Unbureaucratic Donation Saves Lives of COVID-19 Patients During Pandemic
The Klinikum Stuttgart has received a funding commitment from Vector for an urgently needed ECMO machine to treat patients severely affected by COVID-19. The term ECMO stands for "Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation" and describes a medical device that provides partial or total lung function support outside the body. The Klinikum Stuttgart already owns three ECMO devices, but with these alone it is not possible to care for the large number of mainly young COVID-19 patients in the 3rd wave. In order to be able to save the lives of these people, another ECMO device is urgently needed.
The Vector management has helped in a very unbureaucratic way and provided the funds in the amount of EUR 80,000 to procure this special device.
"It is a special concern for us to be able to help in this extraordinary pandemic situation. At this time, medical staff and the facilities are stretched to the limits and beyond. Unbureaucratic and fast support is of utmost importance now to be able to save human lives," said Dr. Stefan Krauß, one of the three managing directors of Vector.
"This quick help has made a deep impression on the team of our intensive care unit. We are all very grateful for this support. We can provide such excellent care to the patients of our region. I am very happy to live in a region where companies like Vector are so committed. On behalf of the nursing and medical team and all patients, I would like to express my sincere thanks," said Prof. Dr. Tobias Schilling, Medical Director of the Department of Interdisciplinary Acute, Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine.
The foundation request of the Klinikum Stuttgart had initially reached the Vector Foundation only on Monday, May 3, 2021. Immediately recognizing the urgency, the foundation's sponsor, Vector Informatik, was consulted. The positive decision for the life-saving donation was made on the same day.