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Release: Jan. 14, 2003
UI Hospitals and Clinics, Parkersburg Rotary Club to donate equipment
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Department of Anesthesia and the
Rotary Club of Parkersburg are working together to donate outdated anesthesia
equipment to rural hospitals in two developing nations.
The first shipment of five anesthesia machines will be sent to Honduras
Jan. 24. The equipment will be loaded onto a ship in Biloxi, Miss., for the
voyage to the northern coast of the Central American nation. Their final destination
is a hospital established by missionaries in the jungle.
The second shipment of anesthesia machines is scheduled for shipment to
hospitals in the Andhra-Pradesh region of India later this year.
"This anesthesia equipment has reached the end of its useful life and
can no longer be used in the U.S. or other nations with advanced health care
systems," explained Joseph Lucero, M.D., an assistant professor in the
UI Department of Anesthesia. "However, there is a real need for this
technology in developing nations, and we are pleased that these medical devices
will continue to help meet the needs of seriously ill patients."
Parkersburg Rotary Club members are raising funds to pay the costs of shipping
and maintenance of the anesthesia equipment in Honduras and India. Plans are
underway for a special community event later this spring.
"When our members learned of the tremendous need for this life-saving
technology in these areas of the world, all of us of became deeply committed
to doing what we could to help," said Kevin Truax, a member of the Parkersburg
Rotary Club. "It is really heart-warming to see the dedication of so
many people to this cause."
The anesthesia equipment is used in surgical cases that require patients
to receive general anesthesia. The equipment cost $47,000 per machine when
it was purchased 15 years ago. Now that the technology has reached the end
of its expected life, the machines have no market value and are no longer
approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration. If the equipment were
not donated to health care centers in developing nations, the only alternative
would be to dispose of the equipment.
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