Schneider 5776 Stats
Schneider Children’s concluded 5776 following a year of productivity and new beginnings, and prepares for the new Jewish Year of 5777 with hope and future aspirations.
Over 53,500 children from all over the country were treated in the ER, the largest in the country
196,000 visits were registered in the outpatient clinics and institutes
31 organ transplantations
44 bone marrow transplantations
Among the liver lobe recipients was a 9-month-old infant who suffered from a severe disease. She received a liver lobe from her aunt, and recovered well.
A rare “domino” transplant took place when a 17-year-old suffering from Cystic Fibrosis needed a lung transplant. In order to reduce the possibility of the graft’s rejection by his body, doctors decided to conduct a dual heart and lung transplant even though he had a healthy heart. When news was received of donor organs, the heart and lungs were transplanted in his body, while his healthy heart was given to a 13-year-old girl to save her life.
Saving lives and unifying hearts – children from neighboring countries in the Middle East were sent to Schneider Children’s this year to undergo life-saving operations: a 5-year-old from Syria who suffered from a congenital heart defect that caused deoxygenated blood to flow to body tissues; and a 9-month-old infant from Turkey who required repair for cardiac dysfunction following only a partially successful operation he had undergone at birth. The child was admitted in critical condition to the intensive care unit. He was diagnosed with another rare defect in his upper respiratory passages that led to a severe life-threatening infection in his neck and chest cavity. He received complex multidisciplinary care including ventilation, and treatment of a virulent and resistant infection. When his condition stabilized, he underwent complex cardiac surgery during which a valve in his heart was replaced with an artificial valve. Following his recovery, he returned home to Turkey.
Children scheduled for surgery attended a new pre-surgical tour of the operating room together with an anesthetist and nurse. The tours begin in the waiting room where explanations are given about the process. After donning surgical scrubs, both parents and child proceed to the operating room where they learn about the various machines and equipment. The child is introduced to the oxygen mask and selects which one he would like together with the aroma he prefers. An explanation is also provided about the sedation process where his parents can accompany their child into the operating room and are again present in the recovery room when he awakens from the anesthesia.
In thinking outside the box, hospitalized children now receive “Breakfast in a Box” every morning. Instead of the traditional hospital tray, the colorful and aesthetic box serves as an enjoyable source of games for children while containing a nutritious meal with all the major food groups.
In another intriguing case, doctors at Schneider Children’s were surprised to discover a heart-shaped plastic foreign body in a one-year-old infant’s esophagus. The child arrived at the ER choking, and having difficulty swallowing and breathing. Due to his distress and the danger posed to his life, he was transferred to the operating room where the “heart” was extracted by forceps in a delicate endoscopic procedure. The infant recovered well after further observation in the Surgery Department.
For the first time in its 25-year history, Schneider Children’s successfully completed a drill to receive mass casualties due to a toxic attack. The drill was conducted in the event of such an emergency as described by the Home Command and the Ministry of Health’s Emergency Division. Staff from all departments participated in the drill including medical and paramedical teams, security and sanitation personnel and administrative staff.
Prestigious accreditation accorded to hospitals worldwide for quality and medical safety by JCI (Joint Commission International) was awarded to Schneider Children's for the second consecutive time. The endorsement recognizes that all activities are conducted safely and in coordination, according to regulations and the latest scientific knowledge available today in the field. The overall mark achieved by the hospital was 98.78%, with a complete score without any comments for standards, patient safety, and quality of care and research, which are all pillars of the hospital.