□ Scrubs/ appropriate clothing. Remember laundry is available and the fashion police are noticeably absent. No need to pack the closet- but don’t forget something to wear to church.
□ Umbrella and/or Sunscreen
□ If you are coming in the dry season (February-April) no need to bring a rain coat. During the rainy season, use your discretion The buildings are faily close to one another in the hospital compound.
□ A 3G device (if you already have one) and try to activate it in La Ceiba first.
□ A Bible/ journal
□ Books- for pleasure or continuing ed (See note “The Libraries” in the orientation packet)
□ Malaria Prophylaxis and don’t forget those recommended vaccines (see CDC for details)
□ Water bottle
□ Flash light/ Head lamp
□ Toiletries (You can buy most of these here if you are trying to pack light. The only thing you might want, but CAN NOT buy here are tampons. Ladies take note.)
□ Supportive shoes or sandels
□ Shower shoes
□ Bug spray and diphenhydramine/ other anti-itch cream for when the bugs get you anyway
□ Cash to pay clinic and MAF
□ An open heart willing to learn and serve
Check out Comercial Fermin if your curious what kind of things you can buy here.
Personal Items for Medical Volunteers Working in the Clinic
As in any hospital setting, tracking down what you need when you need to use it can be a challenge. Here this is often exacerbated by the fact we may just not have what you are looking for. It would be wise to bring any portable equipment that you use regularly in your practice (otoscope, stethoscope, pulse oximeter, alcohol swabs, small bottle of hand sanitizer, etc…) with you. If you are a specialized practitioner, talk with one of the long term Doctors before coming to get a better sense of the equipment you will have to work with. Then you will have the choice to make do with what we have, or bring your own-perhaps slightly less portable- equipment/ devices.
Items For the Clinic
There are several things we are almost ALWAYS in short supply:
- Exam gloves
- Linens (For twin beds)
- Baby blankets, baby hats, layettes
- Hand sanitizer
- Spanish health education materials/ DVDs
- Spanish Christian or positive message DVDs
- Prenatal Vitamins
- Photo paper (4x6in) / ink cartridges for the clinic’s photo printer
There are other things we may or may not need. Its always helpful to ask how we are doing on:
- Specialized batteries
- Quart and Gallon Zip Lock bags
- Test strips for the glucometer
- Gel for the doppler
- Other medical equipment (blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes, pulse oximeters, thermometers ect…)
- Other over-the-counter medications
We are always appreciative when visitors bring these items to donate to the clinic!
Perhaps you, your family, friends, or church are looking for practical and material ways to bless the clinic. Below are things on our “wish list”- things that make us sigh, look off into the distance, and imagine what fun it would be to have the below items in the budget. If you are interested in buying, bringing with you, and donating any of the below items- it would mean so much to the clinic staff and patients we serve. Thanks in advance!!
A doppler allows us to monitor how a baby is doing during labor. Currently we have one, but it would be great to have a second/ newer doppler and so we can keep one in the prenatal office and the other in the labor room and have a back up when we have multiple laboring women.
Looking for three of these, to be located on the wall in our outpatient clinic. Current sets are quite dim with light intensity; difficult to see fundi.
Infusion Pump (and sets of compatible tubing)
Most of the fluids we run are for hydration and exact infusion rates aren’t all that important. We DO however use infusions (such as Magnesium for pre-eclampsia) where infusion rates are VERY important. We have excellent nurses skilled at calculating drip rates- but having a pump for such medications would make us feel much safer.
Allows us to do skin graphs..