KMG International, through Rominserv member company, will acquire and donate to Floreasca Emergency Hospital – emergency and ICU unit, an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation device (ECMO). The equipment will be utilized to provide cardiac and respiratory support to patients hospitalized in the intensive care unit, as well as during their transportation by SMURD teams.
“In the context of the recent event which took place on Petromidia platform, when we lost a colegue, while three other ones went under medical supervision, we understand the needs of the public health system and we belived that is our duty to contribute to the system’s development, in order to save as many lives as possible. This initiative represents a logistical and functional addition to Floreasca Emergency Hospital, for treatment of the patients with severe illnesses hospitalized in the intensive care unit”, Azamat Zhangulov, senior vice president KMG International, stated.
The extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a procedure utilized in intensive care units, to provide support in cases of heart or lung failure. ECMO is utilized when the patient’s organism can’t provide an adequate amount of gas exchange to sustain life and recovery, as well as during difficult heart and lung surgeries.
At the country level, there are only several ECMO devices in the health system, the price of a single device amounting to around EUR 55,000. The device donated by Rompetrol is the first of its kind in the national health system, being used in emergency transportation of patients.
KMG International Group invested USD 8 million in community development projects in the country over the past years, with an overall 300,000 beneficiaries. The investments in the health sector, one of the strategic directions of the Group, targeted rehabilitation of units and endowment with medical devices of more than 60 hospitals in the country. In 2013, Marie Curie Hospital received funds to implement – for the first time in Romania – the ECMO technique (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) for the neonatal patients who suffered severe respiratory and cardiac disease and were not responding to standard reanimation methods.
Also, KMG International acquired and donated to the National Institute of Blood Transfusion two plasma freezers, which are in accordance with the current required European standards, as well as medical equipment for laboratories.