Tall list of medical supplies needed to keep flood/fire victims alive

The list of medical supplies and equipment urgently needed to enhance the recovery of last week’s fire victims is endless.

About 50 people are fighting for their lives in various hospitals in the capital after suffering burns from an explosion at a petrol station.

Official figures put the death toll from the twin floods and fire disaster on June 3, 2015 at 152.

Hours of torrential rains sunk large parts of Ghana’s capital. The Kwame Nkrumah Circle became the epicenter of the disaster.

An oil spillage in the flood waters caused fire and an explosion at the Goil Filling station near the GCB bank at Circle.

The fire consumed more than a hundred people – some of them burnt beyond recognition.

Those who survived the fire are currently receiving treatment primarily at the 37 Military, Korle-Bu Teaching and Police Hospitals.

But hospital authorities urgently need medical supplies and the list is a very tall one.

At the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, a new national reconstructive plastic surgery and burns centre which would have fast-tracked the treatment of the victims still has some key equipment not yet installed.

Items such as laundry machines, hydraulic bath trolley, shower head, blood gas analyzer, blood bank fridge, oxygen plant/source, special trolleys for transporting patients to the intensive care unit, ICU consumables, 3-way-tap, oxygen face mask, diathermy machine, extra stool in the theatre and a lift for the new building are lacking.

As a result of this, the victims at the KorlBu Teaching hospital are being attended to in a regular ward which doctors admit would delay their recovery.

But that is not the only problem, many other equipment and medical supplies are badly needed and authorities are hoping public-spirited organisations and individuals will donate generously towards the acquisition of these items.

It is hoped that companies and past students’ associations will undertake to sponsor the various equipment.

LIST 1: – ITEMS FOR TREATMENT OF PATIENTS WITH BURNS 13 PATIENTS

A. DRESSING ITEMS

  1. Gauze Roll 1
  2. Cotton wool roll 4
  3. Crepe bandage 6 inches lOpieces
  4. Silver Sulphadiazine 500mg x 2
  5. Liquid Paraffin oil 200mls
  6. Disposable gloves lbox
  7. Normal saline llitre
  8. Zinc oxide plaster 6inches x 1
  9. Vaseline Gauze 30x10cm a pack of 10

B. Dressings per patient per week

  1. Gauze Roll 3
  2. Cotton wool roll 12
  3. Crepe bandage 6 inches 30pieces
  4. Silver Sulphadiazine 500mg x 6
  5. Liquid Paraffin oil 600mls
  6. Disposable gloves 3box
  7. Normal saline 31itre
  8. Zinc oxide plaster 6inches x 3
  9. Vaseline Gauze 30x10cm 3packs

Dressings per patient per month

  1. Gauze Roll 3×4 = 12 rolls
  2. Cotton wool roll 12 x 4 = 48 rolls
  3. Crepe bandage 6 inches 30pieces x 4 = 120
  4. Silver Sulphadiazine 500mg x 6 x 4 = 500mg x 24
  5. Liquid Paraffin oil 600mls x 4 =2.41itres
  6. Disposable gloves 3box x 4 = 12boxes
  7. Normal saline 31itre x 4 = 121itres
  8. Zinc oxide plaster 6inches x 3 x 4 = 6inches x 12
  9. Vaseline Gauze 30x10cm 12packs
  10. Dressings for 13Patients for a month.
    1. Vaseline Gauze 30x10cm 156packs
    2. Zinc oxide plaster 6inches x 3 x 4 = 6inches x 156
    3. Normal saline 31itre x 4 = 1561itres
    4. Disposable gloves 3box x 4 = 160boxes
    5. Liquid Paraffin oil 600mls x 4 =321itres
    6. Silver Sulphadiazine 500mg x 6 x 4 = 500mg x 312
    7. Crepe bandage 6 inches 30pieces x 4 = 1560 pieces
    8. Cotton wool roll 12×4 = 624 rolls
    9. Gauze Roll 3 x 4 = 156 rolls

    D. DRUGS

    1. ,Gefuroxime 750mg x t.d.s x 7days
    2. f Metronidazole 500mg x t.d.s. x7days
    3. IV Fluids 61itres daily for 5days
    4. IV Omeprazole 20mg b.d. for lOdays

    5. Paracetamol suppositories lgm 6hourly for 14days

    1. IV Morphine lOmg 6hourly for 7days
    2. IV Meronem lgm 8hrly for 3days for one patient in Korle-Bu
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