During recent floods in the southern Indian province of Kerala, the Kerala Flood Disaster relief team sent by Kasturba Medical College, Manipal borrowed a Sonosite M-Turbo ultrasound machine to assist in assessing and triaging flood victims.
The team arrived in Chengannur, one of the worst-afflicted areas of the flood zone, and began working at the District Hospital.
Dr. Jayaraj Balakrishnan, Professor and Head of Emergency Medicine at Kasturba Medical College, reported that the machine was used to assess roughly 570 flood victims who were treated in the District Hospital. He sent us the following correspondence.
“We sincerely appreciate the timely hard work and outreach shown by Fujifilm Sonosite India team to provide an ultrasound machine to the Kerala Flood Disaster outreach team.
“Our belief that point-of-care ultrasound is one of the most important resources in disaster medical care was reinforced once again with this mission. Thank you once again for supporting us and the people of Kerala and we appreciate company’s academic and humanitarian commitment.”
Sonosite India is proud to be equipped to provide loaner ultrasound machines to physicians who are donating their time and energy to helping those who lack access to medical care. This exemplifies our company-wide belief that the best chance a patient has at optimal health is having access to a doctor with the right answers at the right time. Ultrasound can help provide the most efficient answers for any patient, anywhere, any time.