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May 11, 2023: Thornhill Medical extends support to Ukraine with Maple Hope Foundation.
Maple Hope Foundation delivers 30 MOVES® SLC™ life-support systems from Thornhill Medical to aid in the treatment of critically injured Ukrainians.
Maple Hope Foundation, a registered Canadian non-profit organization, announced today the delivery of a generous donation of 30 Thornhill Medical MOVES® SLC™ for immediate use in Ukraine by the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, as part of Maple Hope’s Medical Relief Initiative.
The innovative life-support technology was donated to Maple Hope Foundation by the Government of Canada and builds on Thornhill Medical’s original contribution which was delivered in May 2022.
As part of Maple Hope Foundation’s deployment of the donation in Ukraine, Thornhill Medical is contributing technology training to military anesthesiologists, along with medical accessories and consumables. The casualty care portable life-support system will be utilized by forward medical personnel for casualty and patient care, transport of patients by land and air, and in other critical care environments.
“Thornhill Medical is pleased to continue our support to Ukraine’s front-line military and civilian medical providers as they treat life-threatening injuries and to help Maple Hope Foundation deliver medical humanitarian relief to those in Ukraine,” says Lesley Gouldie, CEO at Thornhill Medical.
Thornhill Medical’s MOVES® SLC™ is a micro-integrated life support system, which was designed for the provision of medical care in conflict and disaster-stricken zones. The portable, battery-operated system is both lightweight and rugged, and combines an oxygen concentrator, a unique O2-conserving ventilator, suction, and complete patient monitoring into a single, compact system.
Medical experts at Maple Hope Foundation and in Ukraine have expressed their gratitude for this new donation of the proven technology, emphasizing its dire need. MOVES® SLC™ has been in use in Ukraine by civilian and military medical personnel since 2022, and there is great demand for additional systems.
“The MOVES® SLC™ life support module is a highly effective and practical means of saving the lives of the wounded during military operations in Ukraine in 2022. It is modern, high-tech equipment that is extremely necessary to save the lives of the wounded in the conditions of Ukraine’s war with the Russian Federation,” said Oleksandr Bugai, Deputy Commander of the Medical Forces and Chief Anesthesiologist of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Explaining how MOVES® SLC™ has been used in Ukraine, Bugai said, “Doctors of our centre highly appreciate the capabilities and functionality of the MOVES® SLC™ life support system in working with the wounded. We used this system for evacuation, transportation of the seriously injured, and when performing additional research methods.
“This module was used by doctors to transport the wounded both by ground and air transport. The MOVES® SLC™ system turned out to be quite compact, convenient and easy to use, and protected from damage due to the metal case. With its help, monitoring of patients’ vital functions and adequate artificial ventilation of the wounded’s lungs was fully ensured.”
In his statement, Bugai also cited the impact of specific features of the MOVES® SLC™ and MADM™ systems:
- “The presence of an oxygen generator in the system additionally expands the capabilities of the device, which will greatly facilitate the work of doctors.
- A powerful battery allows patients to be transported over long distances without the need for on-board power.
- The tablet enabled staff to quickly change the necessary parameters and monitor the indicators.
- The MADM™ system effectively provides sedation of the wounded during transportation.”
Dr. Irina Chorny, Chief Medical Advisor of the Maple Hope Foundation says, “The Maple Hope Foundation expresses tremendous pride in its contribution to the delivery of cutting-edge medical equipment that will undoubtedly have a significant impact in emergency medical situations.”
“This new capability will empower front line Ukrainian medical teams to save more lives and dramatically improve medical outcomes for casualties,” she said. “The Foundation remains fully committed to its mission of providing much-needed medical support, and this latest initiative marks a significant step towards achieving that goal.”
Maple Hope Foundation is a registered Canadian non-profit organization providing humanitarian relief to Ukraine since 2014. The organization’s mission is to provide Ukrainians relief from the impacts of war by delivering direct humanitarian aid to Ukraine and assisting displaced Ukrainians arriving in Canada. Since Russia’s invasion in 2022, the organization provided UAH 243 million worth of humanitarian aid.
About Thornhill Medical
Thornhill Medical’s ground-breaking products are designed to be used globally by emergency health care providers, humanitarian and military medical teams. Thornhill’s oxygen-focused research and applications are transforming patient care in extreme circumstances, while inspiring and enabling other new technologies to unlock vital life-saving solutions. Thornhill Medical’s innovations are in 19+ countries including Ukraine. With a team committed to courage, collaboration and saving lives, Thornhill Medical leads the way in the nimble and precision-focused field of medical technologies.
About MOVES® SLC™ and MADM™
MOVES® SLC™ extends the critical care window when treating people critically injured during a natural disaster or in a conflict environment, bringing advanced clinical care capability closer to the front line. The micro-integrated technology combines an oxygen concentrator, a unique O2-conserving ventilator, suction and complete vital signs monitoring in a single, rugged, portable, battery-powered unit without the need for heavy, dangerous oxygen cylinders. Thornhill’s proprietary circle circuit ventilation and oxygen generation capabilities – housed in a small, light and rugged configuration – is highly compatible with the capability needs of health care providers operating in extreme circumstances, where traditional infrastructure is often limited.
In tandem, the lightweight and compact design of MADM™, for delivering efficient gas anesthesia, make it ideal in more challenging environments such as field hospitals and forward-deployed surgical operations. MADM™ is quick to set up, easy to use, and has a small logistical footprint – exactly what is required when time and space are at a premium, and mobility is required.