Originally Posted by sammi jo
Heres something that makes little sense:
Within 3 days after the quake on January 12, the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) had a comprehensive fully-equipped and staffed field hospital set up with the latest medical technology. They had to fly all the required personnel and hardware from half way around the world, at considerable expense. Is that efficiency
or what? In contrast, the medical response effort from the US, despite being far closer at hand (ie just across the Caribbean), is painfully slow; the US Navy hospital ship is still on the way to Haiti and it will probably take a few more days to become operational.
There are 50,000 US citizens in Haiti (presumably there are many injuries (and fatalities)... yet the Jewish population in Haiti numbered less than 50
in 2007. Even though there's an obvious effort on the part of both nations to be seen to be a part of (or leading) what is being touted in the media as a "humanitarian response", what is with the enormous disparity in effort and efficiency, especially as, apart from the great PR scoop (and the tiny Jewish population there), the IDF has zero interest in Haiti... unless there are other factors that we are not aware of?
IDF Field Hospital: Air transportable. Arrived Jan 15
10 tons of medical equipment, 40 doctors, 24 nurses, medics, paramedics, x-ray equipment and personnel, a pharmacy, an emergency room, two surgery rooms, an incubation ward, a children’s ward and a maternity ward. Requires local power and resupply more often.
USNS Comfort: On Station TODAY (Jan 20) and has been treating patients (flown in) since YESTERDAY. NOT tomorrow or a few more days.
600 medical staff, 1,000 beds, 60 intensive care beds, expanded to 80, Between eight and 11 operating room beds, four X-rays, one CAT scan unit, an MRI unit,
a dental suite, a pharmacy, an optometry and lens laboratory. Carries an immense amount of its own supplies including 5,000 units of blood. Has it's own power.
225 additional medical personnel will join them over the next few days.
USS Carl Vinson: On Station Jan 15
52 doctors, nurses and medical staff including general surgeon. 19 helos, huge ass bays for triage, pharmacy and 3 operating rooms.
USS Bataan: On Station Jan 19
four operating rooms, 14 ICU beds, and 38 ward beds.
The USAF had 48 folks in Haiti within 24 hours.
A 58 medical team and an 10 bed EMEDS (hospital in a box) was deployed Jan 17. Once there it got married to a 25 member team to bring it up to 25 bed capability. About the same capabilities and sustainability as the IDF field hospital (limited, needs power, water and security).
That's totally ignoring the American Red Cross ERUs and field hospitals deployed in Haiti and Army deployed assets (because I don't have that specific info handy).
Now the Vinson was underutilized for days because of ground SNAFUS but yes there WAS a HUGE disparity: the amount of medical staff from the US military dwarfs that of the Israel and is sustainable because they have their own power and water generation and a lot more than 10 tons of supplies.
But hey, what do facts matter? The IDF did well to get there fast but there were Chinese teams on the ground quickly as well. So were we and in far larger numbers than anyone else because we ARE close.