Electrocardiogram (EKG) Devices for Clinics
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Electrocardiogram (EKG) Devices for Clinics

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Help us equip Aarogya Seva's community clinics with life-saving Electrocardiogram (EKG) devices. To help further our vision of “Health for All,” Aarogya Seva currently operates community clinics in India and the USA which serve populations who have little or no access to quality health and healthcare. Some of these clinics are in remote, rural locations where geography, climate and conflict often compound this problem. To increase outreach and ensure that no one gets left behind, we also conduct Medical Yatras regularly. The Yatra model can be compared to a medical pilgrimage where the aim is to take healthcare services to the heart of communities who need them, through a network of dedicated volunteers.  In both these settings, having appropriate diagnostic aids can greatly augment the scope of care that community health workers and doctors can provide. In this context, we have seen that the electrocardiogram (EKG) is an invaluable aid in the diagnosis and treatment of heart and other related diseases. By recording the electrical activity of the heart, it provides a method of identifying and assessing several conditions, some of which could be life threatening and difficult to diagnose conclusively based on clinical judgement alone. Myocardial infarction (heart attack), arrhythmias, heart blocks, structural changes in the heart as a consequence of hypertension, electrolyte imbalances etc. are some of the conditions that can be detected by an EKG. Some of these conditions are medical emergencies requiring immediate action and higher levels of care. Doing an EKG can also help in triaging and differentiating causes needing urgent intervention from those that are non-urgent and could be managed in a primary care setting. In the resource-limited settings and difficult geographies where we operate, this understanding is of vital importance in prioritizing needs, providing first aid and guiding next steps to ensuring that the patient gets appropriate care. Our current need stands at 10 EKG devices, which can be used in our community clinics as well as in the Yatras. Device selection is equally important, and we have seen from on-field experience that portable, easy to use, lightweight, telemedicine friendly devices are not only more convenient to use, but also translate to better levels of care for the patients. The ability to get an EKG reading on a community health worker's smart phone which can be transmitted to a global network of volunteer doctors for an expert consult allows us to reach more patients and can be lifesaving at times. ABOUT AAROGYA SEVA: GLOBAL HEALTH VOLUNTEER ALLIANCE. They are a nonprofit, transnational, humanitarian, micro-volunteering platform aiming to provide access to quality healthcare services to underserved communities in need through a model of flexibility, shared responsibility and a spirit of service.