Détails ressource biomédicale locale

Détails ressource biomédicale locale
Numéro 339
Titre The Remedy Program: Recovery and Donation of Unused Surgical Supplies to Developing Countries
Rubrique Informations générales sur le don d'équipement
Auteur Steve Miller
Editeur Social Review
Résumé Disparities in worldwide health care are particularly evident when one travels to clinics in developing countries, there lack of access to proper medical supplies is often the rule. REMEDY is a program designed to recover usable medical equipment that would otherwise be discarded from United States hospitals. These materials are donated to medical facilities where they are desperately needed. REMEDY at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine has been active in collecting and distributing excess supplies since 1997. After describing the REMEDY program is general the legal and ethical issues involved in donating medical supplies will be discussed. To determine the need for REMEDY supplies abroad, a survey of desired material for clinics in South America was performed. Rural and primary care clinics typically lack basic supplies, such as gloves, needles, sutures, gauze, and catheters, while larger institutions have a need for more specialized equipment, such as ultrasound or electrocardiogram machines, and computers are needed at all levels of health care. REMEDY represents a cost-effective means for the donation of lifesaving medical equipment abroad, and a way for medical students to get involved early in international health and environmental issues.
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