Tuesday, 29 November 2011 13:14
Soldiers and their immediate families can look forward to first-rate medical services with the recent acquisition by the Philippine Army hospital of new modern equipment costing about P70 million, making it at par with leading hospitals in the country.
Col. Mariano Mejia, commanding officer of the Army General Hospital (AGH), said the newly-acquired equipment are 2D Echo Machine, Cautery Machine, Cast Cutter, Infusion Pump, Treadmill Machine, Oxygen Concentrator, Incubator, X-ray Film Automatic Processor, Laboratory Microscope, and Blood Chemistry Analyzer.
An echocardiogram is a test in which ultrasound is used to examine the heart. The equipment provides single-dimension images, known as M-mode echo that allows accurate measurement of the heart chambers.
Echocardiogram also offers far more sophisticated and advanced imaging. This is known as two-dimensional (2D) Echo and is capable of displaying a cross-sectional "slice" of the beating heart, including the chambers, valves and the major blood vessels that exit from the left and right ventricles.
The Cautery Machine, also known as Electrosurgery Unit (ESU) is the application of a high-frequency electric current to biological tissue as a means to cut, coagulate, desiccate, or fulgurate tissue. Its benefits include the ability to make precise cuts with limited blood loss.
Electrosurgical devices are frequently used during surgical operations, helping to prevent blood loss in hospital operating rooms or in outpatient procedures.
On the other hand, the Infusion Pump is a medical device used to deliver fluids into a patient’s body in a controlled manner. There are many different types of infusion pumps, which are used for a variety of purposes and in a variety of environments.
Infusion pumps may be capable of delivering fluids in large or small amounts, and may be used also to deliver nutrients or medications such as insulin or other hormones, antibiotics, chemotherapy drugs, and pain relievers.
The Army will also purchase additional mechanical beds, stainless bedside tables, operating room tables and operating room lights.
Acquisition of new medical facilities is a top priority of the Army which has been initiated during the time of now retired Army chief Lt. Gen. Arturo Ortiz.
“We have also completed the renovation of the basement which we transformed into a food court; improvement of the records section, kitchen mess, and supply room. We now boast of a modern food court which will offer a variety of food selection to our personnel, patients, as well as guests,” Mejia said.
The Army will also upgrade its medical facilities in its 10 infantry divisions.
“We want to erase the immediate perception of the public that our hospital, formerly known as Fort Bonifacio General Hospital, caters only to the needs of military personnel, dependents, and civilian employees assigned at Fort Bonifacio. We are not a station hospital. We provide medical services to all Army personnel from the different field units nationwide,” Mejia stressed.
AGH was established as the premier hospital of the Philippine Army that provides medical services to soldiers, their dependents and authorized civilians.
At the current AGH service capability level, it is rendering in and out patient, ancillary and admin services as licensed by the Department of Health and accredited by PhilHealth as Secondary Level 200-bed capacity hospital.
It is capable of performing diagnostic, surgical and treatment procedures to emergency cases, confined patients and ambulatory clients seeking consultative services and treatment in major clinical areas of medicine, surgery, OB-Gyne and pediatrics.
As a general hospital, it is also capable of performing specialized services of orthopedics, urology, opthalmology, ENT, physical medicine and psychiatry.
AGH also extends outreach and community services in support to international commitment and civil military operations program of the Philippine Army.
The risk that each soldier faces in the line of duty has inspired the improvements of medical facilities and upgrade of equipment, not just at the AGH but also at the different station hospitals of the Philippine Army.
Incidents like that of the tragic encounter in Basilan province last October 18 that left 19 soldiers dead and 14 wounded, serve as a motivation for the Army to continually upgrade its medical facilities for the wounded soldiers.
Private First Class Rafael Tuyco from the 46th Infantry Battalion based in Ampatuan, Maguindanao was one of the combat-casualties that has been provided with top of the line medical care at AGH.
Tuyco was a member of the team that conducted combat operations against the lawless elements responsible for the Maguindanao carnage last November 2009.
“Among the 36 members of the team, I was the only one who sustained wounds during that operation on December 2010 at Barangay Malatimon, Ampatuan, Maguindanao. I was immediately evacuated at V. Luna Medical Center and has been recuperating here at the AGH since August this year,” Tuyco said.
“I thank the Army leadership and the medical personnel who continue to provide me with the best health care,” he added.
Seven months pregnant with her first child, Private First Class Florie Ouano is one of the countless soldiers who have appreciated the services of the AGH.
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