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Table 5 Functional status of available equipment in the health facility. A comparison of the number of functional equipment at the different levels of the health care system

From: The state of emergency medical services and acute health facility care in Uganda: findings from a National Cross-Sectional Survey

  Level of health facility
(9) Referral Hospital
a/b (%)
(27) District Hospital
a/b (%)
(68) Health Centers
a/b (%)
Equipment for managing the airway in the emergency unit
 McGill forceps (%) 0 (NaN) 7/7 (100.0) 1/1 (100.0)
 Suction apparatus (%) 6/7 (85.7) 14/15 (93.3) 16/20 (80.0)
 Laryngoscope (%) 3/3 (100.0) 8/9 (88.9) 9/9 (100.0)
 Nasopharyngeal airway (%) 1/1 (100.0) 5/5 (100.0) 2/2 (100.0)
 Oropharyngeal (adult) (%) 4/5 (80.0) 10/11 (90.9) 10/11 (90.9)
 Endotracheal tube ETT (%) 2/3 (66.7) 8/8 (100.0) 7/8 (87.5)
 Tracheostomy set (%) 3/3 (100.0) 5/5 (100.0) 0/0 (NaN)
Equipment for managing the airway in the emergency unit
 Oxygen cylinder (%) 7/9 (77.8) 15/16 (93.8) 16/20 (80.0)
 Nasal prongs (%) 8/8 (100.0) 16/19 (84.2) 15/19 (78.9)
 Chest tube and underwater seal drainage (%) 2/2 (100.0) 4/4 (100.0) 0/0 (NaN)
 Mechanical ventilator (%) 0 (NaN) 3/3 (100.0) 1/3 (33.3)
Equipment and supplies for managing circulation in the emergency unit
 ECG machine (%) 2/3 (66.7) 9/9 (100.0) 2/3 (66.7)
 Defibrillator (%) 1/1 (100.0) 4/4 (100.0) 1/1 (100.0)
Equipment and supplies for immobilisation and splinting
 Cervical collar (soft/hard collar) (%) 2/2 (100.0) 7/7 (100.0) 5/5 (100.0)
 Spine board (%) 1/1 (100.0) 1/1 (100.0) 1/1 (100.0)
  1. a = Number of functional equipment available, b = Total number of equipment available NaN = Equipment not available at this level of health facilities