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Procurement of a video laryngoscope for the premature intensive care (PIC) unit at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Semmelweis University in Üllői Street

2019.08.08

Owner of good cause: Melletted a helyem Egyesület
Amount of donations: 2 566 000 HUF



Why is it important to have access to a laryngoscope at premature intensive care units?
This device can help make the vocal cords and the glottis visible, it helps with the safe administration of the surfactant needed for adequate breathing, and if necessary, ventilation can also be provided through a tube with its use. There are more than 4,000 babies born at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Semmelweis University in Üllői Street every year. More than 500 of these babies “visit” the premature intensive care unit for a shorter or longer period. Some are term babies, who are mature newborns with minor respiratory problems, but mostly they are children born before the 37th gestation week who need special care and treatment. The shorter time a baby spends in the uterus, the less developed the lungs are, and the more likely it is that respiratory support or ventilation is needed. Premature babies born with a birth weight lower than 1,500 grams (around 120 babies annually at this unit) frequently need a so called surfactant, which is an indispensable substance needed for the proper functioning of the lungs. For ventilation and the administration of the surfactant it is necessary to make the glottis visible with the help of a laryngoscope. A traditional laryngoscope is also suitable for this, but the video laryngoscope makes the process easier and safer, while it also enables the training of doctors having less experience with this procedure. 

The video laryngoscope makes the ventilation of several hundred premature babies easier and safer every year and it also facilitates the training of doctors having less experience with this procedure.



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Total amount of donations for the Good Cause:

2 566 000 HUF




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