Global Service Abroad

IGH’s Inaugural Trip to Ethiopia

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Preliminary Visit Goals

Multi-department Needs Assessment Procedure:
  • Interview nurses and doctors in multiple departments such as OR, ICU, Neurology, Oncology, Pediatrics and ER
Biomedical Engineering Department Collaboration
  • Evaluation of Broken Equipment: Missing Parts Inventory, Infusion Pumps, Patient Monitors, Centrifuges, Suction Pumps
  • Exchange of Knowledge: Teach a technology that enables technicians and students to develop instrumentation

Highlight of Needs Assessment

  • Missing Components: Donated equipment often lacks necessary accessories and user/service manuals (Ex. Patient Monitors)
  • Expensive Parts: Limited resources to replace expensive parts resulting in accumulation of unused medical equipment (Ex. Surgical Lamp Bulbs)
  • Limited Equipment Calibration: Equipment may not be calibrated often enough to allow for safe use (Ex. Anesthesia)
  • Inadequate Access to Information: Poor access to internet produces significant barriers to medical equipment information (Ex. Manuals)
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  • Potential Future Projects:
  • Work with ISO-ICP and Biomedical Department at Saint Paul’s to develop
    •Sustainable, Low Cost LED Surgical Lamp
    •Portable Pulse Oximeter Kits
    •Patient Monitors with Arduino
  • Joint Engineering Design Classes with NU and Saint Paul’s
  • Adapt a low-cost suction machine designed by NU EWH for Saint Paul’s