Medical Equipment for Puerto Rico

In Projects by Brother's Brother Foundation

Background: In the three weeks since the previous proposal, BBF has received further requests for medical equipment. CHOSEN, BBF’s supplier for medical equipment, offered several of their items on sale. BBF asked our five medical system partners in Puerto Rico if they have a need for any of the equipment. Four have responded affirmatively. The inventory on sale is all new, and includes the following: surgical lights, birthing tables, medical carts, and anesthesia machines. CHOSEN’s sale is related to Memorial Day and as such may not be available for very long. Additionally, BBF has received a separate request from San Juan Municipal Hospital for two autoclaves. The autoclave prices quoted below are from DRE. Rationale: All four medical system responses were very enthusiastic, and the majority of the requests explained a specific need and gave exact quantities. The surgical lights and anesthesia machines are equipment that BBF does not typically offer, and so represent a unique opportunity to help hospital systems rebuild. All hospitals – and especially San Carlos – were hit hard by the hurricane, suffering large amounts of physical damage. The autoclave was specifically mentioned as a need for San Juan, and the specifications given by the model from DRE fit San Juan’s request. The current ones at their hospital have surpassed their lifespan, no longer work, and there are no pieces on the market to repair them. BBF still has Puerto Rico humanitarian funding available, and this project would address an important gap in medical infrastructure throughout Puerto Rico. Geographically, all four quadrants of the island are being covered by the hospitals, which are respectively located in the south, northwest, northeast, and southeast. Cost: Costs below don’t reflect shipping and transport, which would add approximately $6,000-$8,000 per container.
Background: In the three weeks since the previous proposal, BBF has received further requests for medical equipment. CHOSEN, BBF’s supplier for medical equipment, offered several of their items on sale. BBF asked our five medical system partners in Puerto Rico if they have a need for any of the equipment. Four have responded affirmatively. The inventory on sale is all new, and includes the following: surgical lights, birthing tables, medical carts, and anesthesia machines. CHOSEN’s sale is related to Memorial Day and as such may not be available for very long. Additionally, BBF has received a separate request from San Juan Municipal Hospital for two autoclaves. The autoclave prices quoted below are from DRE. Rationale: All four medical system responses were very enthusiastic, and the majority of the requests explained a specific need and gave exact quantities. The surgical lights and anesthesia machines are equipment that BBF does not typically offer, and so represent a unique opportunity to help hospital systems rebuild. All hospitals – and especially San Carlos – were hit hard by the hurricane, suffering large amounts of physical damage. The autoclave was specifically mentioned as a need for San Juan, and the specifications given by the model from DRE fit San Juan’s request. The current ones at their hospital have surpassed their lifespan, no longer work, and there are no pieces on the market to repair them. BBF still has Puerto Rico humanitarian funding available, and this project would address an important gap in medical infrastructure throughout Puerto Rico. Geographically, all four quadrants of the island are being covered by the hospitals, which are respectively located in the south, northwest, northeast, and southeast. Cost: Costs below don’t reflect shipping and transport, which would add approximately $6,000-$8,000 per container.

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