11 maternities from Romania received 14 state-of-the-art equipment for premature babies
The third edition of the campaign "Chance for life, chance for new memories" met its goal: 14 latest generation equipments for premature children were donated to 11 maternity hospitals in Romania.
The equipment, which did not exist in the maternity hospitals in Romania before the start of the campaign, allows the high frequency ventilation of the premature ones that develop pulmonary complications, increasing their survival rate.
"Chance for life, chance for new memories" took place from September 1 to November 30, 2010. The campaign aimed at increasing the number of children saved early and had two components:
educational - informing the public about the prevention of premature births and the methods of adequate care of the premature;
investment - equipping with 14 ventilation systems with high oscillation frequency of 11 maternities.
The website www.sansalaviata.ro was the communication platform of the campaign and provided information about the premature births and the possibilities of preventing them, about the complications that premature babies can develop, as well as tips for caring for these children.
The 11 maternities included in the program treat a large number of premature children and cover the whole territory of Romania: Bucharest (Cantacuzino, Giulesti, Municipal, Polizu - 2 equipments), Cluj (Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics 1 and 2), Iasi - 2 equipments , Oradea, Sibiu, Timisoara and Targu-Mures.
7 children already saved due to new devices
"Since the campaign, some centers have already saved 7 children and we are confident that during the next months the donated devices will prove useful for all beneficiary neonatology sections. The value of the 14 equipments is RON 1,300,000," Olivia said Ciubotariu, External Relations Specialist at Procter & Gamble.
In Romania, every year, over 20,000 babies born prematurely and newborns with low birth weight are registered. Its prematurity and complications are responsible for more than half of the neonatal deaths, representing one of the main causes of neonatal mortality in our country. C
the most common cause of mortality due to prematurity is respiratory distress syndrome (RDS). This requires the use of an artificial ventilation system. One of the most advanced ventilation systems is the high frequency that helps prematurely born children survive and, in addition, reduces the psycho-motor disabilities associated with prematurity.
High-frequency ventilation uses respiratory frequencies that exceed the normal respiratory frequency and is aimed especially at prematurities born before 32 weeks. In 2009, in Romania there were 2,576 children who had a gestational age of less than 32 weeks (1% of the total number of live births). High frequency ventilation helps reduce complications and increases survival rate. At this moment, no maternity ward in the country has such equipment.
"The donation of these 14 high-frequency ventilators is very important for the premature infants in the 11 centers. The mothers who received these fans provide medical assistance to children with the youngest gestational ages, who are a worldwide unknown. adaptations to extra uterine life, the biggest problem they have is the respiratory one.The devices work and have the role of saving, mainly, the lives of children with respiratory distress, but also of other children who develop complications.
The Neonatology Association of Romania has developed a common portfolio that will be applied in all maternities that have benefited from these high performance equipment, in order to track the evolution of children. A series of common parameters will be monitored, which will be interpreted over 6 months. We expect a positive impact as a result of using these devices. For neonatology in Romania they represent a step towards the equipment standards in the West, where high frequency ventilation has started to be used since the mid-1990s, "said Prof. Univ. Dr. Silivia Stoicescu, President of the Neonatology Association from Romania.