Experts are calling on governments to make medical devices more readily available and encourage people to wear medical masks in emergencies.
In a study published in the Journal of Emergency Medicine, researchers examined the medical devices available in emergency departments across the country, and found that there was an urgent need for more medical devices.
“There is a need for greater medical devices for the immediate care of the patients, particularly in the emergency department, where the patient is at high risk of serious injury or death,” said Dr. James F. T. Condon, a professor of emergency medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dr. Cordon is the lead author of the study.
He said he hopes to get the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMS) released this fall that will show how many devices are available to the public in the U.S. emergency department.
“There’s an urgent demand for medical devices,” he said.
“I think that we’ve got to get it done quickly.”
Toxicology data released in May showed that of the more than 10,000 people who died from heat stroke in 2016, only 1 percent were wearing protective masks.
Experts say there’s also a need to provide more information about the health risks associated with wearing medical devices during an emergency.
“The medical device companies are not necessarily making this information public, but we need to get that information out there,” said Condon.
“It’s important for people to know about the safety of these devices.”
For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.