More Than 6,000 Patients Seen At The Field Hospital In Chile
By Dialogo April 08, 2010Functioning since March 6, after the strong earthquake in Chile, the Brazilian Navy field hospital reached the mark of 6,224 patient visits this week, including 4,291 adults and 1,933 children. Hospital personnel have performed 4,066 procedures, 452 laboratory exams, 792 medical imaging exams (X-rays and ultrasound), and 156 patient transfers. On March 25th, for instance, 560 patients were seen, surpassing the expected daily number of patients, proving there is still a high demand for the field hospital. Also on March 25th, the field hospital was visited by a Brazilian Defense Ministry committee, made up of Army Lt. Gen. José Elito Carvalho Siqueira and Air Force Maj. Gen. Odil Martuchelli Ferreira. Also present were representatives from the Chilean Ministry of Health and the Felix Bulnes Hospital, which was affected by the recent earthquake in February 2010. During the visit, the work carried out by the different components of the Humanitarian Aid Operational Group and by the Chilean health professionals who form the field hospital’s clinical staff was presented.