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HAITI STUDENT MANUAL. COURSE DESCRIPTION The clinical experience in Haiti is organized by Justin Dunaway, a graduate of the DPT program, who is a founding.

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2 COURSE DESCRIPTION The clinical experience in Haiti is organized by Justin Dunaway, a graduate of the DPT program, who is a founding member of Phoenix Rising for Haiti (PRH). PRH is a non-profit organization with the purpose to provide a multidisciplinary approach to the rehabilitation of the injured and disabled people of Haiti. This clinical offers a hands on/direct patient care experience in an rural, economically disadvantaged area of Haiti that has many healthcare system related challenges. The patient care provided by the student is supervised at all times by either the YSU graduate, Justin, or his designated physical therapist. Any therapists designated to supervise the student will have had prior experience in Haiti.

3 COURSE DESCRIPTION The clinical experience offers the YSU student the opportunity to: Provide care for a diverse array of patient problems including amputation, congenital deformity, wounds, and neurologic and musculoskeletal related limitations and dysfunction. Providing physical therapy care to a person from Haiti offers the student a culturally different experience than that available in our other YSU affiliated clinics. Experience the challenges and benefits of working through an interpreter to develop a successful method to communicate with the Haitians in their country

4 COURSE DESCRIPTION During this clinical, the YSU student will work alongside PTs from other geographic areas of the USA as well as throughout the world. The experience also allows the YSU student to collaborate on patient care with other providers such as the prosthetist, orthotist, occupational therapist, wound care specialist and orthopedic technician. The student who attended the last clinical experience in Haiti was able to work with PTs from Canada and Australia as well as coordinate the making of splints and mobility/positioning devices with the OT and orthotist. She also worked with a carpenter to literally design and make a mobility device for a child who otherwise was immobile. Lastly, the YSU student will learn the true meaning of collaborative pt care because team meetings to problem solve solutions to patient problems occur constantly in this setting.

5 LEARNING OBJECTIVES 1.Develop a culturally competent POC for a person with a familiar musculoskeletal, integumentary, neuromuscular, and/or cardiopulmonary problems. 2.Communicate effectively via a translator during a physical therapy evaluation and treatment session. 3.Modify patient education to include unique local considerations of Haitian patients. a.For example, Haitian people with diabetes often are unaware of the need to wear shoes besides flip/flops when walking including when walking inside on the dirt/rocky floors of their homes. 4.Collaborate with other team members to develop a POC for a complex patient condition.

6 LEARNING OBJECTIVES 5.Compare differences and similarities of treatment techniques among PTs from different geographical areas of the USA and possibly the world. 6.Become proficient with a prior unfamiliar technique taught by a PT from another geographic area or develop a POC for an unfamiliar diagnosis common in Haiti. 7.Develop a list of local barriers and supports to modify disability impact in Haiti. 8.Formulate a solution to a system/clinic level problem that occurred during the experience. 9.Prioritize curriculum needs for the YSU PT Program in regards to teaching cultural competence.

7 STUDENT REQUIREMENTS Finish the second year of DPT curriculum Approval by staff Self fundraise Present on experience upon return and write for YSU PT newsletter as well as other potential requirements


9 PRH Facility/Housing in Port-du-Paix

10 ACCOMMODATIONS Housing Conditions Provides clean water for drinking and showering Meals provided by cook with clean water Bathroom/shower- 2 upstairs, 1 downstairs Community living Sleeping Options Inside with windows Outside with tent Suggested to sleep with mosquito net Security Property surrounded by fence with security guard

11 TYPICAL SCHEDULE FOR TRIP Friday- Travel Saturday- Land in Port au-Prince Saturday morning and either fly (40 mins) or drive (6-8 hrs) to Port-du- Paix depending on travel availability Set up clinic and team meeting to discuss the details of the week to come Sunday- Down Day Boat to Tortuga and spend the day on the beach, we have also done days in the market in local towns, sight seeing, hiking, etc- depends on what we can make happen Monday through Friday- Eat breakfast- treat till lunch- treat till we are out of patients Saturday- If flights are available, fly back to Port au-Prince and then home by Saturday night

12 TYPICAL DAY IN THE CLINIC A student will shadow Justin the first day-day and a half. You will then shift to treating and then treating independently by Wednesday (potentially earlier or later). You will also be required to shadow other PTs because there are a lot of people with multiple different skill sets to get many perspectives. Students will also follow one amputee from casting, through fabrication, to fitting, to gait training to see the whole process.

