Doctors in the UK have shared their fears over 250 ventilators who have been purchased from China and called for theirretraction and replacement & # 39 ;.
Medical experts from the NHS Trust of Sandwell and West Birmingham warned that the Shangrila 510 model, made by Chinese firm Beijing Aeonmed Co. Ltd., & # 39; significant patient injury including death caused & # 39; when used in a hospital setting.
In a letter seen by NBC News, the senior doctors disclosed the breathing machines, which were built for ambulances instead of hospitals, not only a problematic oxygen supply, but could not be properly cleaned.
The five-page document, which was seen by the news organization on April 13, read: & # 39; We believe that if used, significant patient injury, including death, is likely.
& # 39; We look forward to withdrawing and replacing these ventilators with devices that are better able to provide intensive care ventilation for our patients. & # 39;
The complaints came after a dispatch of 300 Chinese ventilators was dropped in the UK on April 4 – a development that was echoed by Michael Gove in one of & # 39; s daily information programs & # 39; e government and tweeted about by Foreign Minister Dominic Raab.
It is unclear how many were sent by Beijing Aeonmed, whether other NHS hospitals received dispatches from & # 39; ventilators or how much was paid for.
Doctors from Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust have warned against the Shangrila 510 model fan. Image: 300 fans are on display at MOD Donnington, in Shropshire, China on April 4
The Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust medics stated that the device manufactured by the Chinese manufacturer provided oxygen supply & # 39; variable & unreliable & # 39 ;.
In addition to the device with only a & # 39; base & # 39; construction, the dust box on the device could not be properly cleaned by personnel.
The doctors went by and said that the machines, that too arrived to the UK with a & # 39; non-E.U. & # 39; oxygen connection hose, were designed for ambulance use instead of for hospitals and left NHS personnel to make test device for the device out of a hospital trolley.
In addition, the ventilators had an unfamiliar design for doctors in the United Kingdom and came with an instructional manual that was laborious.
The document, which was written by a senior anesthesia and intensive care physician representing a group of clinicians and senior managers in and around Birmingham, comes as the UK continues to control the spread of the virus that is now alive of 26,570 has requested.
Earlier this month, ministers confirmed they had purchased and unloaded 300 ventilators from China at MOD Donnington military base in Shropshire.
After the arrival of & # 39; devices, Secretary of State for Dominic Rabb of Foreign Affairs tweeted: & # 39; Today we have received 300 ventilators purchased from China, for @ NHsuk hospitals. Thousands more income in the coming weeks.
& # 39; Large shipment of masks and protective equipment has also arrived, flown from Shanghai by @virgin. Thank you @ukcinchina for helping deliver these life-saving supplies. & # 39;
While Michael Gove said during a Downing Street briefing: & # 39; Today, 300 new fans arrived from China. I want to thank the Chinese government for their support in securing that capacity. & # 39;
On April 4, Michael Gove thanked China for the arrival of 300 new ventilators during a press release
While Dominic Raab confirmed that the UK had purchased 300 ventilators from China
However, on April 13, doctors at the Birmingham Trust issued a warning about the 250 ventilators they received.
Beijing AeonMed, which was founded in 2001, is a & # 39; leading domestic R&D and manufacturing company for anesthesia and respiratory medical devices & # 39 ;, according to its website.
The company sells a range of medical products, including anesthesia machines, operating lights, work tables, ceiling hangers, patient monitors, infusion pumps, warm blankets and endoscopes.
MailOnline has contacted the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England for comment.
This month, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the country was on course to have ventilators for 18,000 patients – but they may not be on time.
Earlier this month, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the country was on track to have ventilators for 18,000 patients
He said the estimated total of 11,500 ventilators should be sufficient, to help & # 39; social distance to slow the spread of the virus and the & # 39; treatment of & # 39; defend an outbreak.
Speaking to the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Mr Hancock said: & # 39; We need to make sure that we have more ventilators than there are people who need ventilation.
& # 39; We have between 9,000 and 10,000 within the NHS, and we have the 2,000 spare that are critical care beds with ventilation capacity.
& # 39; We need 18,000 in the next two weeks. & # 39;