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Thursday, April 06, 2006 

April, 5 - 10:14 AM

Demand overwhelms Robert Reid children’s hospital

Santo Domingo.- Every day, the Robert Reid Cabral children’s hospital receives an average of 1,000 patients for medical consultations and emergency treatments, of which 30 are admitted mainly for problems related to infections, pneumonia, gastric as well as other chronic illnesses.

Such high demand frequently overwhelms the hospital’s capability, forcing the administration to establish new strategies both in assistance as in longevity of internments.

These actions, as well as the establishment of an evaluating committee that audits each death that occurs in the center, has also lead to a considerable decline in the mortality rate.

The hospital treats the most complicated cases from across the different regions of the country, especially from the South, the East and the metropolitan area.

Given the limited availability of beds at a total of 350, a strategy to reduce days per bed has allows to decrease the average of occupancy from 15 to eight days.

The center is subsidized by the State with 3.6 million pesos, and donated funds, but resources are insufficient, since approximately six million pesos to adequately operate the h.pital are required.

The hospital requires additional staff, such as nurses, cleaning and concierge workers, and also needs refurbishing of its maintenance structure for equipment and physical infrastructure

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