The director, Dr Gordana Gašović and physicians and staff were very thankful to all the SAMA donors. Please take a look of the report emitted on Telemark Čačak TV.
One of the most common disorders affecting newborns is hyperbilirubinemia (an elevated bilirubin level in the blood). This is particularly a problem for premature babies whose brain tissue is more sensitive to the toxic effects of elevated bilirubin in the blood and are more at risk for developing brain damage and hearing loss. The standard procedure for the patient is to have a bilirubin level measured on average 3 times per day for 3 days. Currently, the hospital is able to measure bilirubin levels from blood obtained via venous or capillary puncture, which is quite painful for the child and can lead to fear, stress and sleep disorders. Also, this method exposes the children to a risk of infection. Annually, about 1,650 laboratory tests of bilirubin level are performed, which inflates hospital costs. The use of a transcutaneous bilirubinometer could easily improve the outcome associated with the diagnosis and treatment of these children. Not only is this instrument less abrasive to children, but it would also represent a cost savings of $1,200 per year for the hospital. The estimated cost of the instrument is $6,000.
Without exaggeration, we can say that the hospital in Pančevo has the worst internal medicine department we have seen so far in Serbia.
The estimated cost for reconstruction of the medical floors: $100,000+. The estimated cost to furnish the supply material: $30,000+. The latest we have heard, is that the city of Pančevo has come up with a solution, and that work may start soon (link). To be followed…