Poor quality of emergency care in DR.

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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.......:disappoin
 

dv8

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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.
 

SantiagoDR

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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.

HB
 

nyc dad

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

dv8

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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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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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As far as I know,my mother told me that the doctor already told my uncle that his days in the P.N.
are finished.And yes,the second day he was been given antibiotics,go figure :eek:gre:.I could just see how he was probably picked up,thrown on a pick up truck,without applying and keeping traction to the femur.......




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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I would assume so,but if he's having trouble with his health insurance.....who knows.At least he's alive you know,he has three children,oldest is 12.
 

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Sorry to hear this. Try contacting an orthopedic surgeon in a private hospital/clinic and have him arrange a transfer to his facility ASAP. Worry about the money later. It's a shame that his treatment hasn't been better. Thank your Uncle for his service and send him all my best, one brother to another.
 

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nycdad, have someone get in touch with Dr. Alfredo Guerrero Krantz, Ortop?dico & Traumat?logo, in Santo Domingo.

A friend of mine who lives in SD [with a medical background from NYC] swears he's fabulous.
 

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Very, very sad to hear about this. If you need a referral to a compassionate orthopod in the public system, I can call in a favor...

Be careful out there. The last thing you want here is to test the emergency services. This unfortunate situation underscores that.
 

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a lesson to all of us here: HEALTH INSURANCE. it is a must, really.
and a word of warning: theoretically insurance covers emergencies 100% (up to a certain amount, that may be very small). but what happens is that insurance companies look to getting away from paying ("you had this accident intentionally, you!") and the hospitals look for charging you as much as possible (see the 200.000 pesos in this case).
even in the emergency one pays for EVERYTHING: gasa and bandages, each and every medicine, syringes, catheters, IVs, you name it. and, as can be seen here: sometimes one has to wait. so beware. if NOT an emergency do not use this clause, go directly to the specialist.
 

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Gracias

I just spoke to my mother,she said they doctor's are saying he shouldn't be moved at all,so I guess that takes the transfer out of the equation.Thanks for your service as well.




Sorry to hear this. Try contacting an orthopedic surgeon in a private hospital/clinic and have him arrange a transfer to his facility ASAP. Worry about the money later. It's a shame that his treatment hasn't been better. Thank your Uncle for his service and send him all my best, one brother to another.
 

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Thanks cobra,AlterEgo,but according to my mother,its a military hospital,so they only allow their own in,but she's still gonna call to be sure.Thanks all for your compassionate thoughts.I'm not saying that my uncle was a stand up member of the P.N. but believe it or not,there is actually good cops in the DR,that are honest and are everyday on the grind,putting their lives in danger for others,for a diminutive salary.When you drive by and see one of those guy in the moto,while you sleeping,that guy is working,while you have weekends and holidays off,he's working,but most of all,that guy,might be one of the few good ones left in DR,so don't look at all of them with same eye please.It's hard not to with the latest array of news.




Very, very sad to hear about this. If you need a referral to a compassionate orthopod in the public system, I can call in a favor...

Be careful out there. The last thing you want here is to test the emergency services. This unfortunate situation underscores that.