Planning for a medical mission trip takes many tiny steps and several large ones. Beginning steps include picking dates we hope will work for the hospital we are traveling to. We were lucky to get a great week to head to Guatemala.
Our surgeons are in the process of reviewing the WOGO volunteer list to make sure we have all of the pieces and parts of our team covered. We need nurses, PAs, physical therapists, surgical techs, anesthesiologists, and so many more skilled individuals to make a trip happen.
Lists need to be updated for the equipment we need to gather for the trip. Medicines, materials, implants and so much more. Beach balls will be ordered for our patients’ physical therapy support. All the little things make the trip run smoothly. Because we had supplies ready to go for a trip, we need to sort through existing materials to make sure nothing is expired or needs replacing.
Research begins about our location. Where are we going, what are the conditions, what is the hospital like? How many ORs?
We’ve added to the planning COVID protocols and research.
We’re discussing using Amazon lists.
Paperwork is underway. We have volunteer agreements to share. The gathering of team information begins again. Have people moved? Has their email changed? We remind the team to confirm their passports are up to date.
With planning started it can mean only one thing, the countdown is on to our next medical mission. We are less than a year away from Guatemala – I can feel the excitement building. Can’t you?
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