13 The line of patients waiting outside the PRH facility

14 Typical treatment areas


16 Treatment tables Acupunture needles Electro-acupuncture machine Cupping/vaccuum therapy TASTM tools Thera-bands First aide/wound care supplies Orthotic supplies/bracing Prosthetic workshop with power tools/hand tools Antibiotics (pills/topicals) Saline/ IV kits Always in need of: Thera-bands Little use for: TENS Goniometers Gait belts AVAILABLE EQUIPMENT

17 Always one day to KICK BACK and RELAX!!!

18 PLANNING All trip planning, booking, accommodations and payment are made via Phoenix Rising for Haiti.

19 PREPARATION FOR TRIP Consult your physician well in advance for medical needs and when to begin immunizations. Immunizations Up to date Tetanus, flu, MMR, and Varicella shots (Takes 4-6 weeks) Also recommended Typhoid (at least 2 weeks in advance) and Hepatitis A and B (series of 3 shots, needs to be started ~7 months in advance) Medications Malaria- Chloroquine or other anti malaria medication Cipro- optional antibiotic Anti-nausea/ motion sickness- Phenergan Anti-diarrheal medication

20 PREPARATION FOR TRIP Consult your physician well in advance for medical needs and when to begin immunitizations. Physical Condition and Medications Obtain a thorough physical exam Medical identification tags, bracelets, cards etc. should be carried If taking any prescription drugs bring enough for the entire trip Bring extra medication to be safe

21 PAPERWORK FOR TRIP Copies of: Medical Insurance (2) Passport (2) All prescriptions (2)

22 Water bottle Alarm clock (battery operated) Medical kit/Toiletries--any prescription meds you are taking Flash light Sunscreen Extra-strength bug repellant (DEET) Snack food Phoenix Rising T shirt (wear it) Underwear and socks for 4 days Shower shoes (flip flops) Towel and washcloth Toilet paper Moist Towelettes Passport Money- USD Ladies-female items Watch Pillow and sheets CARRY ON ITEMS

23 Extra wet ones Photocopy of passport Hat (ladies-something to pull hair up) Plastic bag for laundry Roll of duct tape and permanent marker Shower curtain liner Swim suit(ladies- one piece) Package of paper plates Toilet paper Roll of paper towels or napkins Clothes line and pocket knife Littler hand sanitizer LUGGAGE Snack food Extra pair of comfortable shoes and sandals Hiking boots Light jacket for evening Light weight blanket or sleeping bag Mosquito net Underwear and socks Work gloves Towel and washcloth Backpack Tent Beach towel

24 COSTS AND FUNDRAISING Costs: Average trip cost= $1,400 to $1,800 Most be fully paid 1 MONTH before departure $500 nonrefundable deposit due 3 MONTHS before the trip Fundraising Ideas: Spaghetti dinners or pancake breakfast 50/50 Raffle baskets Max and Ermas or Chilis Dinner Connect with your place of worship Write letters to friends, families, and colleagues Contact Local businesses Coupon Books All donations payable to Phoenix Rising for Haiti are tax deductible. Be sure to send thank-you notes to your supporters.

25 YSU SUPPORT Any funding through YSU requires travel forms PT Department Department Deans Provost **Keep ALL COPIES TER completed after travel Will need to be able to pay up front and will be reimbursed upon returning

26 THINGS TO REMEMBER Water will be provided by the clinic, however do not drink or brush your teeth with any water in Haiti Only eat foods prepared by PRH. When eating in public places, avoid eating salads or fresh fruit Wear comfortable modest clothing (scrubs is a good idea). Bring a swimsuit and sturdy closed toed shoes Bring less than $100 for souvenirs or emergencies (do not bring large bills; $5 bills or less) Bringing a laptop will not be necessary

27 IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY Most common Illnesses: Vomiting and diarrhea The conditions are treated by starting a saline IV at the clinic, which many volunteers can do If additional care is needed- a hospital is located down the street and the clinic has relationships with 2 surgeons Trauma: Partnered with an ortho-surgeon down the street and have a relationship with a medical director of a hospital 10 minutes from the clinic **Everything at the hospital is paid for in CASH (there is a bank in town if additional cash is needed)

28 CONTACT Phoenix Rising for Haiti on Facebook Justin Dunaway

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