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The Financial Express

Russia suspends use of ventilator type after hospital fires: Regulator

Published: May 13, 2020 14:26:01 | Updated: May 17, 2020 14:07:58


A medical specialist is seen in a window after a fire, which killed five novel coronavirus patients in an intensive care unit, at a hospital in Saint Petersburg, Russia May 12, 2020. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov A medical specialist is seen in a window after a fire, which killed five novel coronavirus patients in an intensive care unit, at a hospital in Saint Petersburg, Russia May 12, 2020. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Russia has suspended the use of Russian-made medical ventilators of a certain model manufactured after April 1, a state healthcare regulator said on Wednesday, following two hospital fires reported to involve two such machines.

The Aventa-M medical ventilator was used at the Saint George’s Hospital in St Petersburg where five people died in a fire on Tuesday, and also in a hospital in Moscow where a fire killed one person on Saturday, Reuters reported.

Roszdravnadzor, the regulator, said on Tuesday it was checking the quality and safety of the ventilators in the two hospitals.

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