Policlínico Peruano Americano Update

July 31, 2009

Steve Henrichon

Winter has arrived in Pisco, Peru and the clinic team has been busy in the months of May and June. We have maintained an average of 60 patients per day, with the most common cases being respiratory (46%), parasitic (12%), physical/muscular (10%), digestive (7%), and skin disorders (6%). As the weather gets colder, we anticipate the percentage of respiratory ailments to increase. To treat patients with respiratory conditions, we make use of nebulizers, suction unit, oxygen tanks, as well as prescription pharmaceuticals & inhalers accessible from our in-house pharmacy.

In addition, we have rolled out an ultrasound program where patients can receive diagnostic ultrasounds. Both Dr. Torrealva and Dr. Aguinaga are licensed in ultrasound. In the months of May and June, 41 ultrasounds were administered.

Laboratory Services are now available at the clinic. A 3rd party lab in Pisco administers the tests and we now have a full time lab technician, Senorita Milagros. We are able to get same day test results which greatly improves continuity of care and quality of service offered at the clinic. In June, 124 blood samples were drawn for a full battery of different tests.

As the term “policlínico” implies, we offer multiple services. With the induction of laboratory and diagnostic imaging services, we are truly able to live up to our name. The next service in the works is a dentistry program, where a dentist will provide services 2 days per week. Stay tuned for more information in upcoming months.

At the Policlínico Peruano Americano, we are always trying to promote education and prevention amongst the community. The clinic team has taken the initiative to participate/organize different community educational seminars on such topics as H1V1 and AIDS/HIV. For the latter, we have partnered with a local organization, Mirades y Voces, aimed at educating the public about AIDS/HIV. Please see our latest web album for photos from the seminars here.

In June, the clinic team also hosted a Health Information Fair for the entire community. The fair was sponsored by the town of San Clemente.

For any questions, comments, or if you wish to make a donation to help continue the operation of the Policlínico Peruano Americano through these tough economic times, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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