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Prontosan® Deployed in Haiti

   

Among the many items B. Braun Medical shipped to Haiti after the recent earthquake were several cases of Prontosan® Wound Irrigation Solution and Gel, a solution used for cleaning wounds as well as moistening and lubricating absorbent wound dressings. The earthquake caused an estimated 300,000 injuries, many of them wound injuries. Read the complete story below.

B. Braun Mounts Extensive Haiti Earthquake Relief Effort

When a 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, it struck very close to home for B. Braun Medical Inc. (B. Braun), which operates a production facility about 150 miles away from Port-au-Prince in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

That proximity also enabled the company to quickly mount a relief effort and deliver water, food and medical supplies to those affected by the tragedy and the healthcare professionals treating them.

In the first hours after the earthquake struck the island, B. Braun’s Santo Domingo employees became actively involved in disaster relief efforts. Felipe Sandoval, who heads the company’s Dominican Republic operations, joined a cooperative effort involving a number of companies to purchase food, water and medicine and deliver it by truck to the earthquake zone.

B. Braun also shipped several pallets of basic IV solutions, irrigation solutions and syringes with needles under the auspices of Project HOPE. Aesculap, Inc. donated sutures through MedWish International.

Also among the many items B. Braun shipped to Haiti after the recent earthquake were several cases of Prontosan® Wound Irrigation Solution and Gel. Medical professionals used the solution for cleaning wounds as well as moistening and lubricating absorbent wound dressings as they treated some of the 300,000 victims injured by the earthquake, many of them suffering from wound injuries.

Once they reached the island, the B. Braun products found their way to the “Love a Child Relief Operation” at Fond Parisien, where the American Refugee Committee had established the first formal refugee camp on the island. Medical products donated by B. Braun were used there to assist post-surgical patients. Other B. Braun donations went to the Quisqueya Christian School Earthquake Crisis Center, where more than 100 doctors had created a medical facility to perform surgery and provide general medical services.

B. Braun employees showed their support for the victims in Haiti and for the efforts of their colleagues in the Dominican Republic by raising funds through dress down day activities in Bethlehem and Allentown as well as by committing to a payroll deduction. Their colleagues in Santo Domingo used those funds to purchase additional supplies and deliver them to the Port-au-Prince area.

The donations were well received and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Team at Fond Parisien as well as victims served by the Quisqueya Christian School Earthquake Crisis Center sent video thank yous to B. Braun for its donations.