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The Per Patient Operational Cost Hurdle: A Barrier to Access


18 February 2023

9 min Read

Navigating through the challenges of critical care in developing countries

As acute respiratory failure threatens lives, mechanical ventilation proves to be a lifeline. But unfortunately, in many underdeveloped nations, obtaining this crucial medical support remains a distant dream. The reasons range from the steep price tag of the equipment to the scarcity of proper infrastructure and trained professionals. In this blog, we'll venture into the realm of developing countries such as India and shed light on the persistent hindrances to accessing critical care. By delving into the situation, we aspire to unearth innovative ways of making this life-saving technology available to all.

The Cost Hurdle: A Barrier to Access

In developing nations, the high one time and operational costs of critical care equipment like ventilators, patient monitors and IV pumps present a significant barrier, rendering it an unaffordable necessity for most healthcare centres. Hospitals in these countries often find it challenging to provide treatment and therapies based on these equipment. The result is a widening gap in access to life-saving care for those who desperately need it.

The COVID-19 crisis has only magnified this issue, as the demand for ventilators skyrocketed, driving prices even higher. Unfortunately, even after the pandemic has passed, the market has not seen a price decline. This serves as a harsh reminder of the ongoing inequalities in healthcare, where access to life-saving treatment should be a fundamental right.

Lack of Infrastructure: A Major Obstacle

In developing countries, the lack of necessary infrastructure limits accesses to critical care. Essential resources, such as electricity, water, and compressed medical gas, are often unavailable, making it challenging to operate ventilators properly. However, the Noccarc V310+ ICU Ventilator offers a solution through its turbine-based technology, eliminating the need for compressed medical air and a battery backup of up to 8 hours. Despite these advances, healthcare facilities in low-resource settings often need help storing and maintaining the equipment, which can result in equipment failure during critical moments. These challenges emphasize the importance of prioritizing the development of robust healthcare infrastructure in these countries to provide access to life-saving interventions.

Lack of Medical Infrastructure: A Major Obstacle

The Importance of Training: A Key Opportunity

Mechanical ventilation is a crucial healthcare aspect requiring specialized training and expertise. Unfortunately, these skills are often in short supply in many developing countries due to the need for more training programs and resources. At Noccarc, we understand the importance of proper training for healthcare professionals and patients to ensure adequate care. That's why we offer same-day online training to all users of our medical devices, providing the necessary education and resources to provide safe and effective care.

A Brighter Future: Opportunities for Change

The challenges of critical care in developing countries are numerous, yet they also present a wealth of growth prospects. By developing cost-effective, compact ventilators suitable for resource-limited settings and incorporating telemedicine and remote monitoring systems, access to critical care can be significantly improved. Noccarc is poised to launch the highly advanced Noccarc V730i, equipped with remote monitoring and tele-ICU capabilities.

Furthermore, joint efforts between healthcare organizations, governments and the private sector are crucial in increasing this vital intervention's availability by offering healthcare providers resources and training programs.

Final Notes

At Noccarc, we understand the difficulties in ensuring access to critical care in developing countries. Despite the high cost of the machines and the limited infrastructure and training, we are determined to tackle these barriers head-on. By leveraging innovative solutions and fostering partnerships, we are dedicated to enhancing healthcare infrastructure and providing all patients with the life-saving benefits of ventilation. The future may be uncertain, but our unwavering commitment and creative approach will bring us closer to realizing a world where access to this crucial intervention is guaranteed for all.

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