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History of VIM An estimated 120,000 working Jacksonville citizens have no health insurance. VIM-Jax proposes to serve the working uninsured and their families.

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1 History of VIM An estimated 120,000 working Jacksonville citizens have no health insurance. VIM-Jax proposes to serve the working uninsured and their families by operating a volunteer-run clinic where patients will receive free primary medical care, counseling services and medications they need to live healthy productive lives.

2 History Cont. The VIM model was created in 1994 by Dr. Jack B. McConnell in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. VIMs ongoing success with the assistance of a grant from the Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals is repeated daily in many volunteer run clinics from Florida to Oregon.

3 Mission Statement The Volunteers in Medicine Jacksonville clinic is a volunteer run medical clinic that provides primary medical services to the working uninsured of Greater Jacksonville Operations are funded through private and corporate donations, grants, and on-going fundraising

4 Staff Care is provided by volunteer physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and non-medical community volunteers. Community partners providing specific services on an outsource basis A small paid staff to coordinate and effectively administer the clinic.

5 Board of Trustees James N. Burt, MD Kevin Hyde, Esq. Dorothy S. Dorion, RN, MS Guy Cuiddihee Li Loriz, PhD C.B. McIntosh, MD Heather Duncan Rev. Richard A. Petry George E. Ridge, Esq. Leo Alonso, D.O. Ron Mallett Gene Baker, PhD Lisa Weatherby

6 VIM Objectives Provide free primary care medical and counseling services. Improve community health through education and preventative medicine. Encourage care providers and receivers to contribute to the communitys well being. Promote volunteerism and community spirit.

7 Patient Criteria for Services Residency-patients live or work in Duval County Income-patients have an income level between $13,000-$25,530 per year for a single individual. Uninsured-patients are without private or government funded medical insurance. Employment-one or more family members are gainfully employed.

8 Vision May we have eyes to see those rendered invisible and excluded; open arms and hearts to reach out and include them; healing hands to touch their lives with love, and, in the process, heal ourselves. Keys to Success Quality Management Efficient, Low-cost Operation Enthusiastic and Committed Volunteers Broad Base of Community Involvement and Support

9 Clinical Volunteer Section Infection Control, HIPAA, HIV & Fire Safety

10 Infection Control OSHA is a regulatory agency that oversees occupational health and safety. Protection against blood borne pathogens You can help prevent the spread of infection by following three basic guidelines.

11 1.Practice Optimal Hand Hygiene! Hand Hygiene is the single most important method of preventing the spread of infection. Hand Hygiene is a general term that includes: Hand washing with plain soap or antiseptic soap and water. Use of waterless hand rub for routine hygiene.

12 2. Perform Hand Hygiene… When arriving at the clinical work area Before and after having direct patient care contact with the patients intact skin. Before performing invasive procedures or other sterile procedures, whether or not sterile gloves are worn. Before meals After coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose After using the restroom When hands are visibly soiled

13 3. Effective Hand washing Technique 1. Wet hands with warm water 2. Apply 3-5 ml (2-3 teaspoons) of soap to hands 3. Rub hands together for at least 15 seconds, covering all surfaces of the hands and fingers 4. Rinse hands with water and dry thoroughly 5. Use towel to turn off the faucet

14 Remember….. Hand hygiene is the single most important method of preventing the spread of infection!

15 HIV/AIDS What is HIV Human Immunodeficiency Virus is a retrovirus that causes AIDS. It destroys the essential conduction of the immune system The only way to determine whether HIV is present is through blood test.

16 Transmission of HIV Exposure to blood or other potentially infectious material IV drug users from needle sharing Homosexual contact Heterosexual contact Transfusion of blood or blood products contaminated with HIV Occupational needle stick injury and other blood exposures During pregnancy, during delivery and after birth

17 You will not get HIV by the following: Touching Social kissing Coughing Sneezing Contact with eating utensils, water fountains and toilet seats Using public facilities such as swimming pools Being close to other people or in crowded spaces

18 Preventing the spread of HIV: Not sharing needles or personal items which may be contaminated with blood. Protect open wounds from contact with blood and body fluids by properly covering any broken skin surfaces. Practice good hand hygiene Hand hygiene before and after patient contact, even if gloves are worn Use appropriate protective equipment, gloves, gown, masks, etc.

19 OSHA/Blood Borne Pathogens Blood borne pathogens can potentially reside in: Blood Semen Vaginal secretions Body fluid with visible blood Other body fluids

20 Fire Safety There are three exits, the main entrance, a rear exit on the first floor and a rear exit on the second floor. A fire extinguisher is located on the first floor near the reception area. Extinguisher instructions: 1. Pull ring pin 2. Stand 8 from fire 3. Aim at the base of the fire, use extinguisher upright. 4. Squeeze the lever, sweep from side to side

21 HIPAA What is it? National Legislation passed by congress in 1996 that resulted in total reform. It was passed to guarantee that persons changing jobs would not lose coverage. It standardizes how medical information is shared and guarantees patient security and confidentiality.

22 HIPAA: Why is it important to VIM-Jax? All volunteers are going to be exposed to sensitive information. To protect the dignity and privacy of our guests, we need to respect their protected health information.

23 What constitutes protected health information? Name and Address Phone and fax numbers Medical record numbers Insurance information Social Security numbers Certificate/license numbers Internet addresses Hospital records Identifying characteristics Vehicle ID Numbers Photographs Device identifiers Any medium with patient information.

24 HIPAA Summary Treat guest information as if it was your own. Disclose the minimum amount of information necessary. Only give personal information to those directly relevant to care and treatment. Patients ultimately make the decision regarding the use and release of their information.

25 Quiz 1. The first step to take when there is an exposure to blood/body fluids is to: A. Report immediately to the Emergency Department B. Complete an accident report C. Notify the clinic manager D. Wash the exposed area immediately and thoroughly.

26 Quiz 2. HIV can be spread by occupational needle stick injury, sexual contact, during delivery or an HIV+ mother to her baby. True or False

27 Quiz Cont. 3. It is acceptable to share patient information with other volunteers. A. True B. False

28 Quiz Cont. 4. Which of the following is proper hand washing technique: A. Rub hands together for 5 seconds under warm water. B. Wet hands with warm water, apply 3 ml of soap, rub hands together for 15 seconds covering all surfaces of the hands and fingers, rinse hands with water and dry thoroughly, use a towel to turn off the faucet. C. Use warm soapy water to wash palms and fingers, dry hands on jeans.

29 Quiz Cont. 5. Hand hygiene is the single most important way to prevent the spread of infection. A. True B. False

30 Answers 1. D 2. A 3. B 4. B 5. A

31 References Volunteers in Medicine Institute. (2005). Volunteers in Medicine Institute. Retrieved April 4, 2005, from Volunteers in Medicine Jacksonville. (2004). Volunteers in Medicine Jacksonville [Brochure]. Jacksonville, FL: Author. Volunteers in Medicine Jacksonville. (2005). Retrieved April 4, 2005, from


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