The American Red Cross also known as The American National Red Cross was establish in Washington D,C by Clara Barton on the 21st May 1881 according to en.wikipedia.org Clara heard of the Red Cross in Europe and went overseas to be involved in the organisation later introducing it into America. The American Red Cross’s primary aims are to help and offer services in the case of emergencies, educate people and offer relief when disasters strikes to the American people. Wikipedia goes on to say that the American Red Cross are also dividing their attention in to five other areas including;
-Processing and distribution of blood and blood products
-Educating people on being prepared for disasters
-Health and safety training
-Services for military members and their family’s
-International relief and development programs
The American Red Cross is run by volunteers and largely operates and depends on public donations. It would not be able to survive without the generosity of the people who support it. The first meeting of the American Red Cross consisted of 15 people now it has an estimated 500,000 volunteers and 30,000 employees according to Wikipedia. All staff of the American Red Cross have helped and provided services to people affected in more than 67,000 disasters, they are key when it comes to training people with skills for the medical environment, having trained up to 12 million people not to mention the messages they delivery to military members from their families. Along with being the biggest organisation in processing and delivering blood and blood products they also help victims of war and disasters internationally.
What Is Medical Negligence?
Medical negligence is often seen as an act of a medical professional which is below the standard of care which should be met. Often in developing countries acts of negligence may occur because patients do not have access to care they urgently need or the medical professional is in adequately trained or they just do not have the correct medical equipment or medicine. In developed countries these fortunately are not the cases of medical negligence it’s more to do with mistakes and errors that have occurred but could have been avoided. If you have been a victim of medical negligence or feel that you have not received the standard of care in which you should have you can you can contact a medical negligence claim service such as MedicalNegligenceAssist.co.uk who deals with every type of medical negligence.
American Red Cross Hospitals
The American Red Cross not only help fellow Americans but offer their services to people internationally. Recently, in 2010 after the earthquake in Haiti which claimed the lives of many people leaving over 200,000 people homeless according to internationalmedicalcorps.org, the American Red Cross stepped in committing to spend $66 million to help with not only the quality of health care but improving ways to make it more accessible and decrease the numbers of medical negligence. In 2011 the American Red Cross partnered themselves with Partners in Health (PIH) to help fund and construct a main hospital in Haiti. It is a long awaited facility as people either never had access to medical treatment or the services available were not adequate to their needs creating medical neglect.The hospital was divided up in to necessary sub sections providing specialist care in areas such as; neonatal, paediatric, adult intensive care units and adult mental health. The Mirebalais University Hospital as it was named will not only provide medical services but as it is a teaching hospital it will provide a relevant medical training facility for medical professionals. The state of the art facility will override the past negligence in medicine and medics and will provide up to date and advanced training so that the needs of the people can be met. More info on the Red Cross can be found here www.ready.gov/american-red-cross.