Governor impressed with HSA technology

| 02/09/2019
HSA Dialysis Nurse Manager Erlin McLeod discusses her unit with Governor Roper, as HSA CEO Lizzette Yearwood and Minister Dwayne Seymour look on

(CNS Local Life): The average life expectancy of dialysis patients in the Cayman Islands is higher than patients in the United States. The crude mortality rate of dialysis patients in Cayman last year was 9% compared to 16% of patients in the US and the average life span of Cayman’s dialysis patients is about eight years compared to the six years of US patients.

The Health Services Authority (HSA) credits this positive outcome not only to the care and attention of the dialysis unit team, but also to developments in technology, including the offering of continuous renal replacement treatment (CRRT) which allows those who are critically ill to continue receiving dialysis.

Patient care technology within the HSA to improve diagnosis, treatment, intervention and patient outcomes includes a 3D mammography machine, rated among the best in the world. The state-of-the-art machine allows doctors to detect cancer in the early stages, and was made available to patients in Cayman through collaboration with the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.

On a tour of the Cayman Islands Hospital last week Governor Martyn Roper was introduced to the breadth of services and advancements in technology and said he was impressed.

“Investing in equipment and services to provide better clinical diagnosis and patient outcomes is crucial in the fight against killer diseases. I am impressed with the progress that has been made, the dedication of the staff I met and HSA’s plans for the future,” he said.

Governor Roper was accompanied on the tour by Health Minister Dwayne Seymour, HSA CEO Lizzette Yearwood, board members and senior managers. As he visited various areas within the hospital he interacted with both staff and patients.

The governor also learned from board members about the future relocation of certain services to Smith Road in 2020, expansion of existing services and addition of new ones. 


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