Well, after a long siesta from the site, I am back! The last 6 months have been a whirlwind of activity for me and my family. I am looking forward to rooting myself in the areas I enjoy (here is one of them) in the coming months. I will be heading down to Haiti on Friday for another medical relief trip and will be sure to keep you all updated with our progress!
For those of you who don't know the Wilderness Medical Society has a great evidenced based journal site. Here is the link http://wemjournal.org
Well, graduate school has totally consumed my time over the past few months. The good news is that I will be done in a little over 9 weeks or so! As always, I am excited and motivated about promoting health care for the Haitian people and supporting those who provide it. I look forward to being able to put much more effort into the cause over the next several months! Look for an article I was able to contribute to in the Emergency Nurses Association monthly journal, ENA Connections.
Take a quick look back over the past two years with Project Medishare, P.A.P., Haiti.
Personal safety, what does it mean to you? It has been my experience that everyone has their own subjective view of the topic. Some are very vigilant and others are very lax and unaware of their surroundings. These variables can create quite a sticky situation if one were to really get into trouble. This is especially true when you are in a resource poor part of the world.
So, what should we be prepared for when traveling abroad? Quite simply, there are many things that can get you into trouble. The majority of emergencies typically stem from expedition travel, weather, accidents and medical ailments. On a risk management level, these four areas are notorious for ending trips and creating logistical nightmares if evacuations and specialized resources are needed.
As this written dialogue continues, the discussion(s) of prevention, preparation, and logistical responses will continue to be unraveled. The next topic will be prevention and what to do before the trip even starts. From a foundational view, this is one of the most important areas of you the adventure and critical to a successful trip. Stay tuned………..
Well, this has certainly been a fast paced and interesting year. My life and its mission are continuing to evolve on many positive levels. I have enjoyed sharing and discussing these experiences with many of you. A common theme strewn throughout the many discussions is safety and risk management. I think this warrants talking about more. Over the next couple of months I will be highlighting some important items essential for travel abroad into resource poor areas. In addition, I think its important to discuss some of the potential pitfalls and dangers we can get ourselves into. Looking forward to a great dialogue!