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MENDing The Gap: A Resourceful Solution for Medical Equipment Management Disparity

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Developing countries rely heavily on donated medical equipment from high income countries, which often challenges their limited resources, just to provide necessary and common medical attention. A team from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center confirmed this situation during a two-week intensive investigation at AIC Kijabe Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya, who experience an average of over 10,000 reported issues each year, often leaving equipment to sit unused. Currently there is a gap in the communication network of maintenance and management systems at resource-limited facilities, like AIC Kijabe Hospital, hindering the monitoring and timely repair of medical equipment to help sustain good medical care. Our goal is to create a more comprehensive and organized record of equipment services, thereby improving communication and responsiveness. The Medical Equipment Network Documentation System (MENDS) provides a simple communication network for equipment servicing from failure to restoration using text messaging.
subject
Developing Countries
Documentation
Health Resources
Maintenance
contributor
Gordon, Rayonna (author)
Brown, Philip J (committee chair)
Anthony, Evelyn Y (committee member)
date
2020-08-28T08:35:31Z (accessioned)
2021-08-27T08:30:13Z (available)
2020 (issued)
degree
Biomedical Engineering (discipline)
embargo
2021-08-27 (terms)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/96958 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
MENDing The Gap: A Resourceful Solution for Medical Equipment Management Disparity
type
Thesis

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