Category Archives: Mental Health

Supporting those in need with MH stressors.

Motor Vehicle Accident in El Bosque Neighborhood

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Comandos de Salvamento were dispatched to a scene where a microbus ran into a car along the Cuscatancingo Ave. and East 15th St. in the Colonia El Bosque in San Miguelito. The route 38E Micro with plates MB 2-860 and car with plates  P- 50-733 were stabilized as EMS workers attended to the injured 51yo  Juana Avelar de Abrego, 18yo Jaime Stanley Abrego, 32yo Leidy Piedad Aquino, 7 month old  Angie Verónica Avelar, 4yo Valeria María Lopez Grande, 33yo  Denys Humbrerto Lopez Mercado, 33 yo Yassenia Nohemi Cabrera, and 22yo Nuria Abrego. Two of the patients were transported to the Social Security hospital, the children to Bloom Hospital and the rest were triaged to our small surgery clinic at the Base Central of CDS for basic wound care and psychological support.

Suicide Attempt

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CDS was dispatched July 7th at 1130pm to attend a 23yo male who presented with suicidal ideation and attempted to end his life. CDS offered family and friends psychological support while his wounds were dressed and stabilized. The patient was transported immediately to the nearest ER facility.

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Children’s Museum Staff Visits Bajo Lempa

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The Tin Marin Childrens Museum located in Cuscatlan Park in San Salvador decided to send some staff members accompanied by Comandos de Salvamento to entertain children affected by flooding in Bajo Lempa. The entertainment took place in the shelter of San Juan del Gozo. Piñata breaking and face painting took place after 400 small toys were given out. CDS supports such endeavors since it addresses the mental health needs of those that have lost homes and belongings to natural disaster flooding. Salvadorans are one of the most resilient people in the world, and usually bounce right back to normal life fairly quickly. These events augment this process of recovery. Comandos Medical Brigades plan on doing visits over the next few days to prevent possible epidemics and mitigate negative physical and mental health symptoms as a result of the disaster. Foto: Carlos Fuentes

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Christmas Day Crisis

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Christmas Day at 2pm at the central base of Comandos, a pickup carrying a family in crisis arrived after being escorted by the National Civilian Police. Family members state that Emma del Trancito Moreno had attempted suicide by cutting her left wrist. The patient presented acutely depressed and actively stated she wanted her life to end. With family collaboration, the patient was transported to the Rosales Hospital emergency room after applying a first aid compress on her wrist to stabilize circulation. Photos: Mark Hoffman

Walk in Clinic: Consults and Suturing

Many of our patients are not only served through EMS/SAR yet also through medical consultations, and basic suturing/first aid in our Emergency Walk in clinic in San Salvador.  This helps bigger congested Emergency Rooms in San Salvador attend to critical patients during national holidays such as Holy Week.  Comandos de Salvamento Doctor Margarita Menjivar de Orellana presents a portrait of this work at the walk in clinic, Central Base this last weekend.

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Pictured here is Doctor Gomez from the pharmeceutical labs MK (Maquensson) realizing one of these bone measures on the wrist with a patient. In order to offer preventive health care to men over 40 and woman over 35, of who all seem to be lovers of coffee and soda, and do not like lactate products, every three months we offer consults to educate and measure bone density (the amount of calcium present).  This helps prevent Osteoporosis, because once one has it, it can cause bone fractures from just walking, laying down, or even turning over in bed. It is an illness that does not always present with pain in the majority of cases.

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This young patient of 24 years of age, mother of three children, aledged to use drugs, has tried to commit suicide for the second time.  She was attended to in the small surgery room of the walk in clinic at Base Central with first aid and psychosocial support.

Long time experienced veteran Comando medic Rosa Maria Galvez is suturing the injury after cleaning the site, and assuring integrity of the arteries and veins.

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Fotos: Dra. Margarita

 

Mountain Recovery: Red Cross Collaboration

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EMS Recovery crews from CDS and Salvadoran Red Cross recover the body of a female that committed suicide by jumping off the face of Puerta de Diablo, south of San Salvador. Recovery efforts took a long time due to the 30 meter height of the precipice.

Redacción Diario Co Latino report Translation by Marco Forty year old Delhi Mabel de Montes took her own life this Thursday when she jumped off the highest cliff of the Devil’s door at Los Planes de Renderos. According to preliminary reports from search and recovery teams, the woman was a nurse at the psychiatric hospital and is from Tonacatepeque. Circumstances that led to the suicide remain unknown.  The National Civilian Police are investigating a motive. However, it is known that the sixteen year old daughter of Delmi was disappeared and this circumstance made her very depressed. EMS crews have informed that before jumping off the ledge, she had called friends at work to inform them of her decision to take her own life. This Friday, recovery teams from the Red Cross, Comandos de Salvamento and the PNC worked since 10 am to recover the cadaver that was in a difficult zone to access.

Disaster Mental Health

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On November 20 2009, AGARESO interviewed Executive Director Roberto Cruz about the mental health symptoms of the population of Guadalupe and Verapaz after mudslides decimated many homes and businesses.  He speaks of two suicides as a result of the disaster  The original blog entry on AGARESO website here. The interview is only in Spanish.  In a few days, the CDS press department will present documentary photos of the disaster the day after it happened in Guadalupe and Verapaz. The photographs were taken by a resident of Guadalupe named Josue Ricardo Dimas.

 

Photo Credit: Chus Álvarez

Drugs and Alcohol

The transport of intoxicated patients is a common duty that CDS does to offer support to patients and families.  Family members and friends of these types of patients should accompany their loved ones to the psychiatric hospital with CDS.  On many occasions, patients can turn violent due to drugs and alcohol consumed and it helps to have family members and friends there to assist EMS staff.

Ayudando los Alcoholicos

Foto 1- Comando “Peatón” transport a “Dormilón” who was victim of “dormilonas” that robbed him while he was passed out and ebriated.

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Photo 2- Comandos assist a patient who attempted suicide by cutting his wrists after various days of drinking alcohol.

Photos:  Francisco Campos