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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Oral Rehydration Therapy

In 1994 The Economist featured Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT). The conclusion of their report was that the barriers to ORT are not medical or scientific, but social. "How can we get more people to use it" says Team Rubicon's Dr. Eduardo Dolhun in Haiti, a Mayo Clinic educated and trained physician.

In 2006 Time Magazine Europe featured ORT. More children under the age of 5 die from dehydration than the combined total of AIDS, malaria and TB, every year. Nearly 2 million children a year die from an easily preventable disease. Time Magazine's question: why aren't we using more of it?

In 1978 The Lancet, one of the worlds most prestigious medical journals, declared "The understanding of the physiology behind Oral Rehydration Therapy to be possibly the most important medical advance of the 20th century."

Within days of learning of ORT you have a Fireman from Milwaukee who is able to assess and properly diagnose dehydration and provide state of the art treatment, which is as good, if not better, in situations, of mild to moderate dehydration.

Had this Dominican rescue worker pre-treated with oral rehydration solution this could have been easily prevented. "The transformation of this dehydrated woman in such a short time was remarkable." says Firefighter Craig Parello, who administered an ORT solution to a Jesuit Relief Service volunteer.

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