Occipital Laceration

Col. San Juda

At 945pm CDS was dispatched to Colonia San Juda where 26yo Jose Angel Ayala was offered first aid due to a fall that resulted in a laceration on the occipital part of his cranium. He was securely transported to the small surgery clinic at our main base in San Salvador. He was attended to by clinic worker and surgeon Rosa Galvez. Rosa utilized a Blue Monofilament Polypropylene suture with a 2-0 size needle to place 6 stitches. The patient presented ebriated so no Lidocaine was used. Video soon via another entry in the future. Photo: Mark Hoffman


Tomayate River Rescue

fotografia/el diario de hoy

This morning, 29 yo Ever Antonio Perez Martinez was rescued after falling from a height of 30 meters to the banks of the Tomayate river. CDS rescuer Ricardo Leiva reports that the patient was lucky since a giant garbage pile near the river broke his fall resulting in a few scrapes and bruises. Inhabitants that live where the incident happened, in the small community of Regalito de Dios, old highway to Apopa and Quezaltepeque report that the incident happened possibly around 7pm on Saturday Jan 1 2011, but it was not until later in the morning, when they heard screams for help. At that time, they called CDS who dispatched the SAR group that rescued Ever at 7am Sunday Jan 2 2011. Foto: El Diario de Hoy


1 Rock 5 Stitches

Sutura Base Central

At 8am Friday December 31st 2010, the walk in small surgery clinic of the main base attended to 32yo Jose Stanley Galvez who presented with a small contusion and clean laceration of his left eyelid. He states he and his friend were in the “HulaHula” area of downtown at 1am when there was a “misunderstanding” with another group of peers that assaulted him with a rock. Clinic worker Dora de Lovo provided care to Jose who states he is grateful he did not lose his eye during the altercation.  

After applying 70cc of Lidocaine, Dora used a Synature brand size 6-0 monofilament polypropylene (0.7 metric) to make five stitches. CDS wishes Stanely a quick recovery and educated him to be careful while walking downtown at night. Photos: Mark Hoffman 

Sutura Base Central 2010
Sutura Base Central 2010


Edgar Jhonny Ramos Stable

Jhonny y Alcides

EMS brigade leader of Comandos de Salvamento Edgar Jhonny was hospitalized last week in the Soyapango Amatepeq hospital due to acute symptoms of possible appendicitis. He was released today in stable condition and will be under weekly observation to determine if surgery is necesarry. Comandos from the Central Base transported Jhonny with his wife Natalie, and son Robin from the hospital to their home in San Bartolo. Comandos de Salvamento Central wishes Jhonny a swift recovery. Photo: Mark Hoffman


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