"Once they're flooded, you have to gut the building, take out all the sheet rock just in case they can save the building and rebuild. If not the mold takes over immediately," Fontenot says. "They were seeing patients in the parking lot who needed services until they could move into another site. They are putting their patients first over trying to get the clinic set up, but they still need supplies."
Specifically, Fontenot says, the clinics need:
- 8, 23, 25 gauge needles
- 2x2 and 4x4 gauze
- Alcohol swaps
- Laceration kits
- 4.0 silk suture
- 3 cc syringes
- Sterile urine cups
Donors of supplies are asked to coordinate their efforts through Fontenot.
"Some of the suppliers can't get to the area, but some of us who are closer can get there through using the backroads," Fontenot says, "so, we are asking for any supplies or donations to come to LRHA and we will be able to deliver them."
On other fronts, Fontenot says disaster coordination between providers and the state and federal agencies has greatly improved since the Hurricane Katrina fiasco.
"There were definitely lessons learned," she says.
"We have been working hand-in-hand with the Department of Health and the Office of Rural Health as far as having a contingency plan, having health standards, and being a direct contact for those clinics that have lost everything."
"Typically, when you reset a clinic you have to go through so many certifications and requirements. But we learned from Katrina that patients need services, so the state is working with [providers] to allow the clinics to be set up in temporary locations."
John Commins is a content specialist and online news editor for HealthLeaders, a Simplify Compliance brand.