In touring hospitals in Santo Domingo, the effects of the disaster in Haiti are apparent. Elective surgeries have been canceled, the attention of intensivists has been diverted to the care of patients coming in from Haiti. Details of the impact on the Dominican citizens and hospital staff has been underappreciated; but it is apparent that everyone has been affected and all are doing the best during a time that is taxing the healthcare system to the fullest.

Haitian quake victims line the halls of a Dominican hospital.

The SCCM team has met with organizations that are coordinating relief efforts across the border and exploring additional opportunities to expand the care of seriously ill patients and augment critical care resources across the island.  Although the numbers of acute trauma patients has been decreasing, a second wave of patients with complicated wound infections and need for surgical revisions is creating a sustained demand for a higher level of care while the competing healthcare needs of the Dominican population continue.