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Bacardi Wins Corporate Blood Drive 2017 Competition


14 June 2017: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) and the Ministry of Health and Seniors today announce that Bacardi is the winner of the Corporate Blood Drive 2016/17.  This is the fourth Corporate Blood Drive that has taken place, and this annual competition between local companies had the highest ever number of competitors. Bacardi has been awarded the revolving trophy and a certificate to thank them for their commitment to saving lives and caring for those with therapeutic transfusion needs, such as sickle cell and cancer patients.

There were 423 blood donations as a result of the competition – 384 whole blood donations and 39 apherisis donations.  Of these, 79 were from Bacardi who contributed 18.7% of all donations of the competition.  New blood donor numbers rose by 195 in 2016, compared to 52 in 2015, in large part thanks to people signing up as part of this competition.

This year there were nineteen contestants: Appleby, Ariel Re, Argus, Artex, Bacardi, Bermuda Government Department of Corrections, Bermuda Government Department of Accountant General,  Bermuda Police Service, BF&M, Butterfield & Vallis, Estera, FIL Limited, Gosling, HSBC, Kitson Group of Companies, Marsh IAS Management Services (Bermuda) Ltd., Lancashire, the Royal Bermuda Regiment and XL Catlin.

Minister of Health and Seniors, The Hon. Jeanne Atherden JP, MP, comments: “It has been a very active competition this year and I would first like to congratulate Bacardi on a well-earned win.  They contributed nearly a fifth of all the donations, which is amazing. And thank you to all nineteen companies who participated.  You have contributed to an increased number of blood donors in Bermuda.  Your support of employees donating during work time and promoting the competition to them, and their families and friends has made a big difference this year. ”

Dr Clyde Wilson, BHB Chief of Pathology, comments: “Congratulations to Bacardi and thank you to all our competitors – the competition this year has been terrific as you can see from the impact it has had on increased donors and donations.  Bacardi fought hard, with internal promotions and six blood drives to encourage their staff, friends and families to donate. The 195 new blood donors helped bolster numbers, as other donors retired or moved away from Bermuda.  Total donors went up from 968 to 1095. So thank you for supporting this competition.  I can think of no better return on investment than more people in Bermuda donating blood and saving lives.

Dr Eyitayo Fakunle, Consultant Haematologist, comments: “Even with the new donors this year, we are keen to encourage more people to donate. The needs in our community are rising. The hospital has been working at capacity for much of this year and this resulted in the number of transfusions rising by 300 between 2015/16 when there were 1711 transfusions and 2016/17 when there were 2006 transfusions.  The need for blood transfusions goes up as people age and our community is getting older so we expect the numbers to keep going up.  882 or 43.8% of all transfusions were given to people over 64 in 2016. The need increases in line with age so we urge you to think of your parents and grandparents wellbeing, as well as your siblings, friends and children.  There is no greater gift you can give them than the gift of life and it couldn’t be easier for company sign up for the 2017/18 competition – just call or email the Blood Donor Centre at blood.donor@bhb.bm or 236-5067 and we’ll send you the form.”

Lisa Frias, Manager, Global Finance, Bacardi, led the Bacardi effort and comments: “We really decided to commit ourselves to the competition this year and our staff members are thrilled to have won. It has been a great team effort and we hope that we have thrown down the gauntlet for next year – we are certainly ready to win again!  Thank you to all our staff – achieving 18.3% of all donations in the competition shows how dedicated we are to this cause and it is in line with Bacardi’s value of caring.  Blood donation is incredibly important to saving lives and therapeutic treatments, and as a company we are very happy to be supporting our community in a tangible way. ”

Blood Transfusion usage by age:

Patient Ages 2014 2015 2016
<5 3 0 11
5-9 2 2 1
10-19 26 49 43
20-34 220 181 230
35-49 211 293 365
50-64 411 274 481
>64 757 753(48.5%) 882 (43.8%)


About Blood Donation

  • Bermuda uses about 35 to 45 units of blood per week (one unit is one donated pint of blood)
  • Most healthy people between 18 and 70, who weigh a minimum of 110lbs, can donate blood.
  • Globally, about 38% of donations are from people under 25. In Bermuda, only 4% of donors are under 25 years of age.
  • Globally about 6% of the population (or 45 people out every 1,000) donate. In Bermuda, less than 2% of the total population donates (about 17 out of every 1,000).
  • When you donate blood, one pint is taken which is then separated into different components.
  • Donors replenish the volume of blood donated within 24 hours and can safely donate blood once every three months.
  • To ensure a donor is healthy enough to give blood, donors are asked to fill out a questionnaire and their blood pressure and haemoglobin is checked.
  • The entire process, including pre-testing, donating and time for refreshments afterwards takes about half an hour.
  • Healthy blood is vital to us all. It has three major functions: to carry oxygen and nutrients to the body cells so they can create energy; to help defend the body against infections and injuries; and to remove waste products from the body cells.
  • The average adult contains 10 to 12 pints of blood, which contains many substances including red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma.
14 June 2017 Home Page, News

Bermuda Hospitals Board offers training on jellyfish stings

31 May 2017: A local expert in treating jellyfish stings, and in particular those of the Portuguese-Man-of-War variety, provided training to some first responders this month.

