Not enough ventilators in Uganda
People who die at the scene of an accident. People who wait on help for hours. Such situations are part of everyday life in Uganda. It is one of the countries with the highest number of traffic fatalities in the world. One of the reasons for this is their prehospital emergency care. First, it has too few trained personnel. Second, there is insufficient medical equipment.. Above all there is a shortage of ventilators, with the need for them being particularly driven by the Corona crisis.
A problem that Dr. Annet Alenyo, an emergency response doctor and Technical Advisor for Emergency Medical Services, knows all too well: “During the second wave we had lots of patients who needed to be ventilated. Most COVID patients could be saved with CPAP ventilation. But there are only a few ambulances and hospitals offering such ventilation. This means that some patients have to be transported from one place to another for hours on end to have a chance of CPAP therapy. And that takes time, something many patients don't have.”
Efficient, versatile ventilation with MEDUVENT Standard
Given the lengthy transport times, the most important ventilators in Uganda are those which operate independently of oxygen. This allows the emergency medical services to ventilate patients even with long transport times. Dr. Alenyo and her colleagues have been using MEDUVENT Standard for around 11 months. Turbine technology enables them to ventilate their patients without an external gas supply, so reducing the risk of a lack of oxygen. The EMS team can easily administer medical or concentrator oxygen to patients via the low-flow supply. “Ventilators from WEINMANN Emergency are a huge help to us”, says Dr. Alenyo. “Above all the ease of use and straightforward application make ventilation simple for the user.
The oxygen connection is compatible with all emergency vehicles – this benefits patients who depend on constant ventilation during transport. For example, we had a patient whose condition showed a marked improvement after being ventilated with MEDUVENT Standard”.