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  They stepped up to help save lives


CAP Today




May 2010

There’s no limit to the need, and diagnostics companies have come through: Chempaq, Olympus, Abbott, BD, Roche, Hemocue, Inverness, and BioImagene. Siemens too—via a medical nonprofit called Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere).

“We were asked to provide instruments that could easily be used within a field hospital setting,” says Lauren Foohey, director of global commercial marketing for Siemens’ point-of-care business unit. “We were specifically asked to look at blood gas analyzers, and we decided the RapidPoint 350 analyzer would be best because it doesn’t need refrigerated reagents.” The other plus: It’s a simple analyzer to use. “Essentially, if you’re any type of health care professional,” Foohey says, “you can take it out of the box and within a matter of minutes get it up and running.” Siemens donated 10 of the RapidPoint 350s, along with associated supplies.

The company also provided 20 Acuson P10 handheld ultrasound systems. A gift of 90,000 Multistix 10 SG urinalysis strips rounded out the donation.

—Anne Ford


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