Stanford, Calif. (November 19, 2013) - In response to the
unprecedented disaster caused by Typhoon Haiyan, a team of medical
specialists from Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard
Children's Hospital will deploy to the Philippines to help treat
victims. The ten-member team of emergency physicians and nurses will
depart for the devastated region on November 22.
"We have an absolute obligation and duty to provide support in
this way, in any way possible," said Colin Bucks,
MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and
Associate Director of the Stanford Emergency Medicine Program for
Emergency Response (SEMPER). "This is a tremendous opportunity to
put our useful skill set to work, to do a lot of good."
SEMPER builds, trains and maintains teams of emergency medical care
providers (physicians, nurses, emergency medical technicians and
support personnel) ready to depart for a disaster scene within six
hours following a call for help. The SEMPER team will work alongside
Medical Teams International in the Philippines for two weeks,
providing primary care support. A second SEMPER team is also being
assembled for possible deployment.
"Everyone expects an increase in infectious diseases. Wound
care will be complex," Bucks said. "We're dealing with a
destroyed infrastructure. So, we're going to provide as much high
quality medical care as possible."
To aid in the relief effort, the team will take as many supplies as
possible, including antibiotics, splints, scalpels and sutures.
Lightweight scrubs and easy-to-assemble tents will also be part of the
packing list. Some of the team members also bring with them valuable
experience from working in previous relief efforts, such as treating
survivors of the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010.
Along with Bucks, the team includes physicians Ian Brown, Julieta
Barrett, and Colin Bucks. The nurses are Linda Jordan, Julie
Racioppi, Terri Wieske, Joselinda Landon, Brandon Bond and mental
health specialist Kim Woolley.