Clinic Report: November 2015

All the volunteers arrived on time to Stein Parking Lot. Clinic Coordinator was a bit late from transporting patient history files. Shirts were given out to members before we left. Dental paid clinic fees that morning, so gas and toll were distributed then. We were lacking one officer in a car, so we had a veteran member ride in that car. The need was expressed for dental binders and a walkie-talkie or phone. We caravanned down to the border at around 7:15, where we managed to stay in a single file until reaching the streets near the clinic. Walkie talkies proved useful in pointing out turns to make, and no one got lost. Upon arrival at clinic, the amount of people waiting seemed low, so some public health officers went out to advertise with Maria Elena. Because there was only one provider and about 5 public health officers in attendance, we had an excess of volunteers with little to do. Peter instructed some of the volunteers and public health officers about his healing in his consult room. We had the shift change with a few rearrangements. Because of the low new patient volume in the afternoon, we allowed half the volunteers to go get tacos, and then switched them out with the remaining half so that we could get back on the road before dark. We caravanned back, and the fifth and fourth cars got stuck at a few intersections, causing the rest of the caravan to drive really slowly to allow them to catch up. No one missed the border line this time and the wait was somewhere from one and a half to two hours. The cars made it back to UCSD at the same general time. Joana collected binders and patient histories, and I collected the walkie-talkies.

Clinic Report: November 2014

In the morning of the clinic, Nurse Catherine lost her purse which included her passport, she had to go home and get other identifications. One of our drivers did not show up. Therefore, one car stayed behind and waited for Nurse Catherine and Peter while the rest caravaned to Mexico using walkie-talkies. We also used our back up driver and had to stop to fill up gas. We also had to stop by and transfer medicines, tools, etc. from our main clinic to Centro De Salud. As the results, we were behind on schedule. In addition, one of our doctors cancelled the night before due to sickness so we only had Nurse Catherine to see the patients. However, Nurse Catherine was amazingly able to see all the patients! Clinic was a success. We finished later than usual around 4pm. We transferred everything back to our main clinic and caravaned back home. It was dark on our way home and one of the cars got lost near the border but we were all able to cross the border back to the US safely around 8-9pm.

Clinic Report: October 2014

Total Health Professionals: 1

(Name and profession/title)

Catherine Konyn, FNP

Total Volunteers: 18

 

Total Patients Seen: 18

Medical: 18

Dental: None

Haircuts: None

 

Special Cases:

October clinic was a success! With our new walkie-talkies, we were able to caravan down to Mexico and back to the US together. Even though only we had one provider (Nurse Catherine), we still saw 18 patients total. We also had a pharmacist (Kimmie) joined us for the first time on this trip. Even with just one provider, most of the volunteers had a chance to observe Nurse Catherine treating patients. Most patients left with medication they needed. However, there were some special cases that we were not able to treat and had to refer them to see a local doctor. There was an eight-month-old baby girl that came. The mother was concerned about the mass on the baby’s right upper back right under her birthmark, close to the armpit. Nurse Catherine checked to make sure it was not close to the lymph node. Nurse Catherine’s guess was that it might just be an enlarged vessel from the birthmark. However, without any proper equipment, we could not confirm that. She recommended the baby to see a pediatrician. There was also a six-year-old boy that came with his mother. His chief complaint was that it hurts when he urinates. He did not have a fever so Nurse Catherine did not think it was a urinary tract infection (UTI). After checking his genitalia, she believes that there might be something anatomically wrong with him. Same with the first case, we had to refer that boy out to see a local doctor. Public Health did an informative presentation on the respiratory tract. They also followed up with their diabetic patients and gave them more glucose test strips. We finished seeing patients around 4pm. As usual, we rewarded ourselves with delicious tacos and tortas. We took the San Ysidro border crossing this time since they opened up more lanes. We got back to UCSD safely around 9pm. Thanks to Nurse Catherine, Kimmie, and all the volunteers’ hard work that made this trip possible.

Reports, Suggestions, or Comments:

Pharmacy: Pharmacy is still very crowded. We had a table right outside of the pharmacy to count pills.

Vitals: Vitals went well. I taught the volunteers to take BP manually. I had three volunteers at this station and had them rotate shadowing.

