One of the vital, but often overlooked areas, in developing world healthcare is that of sterilisation. Sterilisation of surgical instruments and other items is commonly recognised in the developing world as a major challenge. This directly affects patient care, due to
Using our experience we came up with a solution… the EcoClave™ which can be used in areas where there is no or unreliable electricity. This autoclave uses wood very effectively and is the revolutionary answer to this problem. Complete sterilisation cycles are guaranteed in environments where there is no electricity or its supply is erratic. Its unique design means it uses the fuel and heat very efficiently, so that the sterilising temperature in the autoclave is rapidly reached (approximately 20 minutes first cycle, 8 minutes, second) and is easily maintained throughout its duration. Its large capacity means full general surgical sets can be sterilised.
The below pdf “The EcoClave™” explores in more detail the area of sterilisation in low resource environments and also contains some interesting data from a questionnaire Tim Beacon gave out when running a Primary Trauma Care Programme in Uganda. The bottom line is virtually none of the institutions present were sterilising their equipment to a satisfactory and safe standard. This has major implications with regards to patient infection rates. In our experience and in discussion with others It is a common picture globally. The EcoClave™ provides a solution whilst also acting as a conduit to enhance good and safe practise.
I am pleased to report that the equipment arrived safely in Mwanza… I can confirm that all the large items were present …All the instrument sets were in order… The quality of the surgical instruments is superb. As promised, you included an enormous number of extras, the largest of which was a multifunction patient monitor. There are two ambulance emergency kits, a large range of anaesthetic equipment and vast supplies of surgical disposables. There are surgical scrubs and white gowns as well. Thank you for your efficiency and generosity. The people of rural Tanzania will most definitely benefit.
One of the easy we can make budgets go a long way is the sensible use of equipment no longer required in the west. This recycling is very effective. Please do contact us for further details if you think you have equipment of any sort that may help.