This past June, a PIVOT physician used a recently donated EZ-IO insertion device kit to save the life of child. In order to treat more patients and potentially save more lives, we need to obtain a supply of EZ-IO needles.
When a 2-month-old arrived unconscious and severely dehydrated at the door of our District Hospital's Emergency Room, PIVOT's lead hospital clinician Dr. Tahiry and his team established that the patient was most likely suffering from meningitis and in urgent need of antibiotics. Several unsuccessful attempts to insert an IV led Dr. Tahiry to utilize the EZ-IO insertion device kit that recently had been donated by Dr. S.V. Mahadevan, an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Stanford Emergency Medicine International.
After 10 days in the hospital with a steady stream of antibiotics and breast milk, the baby awoke and was discharged, content and healthy.
The EZ-IO needle is an intraosseous catheter that, especially in cases of extreme dehydration, provides an alternative for emergently administering fluids and medicines to patients whose vascular system is difficult to access intravenously.
This piece of equipment is essential, but just one pediatric needle – the same kind that saved this child’s life – sells for nearly $200. PIVOT frequently sees patients in situations as dire as that of the baby in this story, but without the proper equipment available for treatment, it is sometimes impossible to help them conquer an illness.
Ifanadiana District hospital would ideally have access to use 3 of these needles per month. Our goal is to raise enough funds to stock the CHRD with EZ-IO needles for the next 6 months. Please consider making an “EZ” donation that could save a life today!