Translators and Histories: We had a lot of Spanish speakers on this trip

Clinic Report: September 2014

Total Health Professionals:

(Name and profession/title) Dr. Campbell MD, Dr. King MD, Catherine Konyn ANP

 

Total Volunteers:

7 plus three officers, 10 total

Total Patients Seen:

Medical: 0

Dental:

Haircuts: 0

 

Special Cases:

Clinic was cancelled at the last minute due to low volume of volunteers, insufficient number of Spanish speakers, and absence of the clinic coordinator who had the medical insurance cards and clinic fees. Also the date of a protest taking place at several border crossing, meant to start at 8 AM. Dr. Patel was meant to bring a donor, so Joana Vazquez accompanied them to other schools’ clinic to see how clinic is generally run.

Reports, Suggestions, or Comments:

Pharmacy: NA

Vitals: NA

Dentistry:

Seminars: NA

Translators: NA

Histories: NA. Maybe include relevant terminology and practice with history sheets at future Spanish language tables so that we have volunteers familiar with how to run histories in the event of few Spanish speakers present at clinic.

Clinic Report: August 2014

Total Health Professionals: 2

Dr. Castaner, Dr. Akhtar, Dr. Andrade, Dr. Abbas

 

Total Volunteers:

15 FS volunteers (clinic), 3 doctors (two residents), 1 dentist, 4 PDS volunteers, 3 guests of Dr. Abbas

Total Patients Seen:

Medical: 22

Dental:

Public Health: Not present this clinic

Special Cases:

  • Two cases of rash and eye irritations
  • Six diabetic cases and related conditions
  • Low mood and weight gain, accompanied by depression.
  • Urinary track infection, requested STI screening
  • Ear infection (otitis extema)
  • Sciatica
  • Allergic rhinitis, lice
  • Umbilical hernia

Reports, Suggestions, or Comments:

  1. Late start, a driver arrived twenty-five minutes late. Varied arrival times for other drivers.
  2. Volunteer shortlist due to limited summer availability for most members. There were enough to operate all stations and provide translators to all stations, as well as the providers.
  3. One of the providers was rendered unable to practice and resumed later on in the clinic.
  4. Increase of patients seen this clinic.

Clinic Report: July 2014

Clinic Trip Report

UCSD FLYING SAMARITANS

Coordinator: Jennifer Corona

Clinic Date: 7/19/14


 

Total Health Professionals:

(Name and profession/title)

Dr. Omar Velasco, resident

Catherine Konyn, ANP

Dr. Burns, Dental

Total Volunteers:

20 including Joana

5 Dental

Total Patients Seen:

Medical: 16

Dental: 7

Haircuts: 0

 

Special Cases:

A young girl came in to check on some fallopian cysts that may be developing. Dr. Velasco advised that she come back in a few months for a check up.

A colon cancer patient, arrived but could not get out of her car, apparently due to severe dehydration and puking. Joana gave Assael (Pharmacy administrator) $20 to buy her some pedialyte and Gatorade. Additionally, Nurse Catherine changed her dressings. Clinic was at a standstill for a while as both providers went out to see her. This led to some impatience in the waiting room, so Maria Elena started calling patients in. I had to explain that we didn’t have room in the smaller waiting room for them and that they couldn’t be seen because the doctors were out. She was very understanding.

The mother with the 6 month year old baby came in to ask for baby formula. Unfortunately, the pharmacy only had baby formula for 1-3 months infants. For the next clinic trip, Joana will use flying sams money to buy the correct baby formula. Joana confirmed with Maria Ellena the needs of the mother and Maria said that the mother has multiple children and not enough food to breast-feed the 6-month year old baby.

Reports, Suggestions, or Comments:

Pharmacy: Rotary stopped by to inspect the pharmacy and doors and windows. Presumably in anticipation of the pharmacy revamp.

Vitals: Nurse Alison did not show up to clinic, setting us back from starting because she was supposed to be assisting our volunteers in vitals. Sets precedent for nurses or medical professionals in volunteer positions to be contacted and confirmed by clinic coordinator as opposed to physician recruiter. Be clear on limitations of medical professionals to see if they are best utilized as volunteers or providers.

Dentistry: Patients had to be turned away because only pediatric cases were being seen.

Seminars: N/A

Translators: We had enough Spanish speakers, especially because Dr. Velasco speaks Spanish. Had Diana and Christopher Paddock not been turned around at the border and showed up around noon, we would have had even more at our stations with the volunteers.

Histories: Slow, few patients.