Feb 23

Red Cross stamps medical negligence in developing countries

Negligence CasesThe 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

Hospital NegligenceThe 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.

Feb 14

Des Moines Iowa and the Red Cross

The American Red Cross consists of volunteers, employees and people who donate all working together to help those who are suffering in the US and in other countries around the world. It provides emergency help, education and help for regions that are hit by disaster. The American Red Cross not only offers support and relief to people in need they also train people with the skills in health and safety, they also contribute to supporting military families and even go further in helping to reunite long lost families.

Des Moines

News and Events 

Creating a disaster app

December of last year students came up with the idea to create an app for storing important information such as; insurance cards, proof of residency and driver licence information in case a disaster happened such as a hurricane as such information could get lost. This way people can store information on the app so that they still have access to it electronically. These students are now working along with the American Red Cross to make the app a reality. This actually takes preparing for a disaster to a new level as this is more about the service it can provide after the disaster. The Red Cross are helping the students look for funding so the app can be implemented and used so that people who are unfortunate enough to be caught up in a disaster can make a better quicker recovery with the use of the app.

Tips to stay safe as cold weather arrives

During December last year America was hit with one of the coldest months on record. The freezing temperature and ever falling snow which has covered much of the country has caused major disruption which has led to a knock on affect regarding many industries almost bringing some of the economy to a standstill. Apart from transportation being the most disrupted as many roads airport and other means of transport was either closed or cancelled, power too many regions had been affected also. The Red Cross already working in areas to help those badly affected by the weather made a list to help those not only function in such conditions but to actually survive them and bring them out the other end unharmed. These tips included how to eat your home safely avoiding at all costs heating your home with stoves and ovens as these can cause their own disasters, keep warm by adding extra clothing and blankets, how to stop pipes from freezing and seeking medical attention if you experience symptoms connected with hypothermia. You can visit the Des Moines Red Cross site here www.redcross.org/ia/des-moines

Volunteering training in Iowa

The Red Cross are offering courses from January through to March for volunteers who would like to train. Once a Volunteer Connection profile is completed applicants will then be invited to join the Red Cross to have volunteering training.

Heroes of the Heartland

Heroes of the Heartland is a competition announced in January  set up for people who would like to nominate a person who they believe have gone out of their way unselfishly to offer kindness and have an impact of the person’s life. The person nominated should have shown courage, be caring and above all deserve the award. To enter an essay of about 400 words was needed to describe why such a person should be awarded.

Poster Contest

March is the Red Cross poster contest where students form specific areas can enter a poster contest. For more info on Des Moines visit www.dmgov.org.


Feb 14

Brand New Red Cross Hospital in Haiti Offers New Doctors and Sense of Hope

It hasn’t been quite four years since the terrible news of the earthquake in Haiti, hit media channels around the globe, shocking viewers. The health care in the country went to pot, and literally crumbled the moment that the disaster struck. Now though, a few years on from the disaster and the American Red Cross have helped to leash a new hope and new life when it comes to medical facilities. They have opened up the Mireblaid University Hospital that is run by the organization, Partners in Health. The hospital was built using around 5.5 million US dollars that was of course donated by the American Red Cross. The facility is now playing host to their very first round of medical residents, helping to Shepard the countries new generation of doctors. Hospital Red Cross

There are currently fourteen residents there, 7 men and 7 women, and they help to represent what is a long awaited recovery in the country. The 2010 earthquake that struck in January, made many think that life as they knew it was over, but it is acts like this from the Red Cross that helps to restore faith in the country. The medical residents will help to ensure that Haiti’s medical needs are met. The majority of medical facilities were unfortunately, crumbled to mere rubble as the earth quake struck, so for years there have been very limited services on offer to residents. Of course, along with the destruction, many of the qualified medical personal also lost their lives, and those that did survive, had to move out of the country in order to secure a better future for themselves.

The residents at the hospital will be working with Partners In Health in order to ensure that people pursue doctorate positions in the county, and that the new generation that survived the earth quake, will be able to train and offer adequate medical facilities to all those in need of them. Training from all aspects of the medical trade is on offer, from general surgery, to internal medicine and of course pediatric training, amongst many other forms is currently offered. There is also vital education to help raise awareness about medicines in society, and of course being able to track the root cause of medical issues, correctly diagnosing and treating them. The fourteen resident doctors will be able to get the very best, from cameras that are built in to transmit surgery to help them to get advice from other doctors around the world, and of course help with consultations and the whole learning process in general.

A 28 year old doctor, Mariline Menager, talked to Partners in Health and told then that she feels very excited to be able to participate in the program and of course get such a great residency. There are 300 beds on offer there at the moment, and it is expected that there will be five hundred outpatients daily, that visit the facility. There is a state of the art delivery suite, complete with a kids ward and of course a dental clinic, and on site pharmacy to distribute medications, and a mental health clinic, amongst many other services.

It is ran completely with solar power, and is the largest hospital in the whole world that does just that! To register, patients have pay around $1.15, and after that everything is provided free of charge. This is a great story to help prove just how donations to the American Red Cross can change lives for the better, and how they have such a great impact on the day to day lives of regular people that have been struck by disaster.