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New infusion pump introduced in Catholic health facilities

BY: Kwadwo Baffoe Donkor
Jan Hennings Austnes demonstrating the use of the pump
Jan Hennings Austnes demonstrating the use of the pump

The Executive Secretary of Health for the Kumasi Archdiocese of the Catholic Church, Mr Christian Sappor, has commended Becton Dickson (BD), for its innovation in bringing relief to patients through the introduction of cutting edge technology into health delivery.

He said the new infusion pump being promoted by the company would go a long way to bring relief to patients and also save health workers from exposure to some of the drugs they administer to patients.

According to him, it would be good if Ghana adopted some of these technologies as part of the measures to improve healthcare delivery in the country.

Mr Sappor was speaking at the presentation by BD for health workers from the Catholic health facilities in the Kumasi Archdiocese on its new infusion pump in the country.

BD is a global medical technology company that is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care.

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The International Clinical Director of BD, Mr Jan Hennings Austnes, said the new technology was much safer as it could be programmed to limit the allowable dosage that could be administered to patients.

He said the new technology presented both the care giver and the patient with the safest way of providing and accessing health care.

“We see a lot of medication errors and part of the solution is through administration through IV infusion pumps that can be programmed with standardised drug protocols with safety limits.

“Forty percent of mistakes are actually in the administration of drugs, only two percent are intercepted. That is why it is important to use technology to improve safety,” he said.

The Global IT Connectivity, Integration and Interoperability Manager of Medication Management System of BD, Mr Daniel Morkla, said the company was in a discussion with the Ministry of Health for the adoption of the technology for the administration IV infusion in hospitals in the country.

He said the company has already met with the ministry and the response was very positive.

According to him, the company decided to meet with the health workers of the Catholic Church because the church played an integral part in health care delivery in the country.

He said the Church could also adopt the technology on its own to improve on health care delivery for its patients and to bring comfort to their clientele.