Response team sent to Puerto Rico after hurricanes returns to San Diego

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Six members of the DMAT San Diego CA-4 team returned to San Diego Friday from service in Puerto Rico in response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The 6 team members left San Diego starting their response on Sept. 26.  They were involved in numerous and varied  missions in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, including providing medical care in shelters; providing Emergency Room decompression missions in tent clinics outside stricken hospitals, and performing outreach in more remote areas in the interior of the country to identify and treat patients who have not been able to get medical care in their local areas.

Additional  DMAT CA-4 member are currently in Puerto Rico, and others are scheduled for departure over the weekend. 

DMAT San Diego CA-4 is one of about 50 Disaster Medical Assistance Teams in the country.  It deploys as part of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) which is in the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. 

So far in Puerto Rico and the USVI , HHS personnel from all  NDMS teams to date have provided medical care for more than 3,000 patients in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.   

DMAT San Diego CA-4 was founded in 1991 and has responded to over 18 federally declared disasters and Special Security Events. 

Its members come from many of the health care institutions in San Diego County and have had exceptional experiences in serving our nation, bringing their experiences to bear in supporting emergency preparedness,  planning and response in San Diego County.

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