How many patients will we see?
Surgery Teams: We expect you will see 50% less patients than you do normally between Monday and Thursday. This number is based on the volume of patients we can accommodate while adhering to the disinfection protocols and other policies mandated by the Ministry of Health and required at our partner hospitals.
Village Teams: We expect each team will see approximately 100 patients per day between Monday and Thursday. This number is based on the volume of patients we can accommodate while adhering to the protocols mandated by the Ministry of Health.
All Teams: This number may fluctuate based on infection rates in the country. We will always see the greatest number of patients we can see while still adhering to the necessary requirements.
Based on this patient volume, we expect to have 18-20 volunteers per village team and 20-25 volunteers per surgery team. Your team leader will provide more information on your team composition and specialties.
How will patients be screened before I see them?
Surgical patients will receive a COVID test at the hospital on the day prior to surgery. Patients and team members will have a temperatures check/symptom screening before they are allowed entry into the Obras, Hilario Galindo, and the Village Medical Clinics.
What if patients come to the clinic or hospital with COVID symptoms?
Patients with COVID symptoms, or previous exposure, will be sent to the nearest public health center or public hospital for care.
Will there be any changes to our medical and surgical program?
All Teams: We will not have a dental component on any teams in 2021 or until further notice. Mobility Clinics will be added to some teams as of September 2021, again depending on the various restrictions, logistics and patient need in country.
Obras Teams: There will not be a GI component this year.
What kind of PPE will be provided?
Faith In Practice is using the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines and Guatemala guidelines for proper PPE use. We will provide in country the required amount of PPE for each mission team. Each team will have access to N95 masks, ear-loop masks, gowns, gloves, and face shields. In addition to PPE, there will be acrylic screens or other bio-security measures taken to protect volunteers and patients.
Are you looking for donations of PPE?
Faith In Practice is grateful for generous donations of PPE from Henry Schein Cares, Providence, and others. We will have ample PPE for your team, but please let us know if your hospital or clinic would like to make a larger donation of PPE.