Sourcing and Procurement: Medical Equipment for Bakhmut

December 9, 2022
Mariya Petukhova

The two volunteers, Yulia and Tetyana, that I am working with are taking medical supplies to locations where no one else is going, like the medical stabilization station in Bakhmut. Bakhmut is one of the hottest points in the Ukrainian battlefield (read here the article in NY Times from November 27th about Bakhmut).

Recently Yulia posted about the need for CT-6 traction splints. The CT-6 is a Leg Traction Splint designed for Pre Hospital Care and Patient transport, specifically in combat scenarios. It is primarily used on patients with mid-line femur fractures. The CT-6 helps relieve patient pain and prevents further damage to surrounding muscle and tissue while reducing the risk of death caused from severed arteries.

On December 3rd, I started a fundraiser for 5 such splints (the minimal required quantity). The cost of one unit at the Rescue Supply store is roughly $148 and each unit weighs 1.1lbs so the shipping cost for 5 units comes to $38 so the total of $778 was needed. I have also reached out to the manufacturer, FareTec Inc, directly to see if they can help in any way.

On December 5th, Ukraine’s Volunteer’s Day, I received a response from FareTec. They offered me a distributor’s price of $99 and recommended upgrading to the next gen, CT-7, for the price of CT-6. At that time we raised $600 and decided to order six splints. As of today, December 9th, the splints have been ordered. We have also received another donation that will cover the shipping to us and to Ukraine.

We did this in 6 days. We could do it even faster if we had quicker access to the money so we are working now on padding the fund. Please support us. We will make every dollar go a long way. Please help us save the lives of Ukrainians defending their land and right to exist.