Extrication: 2 Injured and 1 DOA

A Semi rear ended a route bus 276 in Santa Ana.

Comandos attended to an accident that resulted in the death of one individual and 2 injured occupants at 630am this morning near KM 33 1/2 of the Panamericana highway at the turn off for the National Agriculture School.

The mishap took place when the driver of the semi with plates C 97-950 crashed into the back of a a route 276 public bus licensed AB 77-774 that was picking up passengers at the San Salvador to Santa Ana bus stop.

María Elena Martínez de Cuéllar, de 53 años, who was riding in the back of the bus died on impact while others were injured.

The semi driver, 34yo Luis Alonso Galdámez, had to be extricated by the CDS Extrication team and was secured, packaged, and transported to San Juan de Dios hospital in Santa Ana.

Cortesía de Noticieros Hechos

The Extrication team putting their skills to the test along with Red Cross.
Luis Alonso Galdámez, was transported immediately to higher level of care.
While securing C-Spine, a comando tries to integrate a Kendricks into the vehicle to stabilize the patient.

New People’s Norwegian Aid Director Visits la Base Central

Felipe Atkins, new  Latin America Regional Director visits with CDS Staff at their main base in San Salvador.

Felipe Atkins, assigned regional director of Norsk Folkehjelp in Latin America stopped by to visit the Comandos since “Ayuda Popular Noruega” has assisted CDS with various projects since the early 80s and is one of the primary supporters of the CDS mission.

Felipe Atkins and assistant Nestor Napal, met with members of the CDS governing board to discuss the mission, projects, and future growth of Comandos.  Both expressed interest in workshops developed over the last decade by the CDS Gender team whose focus is to augment support and equality for all CDS first responders and volunteers regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.  Another focus discussed was the empowerment of women comandos throughout the institution.

Comandos de Salvamento has on average 10 female first responders on the SAR and Extrication team who have proven themselves to be an essential part of these teams to support male, female, geriatric and children patients. They also have shown themselves able to manage the Jaws of Life and other extrication equipment in order to extricate victims of MVAs.

Felipe Atkins reports that Norsk Folkehjelp will continue to support the values, mission, and rescue teams of Comandos de Salvamento well into the future and CDS is thankful for this essential component to help the people of El Salvador.

Nestor Nepal asks questions of Efraim Solis during Norsk Folkehjelp’s visit to the main base.

Comandos at the Atiquizaya Festival

Comandos de Salvamento  was present at the celebrate a good life festival in Atiquizaya, Ahuachapán this last weekend. Free Health consults were offered to the public. EMS responders were on hand to triage with primary care providers when patients needed higher level of care. Comandos also supported the geriatric population so they could ambulate easier on wheelchairs to get access to care.

Salvadoran Artists proud of their work.
Free orthodontic work offered during the festivities.
Free medicine for all.
Long term veteran comando Yesenia managing te pharmacy.
Dra. Margarita de Orellana supporting the public.
More than 50 primary care providers volunteered their time for consults.
Nurses assist.

Pediatric health support is offered at the festival.

The Badulak Family: A Heart of Gold for El Salvador

El amor al necesitado, el querer ayudar al prójimo, demostrar que existen muchas personas de gran corazón para nuestros compatriotas es algo muy importante para la familia Badulak, así lo señalan el Dr. Andrew y Stephanie, una pareja de estadounidenses residentes en Pensilvania, Estados Unidos y que desde hace 15 años han viajado a El Salvador.

Doctors Andrew and Stephanie Badulak have been offering their services to the people of El Salvador over the last 15 years.  They have sought donations from their own communities to help the most needy while Comandos hosted and mediated their medical expertise. Their children, Alexander and Julia always accompanied when possible after they founded Doctors of the Americas and were able to unite medical students and optometrists for their cause.

Stephanie Badulak, has stated that they will continue to help as long as the need continues.

“Hemos enseñado a nuestros hijos que el ayudar a los necesitados es algo muy importe, dar amor, es algo que hemos demostrado a ellos, creo que no hay mejor regalo que ellos continúen con esta gran obra que tenemos con los Comandos de Salvamento”, afirma Stephanie mientras su esposo el Dr. Badulak afirma que está enamorado de las pupusas.

“we have taught our children to help those in most need, to give unconditional love while alongside the Comandos de Salvamento while my spouse Dr. Badulak will continue to love las pupusas.

Alexander Badulak first came to El Salvador while young and now returns as a physician.
Robert McCaw handing out donated clothing in San Carlos Lempa.
Julia Badulak McCaw.
Robert and Julia McCaw.
Doctors of the Americas in San Juan Tepezontes, Departamento de La Paz.

Dr. Andrew Badulak chief of missions.
Dr. Andrew Badulak thanks comandos de salvamento for an accomplished mission 2017.
Doctores de las Américas in el Cantón El Escobal de San Luis La Herradura.
Stephanie Badulak at Cantón El Escobal de San Luis La Herradura.
Familia Badulak.

Doctors of the Americas train Salvadoran Doctors

Doctores de las Américas held a conference for Advanced Life Support and care for providers of FOSALUD, the Salvadoran National EMS system, and for Doctors and first responders of Comandos de Salvamento.  Classes included the use of advanced equipment such as a portable scanner that can detect internal bleeding.

Scanning for hemorrhaging in a patient.

Dr. Peter LoFaso explains artificial breathing.

Dr. Andrew Badulak leader of Doctors of the Americas leads the opening of the conference.

Doctors of the Americas Long Standing Mission to El Salvador

Dr. Andrew Badulak,chief leader of Doctors of the Americas.

Love for their fellow man is the main reason Doctors of the Americas exists. They exchange sadness for a wonderful smile via medication or clothing donations.

For the last 15 years, Comandos de Salvamento have hosted Doctors of the Americas for health brigades that include ophthalmology and general health consults for the poor of El Salvador.

Young Medical students join this group in the United States, and some stay on as permanent volunteers throughout their professional career. Jóvenes médicos que se unen a esta organización en los Estados Unidos y que ocupan sus vacaciones para poder llegar al país y realizar dichas jornadas, sin importar la distancia ni las incomodidades con las que se cuenta para poder realizar su trabajo, ellos siempre están dispuestos a servir. Dr. Usaima Sidiqi, spouse of Andrew, accompanied him this year.

Said doctors from the USA also do small surgeries, and give out toys to needy children that are waiting for other family members that are having consults.

Dr. Farhan Shah doing a small surgery in  San Carlos Lempa, during the health brigade in collaboration with Comandos.

Julia Badulak returns to El Salvador after 9 years with spouse Robert McCaw.
Dra. Usaima Sidiqi with her fracture, takes a rest in San Carlos Lempa.

Another small surgery in San Miguel Tepezontes.