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SCCM President Greg S. Martin, MD, MSc, FCCM, provides an update on the SCCM relief efforts in Haiti.
Intensive care unit (ICU) clinicians in the region have reported that the two hospitals near the epicenter are operational, but damaged and overwhelmed with patients. Field hospitals have been set up near the regional airport to facilitate the transport of patients to the capital city of Port-au-Prince. Two-thirds of all hospitals in Haiti are in the capital city, and we anticipate they will soon reach capacity. The initial volume of crush injuries requiring surgery is subsiding as the number of patients with rhabdomyolysis, infections from more minor wounds, sepsis, and acute decompensation of chronic illnesses increases.
SCCM’s emergency response leader in the region, Amado Alejandro Baez, MD, MPH, PhD, FCCM, is organizing two 40-bed field hospitals near the Dominican Republic boarder to assist with the overflow that is anticipated. He is also working with our other partners on the ground to coordinate fieldwork.
Posted: 8/20/2021 | 1 comments
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