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Patient’s Femur Saved from Amputation at Umloj Hospital
02 November 2017
A medical team at Umloj Hospital has saved the femur of a 36-year old patient from amputation. The patient had a traffic accident which caused him comminuted fracture of the left femur. He was brought to the emergency department and was given first aid until bleeding stopped. After due medical checkups, he was diagnosed with a 3rd-degree open compound fracture below the left femur. Immediately, he had a surgical operation during which the soft bone tissues were repaired and fractures below the left femur fixated with a dynamic hip screw (DHS). By Allah's Grace, after 48 hours of the surgery, follow-up and rehabilitation, the patient was able to stand on his feet and walk using a walker, yet avoiding loading the left leg while walking. Thank Allah, the surgery was successful and the patient health is stable.
 
It is noted that such surgeries were previously conducted at the reference hospitals in Tabuk. However, after inauguration of the new 100-bed Umloj hospital, supported with specialized medical staff, it is now possible, thank Allah, to conduct these surgeries in the hospital without the need to refer patients to Tabuk hospitals.
 
It is worth mentioning that the Ministry of Health (MOH) is currently implementing MOH's Performance Program, which aims to boost productivity, performance quality and efficiency of health services in hospitals. The program is in line with the strategic objectives of the National Transformation Program 2020 towards achieving the Saudi Vision 2030. The program covers 70 main hospitals and features over 40 indicators to measure the performance of seven key therapeutic aspects, which have positively reduced the waiting times.


 



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