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    Default Poor quality of emergency care in DR.

    Approximately 12 days ago,my uncle was 20 minutes away from getting off his shift,the night shift,this particular day.He was summoned to go pick up and transport a prisoner to another location.He's a policia nacional teniente in his 20th something year of service.Usually he patrols around in a sub,but that day it was out of service,so they gave him and his subordinate one of those dirt bike looking moto.On San Isidro autopista,they decided to return to the precinct because the bike didn't have a working headlight.Picked up another moto,now back on San Isidro,a young man,pulls out of a Cabana,they hit head on.The subordinate got a lil scrapped off,but my uncle suffered a femur fracture and a compound fracture to one of his ankle(bone protuding out of the skin ).He was taking to Dario contreras,where they had no beds,later transfer to RADIO Patrulla hospital(suppossesly just for policias) Now you would think,femur fracture=emergency medicine,civil servant=let's take care of this guy.Not in Santo Domingo.Two days go by,no surgery.My mother speaks directly to the surgeon long distance from here.Surgeon states,that they have a Major with fractured skull that arrived prior to my uncle,and he's still waiting.More days go by.Now they claim,that they have to find specials insert screws before they perform surgery.After that,they have to wait,until the skin on his ankle heals some more before they operate on the femur.Today,they said that they can't perform the surgery because he's anemic,so now he needs a blood transfusion. The kid's father offered to pay for everything in retur for his boy not going to jail,so obviously money is not a problem,what gives?

    Now,you would think,the institution(national police)would pay for everything.The insurance that he gets thru his job,is giving him the run around.We shouldn't compare but,had this been in NY,this is how it would have happenned.He would have been in an ambulance with emts and paramedic in 7 minutes,hospital would have been notified of a incoming patient and extent of injury.His mother would've been picked up by a state trooper and brought to the hospital and the police commish,would have showed his face at least for a few minutes.Maybe one day.......

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    if he has a normal insurance he can go to a private hospital. hell, he can go even without the insurance if someone else is picking up the bill. expect about 2000 dollars, maybe more.

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    You mention "Officer Down" in the States and everyone goes on high alert.

    That really is a shame about your uncle, really unbelievable.
    I hope he gets the attention he needs.

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    And you want to know why they are on the take so easily???

    Jesus! This is a really sad case!!

    Sorry to have to read this...

    Best of luck to him and the family.

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    2000 USD? no papi,the first day they were billing him for 200,000 pesos,for what? I don't know.

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    Gracias Luis




    Quote Originally Posted by Hillbilly View Post
    And you want to know why they are on the take so easily???

    Jesus! This is a really sad case!!

    Sorry to have to read this...

    Best of luck to him and the family.

    HB

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    I was wondering if he would have went to ...let's say,Clinica Abreu,had the outcome been different.

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    2000 dollars is just for the surgery, i mean. have him transfer to the private hospital, if possible. i hope he gets out of this ok.

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    Thanks much


    Quote Originally Posted by dv8 View Post
    2000 dollars is just for the surgery, i mean. have him transfer to the private hospital, if possible. i hope he gets out of this ok.

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    That's not good, if they left his ankle unattended for days then there is a high chance infection gets into the bone, and once that happens it's goodbye leg. This is really sad, for someone with so many years under his belt he deserves better. I really hope through all this waiting he is being dosed with antibiotics, hell they could have fixed this in a couple of hours anywhere else. they normally open a femur break straight up to check for internal bleeding, I expect they know what they are doing but sounds like this guys future is being diced with.
    i hope it comes good, and in time or his working days could be over.

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