The US stated it would not use a batch of Russian made ventilators, sent to the United States as part of a high-profile shipment of medical supplies, following two deadly fires in coronavirus hospitals [in Moscow and St. Petersburg] until investigation is finished into their safety and operational reliability.
The Russian ventilators have caused fires and as a result five people died in St. George’s hospital in St. Petersburg and one at Moscow’s City Clinical Hospital no. 50. So the investigation has been opened to find out the cause of the fire.
Russia has suspended use of the Aventa-M ventilators nationwide hereupon.
According to the manufacturers ventilators are in use since 2012 without any safety concerns.
But doctors and medical staff working with the ventilators [including the St. George’s hospital] were reported as saying the medical equipment have technical shortfalls.
Meanwhile, the US Federal Emergency Management Agency, stated the same model of the Russian ventilators was purchased in early April.
“At the beginning of April, Russia sent a shipment of medical supplies, including Aventa M ventilators, to the U.S.,” a FEMA spokesman stated.
“At the time, a severe ventilator shortage was projected in New York (NY) and New Jersey (NJ), so the ventilators were delivered to warehouses owned by the two states.” a FEMA spokesman added.
The specified ventilators have “not been deployed to hospitals” because of the infection flattening. In the light of the current situation and being guided by caution, the US states are returning back the ventilators to Agency.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is waiting for results of the investigation being conducted by the Russian authorities into the fire caused by Russian ventilators as it may help to make a decision on their possible future use.
It worth mentioning that the situation around the sending of ventilators from Russia to the U.S. was from the very beginning antilogous: the specified equipment was manufactured by a subsidiary of a Russian company sanctioned by the U.S.
Moreover, the cargo containing ventilators, was considered by many observers as an attempt by Kremlin to provide “humanitarian aid” to the U.S. in return for easing of sanctions.