  10. I’m honored to comment at this site with wonderful people such as The Mom Cat. My prayers are with you TMC and for all the people that need assistance.

    Thank You

  11. & please keep us posted if you have five minutes here & there.  I know you’ll be very busy, but for us at dd, you’re our “boots on the ground” and your words are more real than anything coming from TV or newspapers.

    Those poor, poor people.  Haiti just can’t seem to get a break.

    Blessings on you for what you’re doing.  And that inflatable hospital sounds great.

    • ezdidit on January 15, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Are USAID and military doing any airdrop of water and high calorie emergency rations – ER protein? Would it help?

    Is the harbor completely shut down?  

    • TexMex on February 13, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Hugs to TheMomCat from TexMex!

    I can only hangout in so many interent forums but cheers to all of you!

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