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February 2015

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Volunteer Tip of the Day: 

As many individuals seek volunteer opportunities outside of their normal realm, they may also encounter environments that are devoid of safety monitoring equipment such as carbon monoxide monitors.  
According to the CDC, each year in the USA there are approximately 20,000 emergency room visits, 4000 hospitalizations, and more than 400 deaths from unintentional carbon monoxide(CO) poisoning not linked to fires. These facts make carbon monoxide poisoning the number one cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the USA.

Medical Missions

The process of developing a viable medical mission varies with the needs of the area, volunteer recruitment, and economic sustainability. Below we provide a synopsis on various opportunities we are pursuing. 

Kenya: Located in central Kenya. Kitale District Hospital is the primary hospital in the area.  The hospital sees approximately 800 patients per day. In 2014, we were invited to Kitale by Mr. Barasa. The orphanages he presides over are full of children in dire need of medical and dental care.

Keeping the planet, ours!

Through various organizations' adoption of "sustainable earth programs(SEP)" within their manifest, volunteers have joined together in an effort to help manage earth's resources.  Example agendas of SEP would include practices such as; promoting things such as Bike lanes and Subway docks ( see increase mobility, exercise, decreased morbidity).  In addition recycling, carpooling, limiting unnecessary paper use, conservation of fossil fuels, the development of new technologies for the purpose of decreasing man's reliance on nonrenewal energy,  "green scene" and promoting clean water initiatives to all fall within SEP parameters.

The war on Ebola rages on

Patrice Gordon, NP bottle feeding a young patient in West Africa
Both the new cases of Ebola and deaths from Ebola Virus Disease have decreased remarkable since the international community placed a higher priority on the situation in West Africa. However, while the battle against Ebola may have been victorious, the war on Ebola has yet to be won.
Patrice Gordon, NP bottle feeding a young patient in West Africa

History has shown us time and time again that consequences of not permanently eradicating a known threat to be profound. This week the British Medical Journal released a study performed by the United Nation's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Measles in the USA

The measles outbreak in the US continues to spread throughout the nation. According to the Washington Post(WP), individuals infected with measles now number 121! A significant number of the 121 were traced to an measles outbreak at an amusement park in Southern California. The CDC announced on Monday that cases of the highly contagious virus have been confirmed in Arizona(7 cases), California(88 cases), Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, New Jersey, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, Texas, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

MMR vaccination Rates

    Vaccinations are making the front page of several world newspapers. The USA Today reports that nearly one in seven public and private school children, in the USA, have measles vaccination rates below 90%. (These statistics were acquired through the analysis of immunization rates of 13 states according the USA Today.)
     Dr. Paul Carson, Director of Infection Prevention at Sanford Health, states "that you need 90 to 95 percent of the children immunized to get what we call herd immunity".