ECRI launches online medical device clearinghouse to aid Katrina disaster recovery

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ECRI, a non-profit health services research agency, announces its launch of a web-based clearinghouse for information on medical device-related disaster relief for healthcare facilities hit hard by Katrina. The Katrina Medical Technology Information Clearinghouse is accessible from ECRI's home page at www.ecri.org.
   
ECRI's clearinghouse provides a central resource that healthcare facilities can turn to for information related to medical devices, supplies, and services being offered by manufacturers worldwide. Also, ECRI has provided a number of its resources, including company directories and guidance articles on emergency preparedness.
   
ECRI is encouraging medical-device-related companies to continue to submit the following information for the clearinghouse:

  • Details about special donation, rental, or loaner programs for medical devices;
  • Instructions on how affected healthcare facilities can receive expedited service
  • E-mail addresses, telephone numbers, or web sites for disaster-relief-related information and help;
  • Cleaning and repair instructions for water-damaged products;
  • Special requirements for devices operated from backup generators; and
  • Any other information that may help in the relief effort

Responses should be sent by e-mail to katrinarelief@ecri.org. Documents may be provided; however, ECRI prefers direct links to web-based resources, along with a brief description of the products and services provided.