Dr. Lars Endruweit discovered his passion for emergency medicine as a pool lifeguard. After training to be a paramedic, he completed high school qualifications as a mature student to enable him to study medicine. He has been working as an emergency doctor for 15 years. “At some point”, he explains, “I said to myself that I’d like to carry out rescues on land, on water and in the air.” He worked on water on the “Alexander von Humboldt” and has now been with the Gießen Air Ambulance for five years.
Even after some years, the uncertainty of the situation he is like to face in an emergency is still a source of fascination to Lars Endruweit. As a result, he appreciates reliable equipment which is intuitive and easy to operate. Every second counts, and he likes the fact, he says, that the MEDUMAT Transport from WEINMANN Emergency is operational within a few seconds. With its three default settings “Emergency child”, “Emergency baby” and “Emergency adult”, the device provides immediate support. “All you have to do is press a button and the device starts running. You can make the fine adjustments once the patient has some air.”
The menu is icon-controlled and can be operated virtually intuitively; the device is clearly structured. “That’s very important,” says Dr. Endruweit, “after all, we work 90 per cent visually.” The breathing pattern, too, is displayed in an easily understood form. “It is certainly much more differentiated than when I started my career. To put it colloquially, ventilators at that time were not much more than air pumps.”
The MEDUMAT Transport can support a variety of clinical pictures. “I need different ventilation patterns depending on whether I’m dealing with an asthma patient or someone with pulmonary edema, for example. This device provides that, and it’s a really elegant solution, of course”, explains Dr. Endruweit; “the breathing patterns are adapted to suit the patient, not only in terms of rate, but also in terms of modulation. The device reacts to the patient, to the patient’s respiratory stroke - we expect that as well these days. It’s a real support.”
If he picks up an intensive care patient, it pleases him that his colleagues on the ward rate the fact that the slim MEDUMAT Transport can adopt the ventilation pattern without problems.
“There is a whole range of options, even we don’t always use them all”, he reports. It should be borne in mind that the MEDUMAT devices used by the Gießen Air Ambulance are among those most frequently used throughout the whole of Germany – Dr. Endruweit heard this from a WEINMANN service engineer.
He very much appreciates the fact that WEINMANN engineers themselves have experience of the emergency services: “It’s really, really important. The engineers on the WEINMANN Emergency service mobile know what they are talking about. They relate to the field, as we say.” Support works completely smoothly. “From both
bases where I work – both in the air ambulance and on the ground – when you call, WEINMANN immediately tries to contribute to a solution.”
“With ventilators, of course, it's important to have a sturdy device fit for function”, says Dr. Endruweit, “the WEINMANN Emergency devices have never yet let us down.”