By Adeola Badru
Dr. Samson Arigbamu, a US-based Nigerian medical expert, has invented a stethoscope equipped with components capable of immediately identifying adventitious lungs, such as lungs infected with COVID-19, that would immediately announce their findings.
Arigbamu revealed in an email to Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state on Monday, adding that the stethoscope is in production at the prototype and optimization stage, that the final product would start in December.
He noted that the process could be accelerated with resources from individuals, organizations or even the Nigerian government.
Dr. Arigbamu has been living in the United States for approximately 22 years and is currently the Director of Nursing at Future Care Lochearn, a 200-bed health rehabilitation center in Baltimore, Maryland.
He has been with the company for 10 years, prior to that he was director of nursing at Manor Care Woodbridge in Baltimore, Maryland for over 3 years. He also currently owns and operates a private clinic called Upsurge Health Associate in Freeland, Maryland.
Dr. Arigbamu argued that the final production of the stethoscope would be a great achievement for the Nigerian government for the simple fact that a citizen of the country invented such critical medical equipment worthy of a US patent, therefore, requested the support of the Nigerian government.
Having worked in the healthcare field for over 20 years, Arigbamu explained, he had seen healthcare providers, including nurses, mid-level providers, and physicians, struggle to identify lung and heart sounds. .
As a result, chest radiographs, electrocardiograms, and other cardiac interrogation tests are often ordered to identify adventitious heart and lung conditions.
He noted that the clinical problem with these expensive tests and devices is that they are unable to identify adventitious sounds and provide immediate and accurate feedback, therefore the use of such devices often results in significant clinical and health problems for patients, as well as a waste. of valuable resource.
According to him: “As a result of these challenges, in 2018 I started working on the invention of a digital stethoscope that could identify lung and heart sounds, interpret sounds, and immediately announce their findings to users. The stethoscope is also capable of integrating your data into the electronic medical record. “
“With such capabilities, it will enhance vital physical assessment for healthcare providers and novice users. It will also ensure opportunities for timely intervention and prevention of further deterioration of health in patients. “
“The stethoscope is also equipped with electronic medical record (EMR) integration capabilities (essential for telemedicine) to improve coordination of care and portability of patient information.”
“The project received a US patent on June 2, 2020 and is currently in the prototype production phase in the US and Ukraine.”
“The final production of the stethoscope would be a great achievement of pride for Nigeria for the simple fact that a citizen of the country invented such critical medical equipment worthy of a US patent,” he said.