From "Stormarner Tageblatt" (local daily news paper):
The fire accidents with respirators of Corona patients in Moscow and St. Petersburg show how important the topic of integrated fire protection in medical devices is. JOB GmbH, a technology leader in integrated fire protection systems, located in Ahrensburg near Hamburg, points out that the accidents in the two Russian clinics, in which six people were killed at the beginning of last week, could very easily have been avoided with little effort. However, only an expert opinion can provide more precise information.
A small fire extinguishing device, so-called e-bulbs, which are the smallest fire extinguishers in the world, can be installed into most medical devices with little financial effort. It is a glass ampoule that bursts in high heat and releases a fire-suppression agent, extinguishes the fire and cuts off the electricity. This can prevent fires, protect human lives and values - especially in sensitive infrastructure such as hospitals.
In view of the corona crisis, JOB GmbH early April already offered to supply the manufacturers of respirators with E-bulbs free of charge and to provide appropriate design-in teams.
JOB Managing Director Bodo Müller: “The terrible accidents in Russia draw attention to the fact that, statistically, there is also at least one fire in German clinics once per week. These events could be avoided in many cases - if all devices were equipped with internal fire protection. Carriers and operators of hospitals are strongly recommended to insist on integrated fire protection by means of small fire extinguishers when tendering for the procurement of medical devices."