SUPPORTING ISOLATED CASES IN EXTREME NEED AND HELPING CHILDREN IN CRITICAL CONDITIONS THROUGH THE PEDIATRIC INTENSIVE CARE UNIT IN SALVATIERRA GENERAL HOSPITAL IN LA PAZ, BCS

Logo-SpiritHopeOne of the main requirements for accreditating the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit for receiving funds from the “Seguro Popular” health coverage of the Mexican government, was the creation of a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU or UTIP for its acronym in Spanish) in Salvatierra Hospital.

The PICU is also a crutial part of the success of the pediatric heart surgery rounds. Once the medical team from Omaha leaves after the last surgery, it’s the Mexican UTIP team that does most of the post-op care.

Twice a year, the nurses from the PICU receive training at Omaha Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in order to continue to improve the post-op care of the cardiac surgical patients.

In addition to the support given to the oncology and cardiology programs, the PICU also serves all kinds of critical pediatric patients from all over the state. It is still the only unit of its kind in Baja California Sur.

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Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (UTIP)

The UTIP was born in 2015 mainly with the aim of achieving the accreditation of the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit (UHOP) of Salvatierra Hospital. However, over the years it has proved itself by filling a large void in our state, being the only unit in Baja California Sur of this type. It not only receives patients from the UHOP, and the pediatric cardiology program, but is also used for other types of conditions. As well, it’s used to treat children who have suffered from any type of accident, brought from any public or private healthcare institution in the state. The staff that works at the UTIP is in constant training to be able to offer its users first class service. LCCF supports the UTIP with funds for the acquisition of equipment and medical supplies necessary for its optimal operation.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (UCIN)

The UCIN is the area within Salvatierra Hospital that has specialized human and technological equipment for the treatment of newborns to improve their health conditions and give them the ability to go home without complications. LCCF supports the UCIN by acquiring specialized equipment and supplies for existing equipment, necessary to continue its high-quality operation.

Pediatrics – Training

This training program arises from the need to have more medical personnel trained in first aid maneuvers and care for critically ill pediatric patients, bearing in mind that the majority of medical personnel in the state do not have a pediatric specialty nor have knowledge of neonatal or pediatric resuscitation. The training will be directed throughout the year to almost 200 nurses, paramedics and doctors from all over the state and will include the Diploma Program called “Care of the Pediatric Patient in Critical Condition” for nurses in the area of Pediatrics at Salvatierra Hospital. LCCF will support with the operating expenses and purchase of material to carry out this program in different communities of BCS.

LCCF Special Cases Program

The LCCF Special Cases Fund was created to support children who are in critical condition and require significant financial support for drugs, medical tests or supplies that are not covered by other LCCF-supported programs. Not only are they supported financially with the payment of the above, but they are also given guidance and managed support with other associations or medical institutions.

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HELPING CHILDREN WITH CANCER BY SUPPORTING THE PEDIATRIC HEMATOLOGY-ONCOLOGY UNIT (UHOP FOR ITS ACRONYM IN SPANISH) IN SALVATIERRA GENERAL HOSPITAL, LA PAZ, BCS

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HELPING CHILDREN WITH CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS BY CONTRIBUTING TO BUILD A PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGY PROGRAM IN SALVATIERRA GENERAL HOSPITAL IN LA PAZ, BCS

SpiritLoveSince 2004, we had sent 25 children to receive life-saving medical care (not related to cancer) in the United States. The majority of them received heart surgeries and other therapeutic procedures for CHD at Omaha Children’s Hospital and Medical Center (OCHMC).

In 2013, the first open heart surgery in the state of Baja California Sur was performed by Dr. James Hammel, from OCHMC and his team in the ISSSTE Hospital in La Paz. Later that year, a second surgical mission was done in Salvatierra Hospital.

Since then, 9 surgical rounds have been held with the participation of the association Opening Hearts and Omaha Children’s Hospital & Medical Center and other visiting doctors of our country in collaboration with the local team of the permanent pediatric cardiology program.
In 2017, thanks to our support, the accreditation of the High Specialty Service of Congenital and Acquired Cardiovascular Surgical Disorders of the Fund against Catastrophic Expenses was achieved. This means that the permanent medical care for children with congenital heart defects in our state was accredited. One step closer for no children with a heart defect in Baja California Sur to be left behind!

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Opening Hearts

Opening Hearts operates and organizes the cardiac surgery sessions held twice a year at Salvatierra Hospital, as well as the constant training of the local Pediatric Cardiology team of said hospital. LCCF supports Opening Hearts with funds to cover operating expenses for these rounds as well as training for the local Pediatric Cardiology staff who provide permanent care to children with congenital heart defects throughout the state.

Pediatric Cardiology

The pediatric cardiology program at Salvatierra Hospital was born in 2013 with the aim of providing permanent care to the children of this state with congenital heart defects. Since 2004 the Omaha Children’s Hospital & Medical Center has been welcoming children from Baja California who needed heart surgery. But now they only come twice a year to have surgery rounds at Salvatierra Hospital, in addition to training the local team involved in the program, both in Omaha as well as La Paz. Thanks to this, today it’s possible to diagnose and treat the children of our state throughout the year. Accreditation of this program has been the goal of everyone involved. LCCF continues to support this program with materials, supplies and equipment, needed to provide quality service to the children of Baja California Sur.

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CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS

• In Mexico there is no reliable record yet of CHD, but in the U.S. 1% of all births are affected by a CHD.

• In Mexico, congenital malformations, deformities and chromosomal abnormalities, of which congenital heart defects (CHD) are the most common, are the second cause of death in children under 4 years of age.

• In Baja California Sur, CHDs are the second cause of death in children under 1 year of age.

• 25% of CHD cases will be critical and will need surgery during the first year of life.

• The average cost of treatment in a private health institution in the U.S. for each child with a CHD, is $23,000 dollars.

• Considering that in the last census of 2013, there were 12,500 births in BCS, we can estimate that we will have 100 newborns with CHD every year.

• In Europe, they perform 62 surgeries for every one million inhabitants with CHD. With the estimated population in BCS for 2015 (761,075), we can anticipate that approximately 47 babies born in 2015 will require a heart surgery at some point in their lives.

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