HealthySimulation.com Donates to Razom Non-Profit to Deliver Medical Supplies to Ukraine
“Emergency Response is the SOS button that is pressed in times of need.” Given the recent and ongoing unrest in Ukraine, HealthySimulation.com has sought ways to assist with victims of the crisis by providing valuable medical resources for use. The non-profit Ukrainian-American human rights organization Razom for Ukraine has been able to invest $14.4M into the country’s Emergency Response efforts since day 1 of the war. For this reason, HealthySimulation.com encourages readers to join in providing critical humanitarian war relief and recovery depending on the most urgent needs as they evolve.
Of the $14.4M Razon has contributed toward Ukraine’s Emergency Response efforts, a reported $7.5M has gone towards procuring the most requested live-saving tactical medicine, medical supplies, and hospital needs delivered to territorial defense units and hospitals across the country that are actively fighting off occupiers. HealthySimulation.com Founder/CEO Lance Baily shared that “the time to act in support of the Ukrainian people is now as countless many need immediate medical supplies, and I implore the clinical simulation community in joining us in donating to the Razom non-profit organization”.
According to the organization, Razom’s Hospitals Team has also built relationships with large nonprofit organizations and agencies that aggregate hospital supplies, global health, major disaster relief organizations, and several hospitals. The goal has been to collect in-kind donations, which together currently have an estimated value of $1.2M. Further, the first of many medical missions were successfully carried out in mid-April in partnership with MedGlobal – resulting in 40 hours of training for an estimated total of 350 Ukrainian physicians in Lviv on polytrauma surgical procedures, diagnostics, surgeries, operating portable butterfly ultrasounds (donated by MedGlobal), and educating doctors on how to prepare and act in case of chemical warfare.
Some of the physicians who have volunteered as part of this initiative did so by traveling from Newark, New Jersey, Chicago, Illinois, Nashville, Tennessee, and Paris, France. As part of their efforts on this mission, the volunteers brought with them 37 suitcases of medical supplies and 14 portable butterfly ultrasounds, estimating $700,000 in value.
While the focus remains on getting tactical medical kits (first aid) to the people who need them, Razom notes that to effectively distribute these supplies quickly, certain non-medical supplies that enable the distribution of the aid through accurate communication and navigation must also be supplied. Below is a list of supplies in need:
- Coagulation machine
- Mobile X-ray machine
- Portable ultrasound machine
- AED machines
- Laparoscopic equipment for abdominal and thoracic surgery
- WoundVac Machine + Dressings
- Orthopedic fixators + other
- Any kind of bandages or wound dressings, sterile pads
- Dressing for open wounds or ointments for the 1-2 and phase of the wound process (for example, Hartman – Zetuvit E, Peha Haft, Sorbalgon, Omnifix)
- Any sutures
- Tweezers, scalpels, hemostats, EMT shears
- Decompression needles
- Ambu bag and ventilation masks
- Nasopharyngeal Airways
- Cervical collar
- System for IV/Starter Kit
- Blood transfusion system
- Syringes 2.0, 5.0, 10.0ml
- Catheter IV 18g, 20g
- Foley catheter, 21 Fr
- Stomach tube (Gastric probe)
- Body bags
- Triple A/B ointment
- Ammonia inhalant (ampules or towelettes) (Safetec)
- Empty IFAK bags
Any donation must be confirmed with and approved by the team at [email protected]
- PPE: Gloves (examination and sterile) and gowns
- Surgery: Thoracic Drainage emergency kit
- Operation room: Operation lamps, Anesthesia-breathing apparatus, Ventilation device, Syringe perfusion (Infusomat), Extending Infusion system, (Abbott Plum A, Masterflex), Patient monitors/screens, Thoracic Drainage (Gomco, drainage aspirator), Surgical coating (3M Ioban 2 Antimicrobial Incise Drape), Surgical instruments (Scalpel size 11-15, 22-24), Endotracheal tube, Infusion racks
- Lab/diagnostic: Hematology analyzer, Biochemical analyzer, ECG electrodes
- Sterilization: Ster. equipment (dry hit, steam sterilizer, autoclave), Bactericidal Lamps
- Energy supplies: Diesel Generators
- Respiratory support: Laryngeal Tube, OPA, Guidel Pattern airway, Laryngoscope
- Immobilization: Spineboard
- First Aid: Thermal Foil
NON-MEDICAL SUPPLIES (to enable the distribution of medical supplies)
- Medical tactical backpacks to hold the medical supplies
- GPS devices for navigation
- Satellite phones for communication
- Walkie talkie radios for communication
- Drones (commercial drones with simple cameras) for safety in distributing the supplies
Note: Expired items cannot be accepted.
Razom follows a repeatable logistics process for procuring and delivering aid from abroad to warehouses in Poland and western Ukraine. Euromaidan Warszawa is a trusted organization partner in Warsaw that receives shipments procured throughout western Europe and delivers them to western Ukraine. Meest America is delivering shipments procured from the United States directly to Ukraine. All of Razom’s aid is received in western Ukraine by our partners Kryla Nadiyi, who warehouse, sort, and prepare orders of aid that then get distributed further.
A small group of engineers, in collaboration with Razom volunteers, has developed an online system to help track requests for aid in Ukraine. These requests then get cross-referenced to active hotspots and prioritized based on safe routes.
More About Razom
Razom, which means “together” in Ukrainian, believes deeply in the enormous potential of dedicated volunteers around the world united by a single goal: to unlock the potential of Ukraine. Razom works towards that mission by creating spaces where people meet, partner, and do.
Razom was born out of the Revolution of Dignity in 2014 when millions of people worked together and risked their lives to build a pathway to a better future for Ukraine. Maidan successfully cleared the path for new leadership and reforms and inspired countless citizens to get involved in the process. Soon after, in an effort to stifle and punish Ukraine’s progress, Russia invaded and annexed Crimea and began a war in Eastern Ukraine that it continues to fund and sustain today.
With such conditions, some might think the odds are stacked against Ukraine, but Razom is here to break that narrative. The organization’s mission is to help accelerate individual and collective contributions through projects that unlock Ukraine’s potential and build toward a more prosperous, democratic nation.
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Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, is the Founder & CEO of HealthySimulation.com, which he started while serving as the Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2010. Lance is also the Founder and acting Advisor to the Board of SimGHOSTS.org, the world’s only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting professionals operating healthcare simulation technologies. His new co-edited Book: “Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice” is available now. Lance’s background also includes serving as a Simulation Technology Specialist for the LA Community College District, EMS fire fighting, Hollywood movie production, rescue diving, and global travel. He lives with his wife Dr. Abigail Baily in Las Vegas, Nevada with their newborn daughter and two crazy dachshunds.