We are proud to share that our new Emergency Room has opened at Lao Friends Hospital for Children! The ER will have a great impact on the lives of many children and families in Laos, treating patients who arrive with severe illnesses, often after many hours on the road. The Inpatient Department (IPD) was simultaneously expanded to 12 beds (with overflow capacity of 16 beds). LFHC will now be open 24/7, able to provide medical care to Lao children at any time, on any day.
On the first day there were 17 inpatients and we have since been consistently at capacity. The IPD has seen an increasing number of referrals from district hospitals, as well as other hospitals in the city and from other provinces. Common conditions being treated include pneumonia and bronchiolitis, typhoid, pyomyositis, severe dehydration, thalassemia, and malnutrition.