Bermuda Hospitals Board’s (BHB) Dr David Wakely trained more than 20 Marine Police officers and Royal Bermuda Regiment soldiers in the best way to treat burns and stings caused by Portuguese-Man-of-War. A  BHB Emergency Medicine and Hyperbaric and Diving Medicine physician, Dr Wakely sees many cases of jellyfish stings particularly in the spring and summer.

In readiness for the surge in water activities the Bermuda Police Service requested the training to increase the awareness of marine first aid. They invited the members of the Royal  Bermuda Regiment as well as staff from Medical House. The Medical House staff were present to learn what products the Emergency Department recommends victims use to treat their stings.

According to Dr. Wakely most victims do not have to attend the hospital for treatment. Those who know what to do can treat themselves or others who know can help victims. He also advised that hospital treatment should be considered in the case of toddlers, the elderly, those with serious medical conditions, those who have been stung over large areas of their bodies or those who have been stung in sensitive areas like the face, mouth and groin.


What to do in the case of a Portuguese Man-of-War sting

Safety first

  • Use gloves
  • Keep bystanders back
  • Identify the main sail / body parts of the animal
  • Look for trailing stinger / tentacles

Remove the tentacles

  • Remove main body of the animal from victim if still attached
  • Wash affected area with seawater, to flush away any tentacles
  • Cover area in shaving foam (stingers are now in the foam)
  • Scrape foam off with blunt spatula

Inactivate the stingers

  • Soak the area in vinegar for 5 – 10 minutes
  • Leave soaking for 5-10 minutes

Treat the pain

  • Hot packs on affected area
  • Consider putting victim in showers and running shower hot as tolerable
  • Keep hot pack / shower on area for 30 minutes
31 May 2017 Home Page, News

Bermuda Hospitals Board supports Radiation Therapy Unit with equipment upgrade

16 May 2017: On-island radiation therapy is a step closer to being a reality as Bermuda Hospitals Board announces upgrades to one of its CT scanners have been completed. Installation teams from General Electric (GE) and LAP Laser installed the equipment and software earlier this month.

BHB has partnered with Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre to support the Radiation Therapy Unit. As part of that therapy, patients have to undergo a simulation. The upgrades allow the CT scanner to be used for this service. To date, six patients have used the new CT service.

Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre funded the upgrade.

BHB Consultant Oncologist Dr Christopher Fosker’s interview on the new service – Part 1


BHB Consultant Oncologist Dr Christopher Fosker’s interview on the new service – Part 2


16 May 2017 Home Page, News

Bermudian psychiatrist produces global Prison Public Health Position Statement

Dr Seb Henagulph4 May 2017: With nearly 11 million people in prisons worldwide, how should countries treat and manage prisoners with health problems? Bermuda Hospitals Board’s  Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist Dr Seb Henagulph was called on to help the World Psychiatric Association develop a standard, which was published in February.

The Prison Public Health Position Statement is useful not only for healthcare providers working in prisons but also governments and those who have responsibility for managing prisons around the world. Dr Henagulph was one of 11 psychiatrists who contributed to the landmark document. It was issued on the 27th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from Victor Verster Prison, South Africa, where he was held for 27 years.

Dr Henagulph was asked by a colleague in the UK, Dr Andrew Forrester, to join a task force on prison health. Dr Forrester, joint chair of the task force and clinical director of the Offender Health Research Network at the University of Manchester, knew of Dr Henagulph’s experience with prisons both in Bermuda and the UK and wanted him on the team.

“It was a virtual group over the last two years, with Dr Forrester and Dr Mary Piper the joint chairs,” said Dr Henagulph. “They approached various psychiatrists with experience in working in prisons, trying to be as international as possible.”

The consultation group included psychiatrists from India, Egypt, Australia, Canada, the UK and Bermuda. The comments, discussions and the various international perspectives were collated and the position paper ratified at a consensus meeting of the World Psychiatric Association in Cape Town, South Africa, in November 2016.

The Statement begins with a quote from Mr Mandela: “Only free men can negotiate. A prisoner cannot enter into contracts.”

While the paper clearly sets out a standard which countries can adopt, Dr Henagulph pointed out that it is not mandatory.

“It’s not legally binding like a UN convention or anything similar,” he said. “It’s more a position statement which the World Psychiatric Association will use to negotiate with governments who are not meeting the standards and encourage them to improve conditions. Psychiatrists in countries with poor prison conditions can also use it to inform their governments of needed changes.

“Prisoners as a whole tend to have chaotic lives with multiple physical, mental and social health issues and can be difficult to engage in treatment in the community. It makes sense from a public health perspective to provide the highest level of care possible while they are incarcerated,” he added.

Dr Henagulph said Bermuda meets most of the standards set out in the paper but noted there is room for improvement.

“More effective rehabilitation services for prisoners and the provision of a fully independent prison healthcare service are two recommendations we could work on in Bermuda,” he said. “The World Health Organisation recommends that providers of prison healthcare should be fully independent from the justice system.”

To further assist jurisdictions that want to improve prison standards, the group also provided the Prisoner Mental & Public Healthcare Curriculum (attached).

WPA Position Statement Prison Policy

WPA Prisoner Mental Healthcare Curriculum

4 May 2017 Home Page, News