By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
A US-based Nigerian medical expert , Dr Samson Arigbamu has announced the invention by him of a stethoscope equipped with components capable of immediately identify COVID 19 infected lungs and other adventitious lung .
Dr Arigbamu who made this known in a mail sent to journalists in Ibadan said the equipment apart from identifying the lung will immediately announce its findings.
The Director of Nursing at Future Care Lochearn Health Rehabilitation center in Baltimore Maryland pointed out that the stethoscope “is in production at prototype and optimization stage, with final product expected to commence by December, this year.
He quickly added that however, the process could be expedited with resources from individuals, organizations or even the Nigerian government and that the eventual production of the stethoscope would be a great achievement of pride to Nigeria government for a simple fact that a citizen of the country invented such critical medical equipment worthy of a USA patent, hence, soliciting support from Nigeria government.
He disclosed that having worked in the healthcare field for over 20 years, he had seen healthcare providers including nurses, mid level providers and physicians struggle with identifying lung and heart sounds, Dr Arigbamu said as a result, chest x-rays, EKGs and other cardiac interrogative tests are often ordered to identify adventitious lung and heart conditions.
“Issue with these expensive tests and devices is that, they are incapable of identify adventitious sounds and providing immediate and accurate feedback, consequently, utilization of such devices often result in significant clinical and health issues for the patients as well as a waste of valuable resource.. As a result of these challenges, in 2018 I started working on inventing a digital stethoscope that could identify lung and heart sounds, interpret the sounds and immediately announce its findings to the users. The stethoscope is also capable of integrating its data into electronic medical record. With such capabilities, it will enhance physical assessment vital to health care providers and novice users. It will also ensure opportunities for timely intervention and prevention of further health decline in patients”, he said
The US based medical expert noted “the stethoscope is also equipped with electronic medical record (EMR) integration capabilities (essential to telemedicine) in order improve care coordination and patient information portability”, saying, “the project received a USA patent on June 2nd 2020 and is currently in prototype phase of production in the USA and Ukraine.The eventual production of the stethoscope would be a great achievement of pride to Nigeria for a simple fact that a citizen of the country invented such critical medical equipment worthy of a USA patent”.