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Friday, January 22, 2010

Staging area

At present our staging area at the novitiate looks like a kicked anthill. Field team members are splitting our supplies so that we can send out two field teams and double our effectiveness. Hospital team members are putting together an impromptu FAST (Forward Area Surgical Team), specializing in orthopedic damage control surgery, so that we can provide near-real-time care to these patients, rather than having them wait two or three MORE days for definitive care. Although we are still saving lives, the faster we move, the more likely we are to be able to preserve FUNCTION -- the difference, for instance, between losing a finger, and losing a hand. Got to go -- more to follow.

--Mark Hayward


  1. Hey- my husband's famiyl is in Haiti at #7Marin #13 they are safe in their house but need food, water. Can you drop some supplies off? If you can, thank you! I know Amy Overby from IA.