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Yad Sarah Seeks to Acquire Ultrasound Machine for Frenkel Emergency Center


Just about every evening, an average of 20 pregnant women arrive at the women's unit of the Frenkel Emergency Center in Jerusalem seeking help due to abdominal pain, bleeding and other symptoms that threaten the viability of their pregnancy. To help them, medical staff must perform an ultrasound examination to diagnose potentially life-threatening conditions and make recommendations for follow up care. At present, the Frenkel Emergency Center is limited in its ability to offer this vital service to those in need.

Yad Sarah is now seeking a gifts totaling $60,270 to complete the purchase of this diagnostic equipment and facilitate care for these mothers-to-be. This will allow Yad Sarah to purchase a prenatal ultrasound machine with high-tech transducers and software that can provide vital information on maternal and fetal health. Among its many functions, it can diagnose ectopic pregnancies that threaten the life of the mother and pick up indications of fetal distress, which may require an immediate caesarean section to save the life of the baby. The machine can also be used to track gestational age, fluid levels, fetal abnormalities and multiple fetuses, and to locate the placenta, all knowledge that can help prepare for a healthy birth and protect the lives of mother and baby.

For expectant mothers in Israel, dangerous hospital conditions including overcrowding and long wait-times have made the Frenkel Emergency Center a critical resource. The Frenkel Emergency Center was established in 2017 to enable people in Jerusalem and its surroundings to access professional medical care during evening hours. The Center, which operates in cooperation with Shaare Zedek Medical Center, includes 12 examination rooms, x-rays, its own lab and more. With 47 doctors, 24 nurses, 13 internists and 13 pediatricians, it is designed to serve a population center of 1.2 million people.

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