Centro de Salud, Pisac
In addition to working at CerviCusco, I’ve also been spending some time working at the Centro de Salud, in Pisac. Pisac is a small town located in the Sacred Valley, about a 40 minute drive outside of Cusco, and serves a more rural population of patients, many which only speak Quechua. The clinic is run under the Peruvian ministry of health, MINSA.
The clinic is open 24 hours, and offers a variety of services including vaccinations, outpatient consults, minor emergencies and procedures, women’s health and prenatal care, ultrasound, and non-complicated deliveries. Any major emergencies or patients who require surgical care are sent by ambulance to Cusco, usually to Hospital Antonio Lorena. This is the same clinic where we had the case of the woman who was stuck by a bull.
Patients waiting in the lobby to be seen by one of the many services offered.
Dispersed along the walls of the clinic are several brochures and posters to increase patient awareness and education regarding their health.
Triage room that is also used for minor procedures (e.g. suturing)
Women's health consultations.
The clinic also goes out the nearby rural communities and tries to register every pregnant patient. With this registry the clinic can know when to expect pregnant patient at the clinic, and if they do not show, they can send an ambulatory team to check on the patient.
A premature baby that is being resuscitated in the delivery room.
Medical staff trying to get an IV line in the premature newborn.
The premature baby was moved to a mobile incubator.
The baby being taken down the hall to the ambulance....
...and then transferred to Cusco.