Australian-made ventilation hood sent to the Torres Strait for special medical protection

Healthcare workers in the remote Torres Strait Islands will soon receive an Australian-made ventilation hood to protect staff from COVID-19, a disease caused by the CCP virus, during a near outbreak in Papua New Guinea (PNG) ..

After vaccination was suspended in the area, the first of the three ventilatory care centers was sent to a remote hospital in the Torres Strait.

This hospital is the referral point for 17 primary health care centers in the Torres Strait Islands.

The islands of the Torres Strait are home to many indigenous Australians who are classified as the most vulnerable to the health effects of the virus.

John Hall, president of the Australian Rural Medical Association, said additional protection was needed in the light of a recent cluster of medical staff at Princess Alexandra Hospital in southeastern Queensland.

Hall said Medihood “protects not only the medical professionals who treat COVID patients, but also the wider community.”

Given the number of vulnerable communities and their proximity to PNG, vaccination in the northern region was a priority. But last week, the deployment was suspended in response to a change in AstraZeneca’s jab advice.

“Recommending Pfizer vaccines under the age of 50 over AstraZeneca affects areas like us, where most of the population base is under the age of 50,” Torres and Cape said. Executive Director Medical Services Tony Brown said on April 9.

“We will continue to roll out the COVID-19 vaccination program throughout the region and plan a second vaccination for communities such as Saibai, Boyg and Dauan who have already received the first vaccination. , Continue to provide information to the community. “

Medihoods’ clear plastic cover fits over the head and torso of a suspicious COVID patient and acts as a physical barrier between the patient and the healthcare professional. The pump then draws air from inside the hood into a hospital-grade air filter.

“Given the potential for the coronavirus to spread from PNG to Thursday Island, McMonty Medihoods will be an important tool in protecting medical professionals and other patients at Thursday Island Hospital,” said the Royal Queensland. Dr. Dan Khaliday, President of the Medical Association, said.

Medihoods made in Australia were funded by the RDAQ Foundation and the Rural Doctors Association of Australia.

The hood was designed and developed by the engineering team at the University of Melbourne, led by Professor Jason Monty (Director of Mechanical Engineering), in collaboration with Associate Professor Forbes McGain, an intensive care expert at Western Health (Melbourne).

Australian local medical associations say hood clinical trials in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Western Health’s Futzley and Sunshine hospitals (hospitals where more than 60 COVID ICU patients are being treated) are promising I did.

The hood is manufactured in Australia by Medihood, a spin-off company of the Evan Evans manufacturing group, which helps ensure supply safety if COVID-19 impacts international supply lines in the future.

“At Medihood, we believe it is extremely important to insure the Australian people from a shortage of healthcare products by manufacturing locally,” said manufacturer spokesman Daniel Letman. Told to.

“This benefit goes far beyond accessibility and has a positive impact on our international reputation as a world leader in local work, economy and healthcare.

“We are proud to impact the world as a local brand, especially in developing countries, by being able to export products that truly make a difference and save lives,” he said.

Ventilation was announced when Queensland recorded its first COVID-related death this year. An 80-year-old man who traveled from the Philippines to Australia via PNG died in a hospital in Brisbane.

He is the seventh COVID-related death in Queensland, said Chief Health Officer Janet Young.