More UM Nurses Heading to Haiti to Help Meet Patients' Growing Demand for Expert Medical Care

February 1, 2010

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Three weeks after much of Haiti was devastated by a 7.0-magnitide earthquake, physicians and other health care workers from the Miller School continue to brave the odds to care for thousands of the quake's victims. To meet the ever-changing demand for specific categories of medical personnel, 15 nurses will head to Haiti tonight and 20 more are scheduled to fly to the ravaged country tomorrow.

The nurses are badly needed to help staff the University of Miami hospital that opened in Port-au-Prince just 10 days after the massive Jan. 12 quake left the capital city without a functioning medical institution. The 240-bed hospital, which was officially dedicated on Saturday, is a four-tent compound at the edge of the Port-au-Prince airport. With four operating rooms, dialysis and X-ray machines, telemedicine capabilities and sleeping accommodations, it has become a beacon of life for the country's critically injured residents.

Still, dozens of the most severe cases needed more advanced care and were flown to Miami – flights that government officials halted last week but resumed today, according to the White House. UM physicians in Haiti expressed relief, citing several patients who have been treated in Haiti but now need care in a traditional medical environment.

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