Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), a Washington-based medical technology association, released the statement on the role of medical technology in combating the spread of swine flu. As per AdvaMed, medical technology plays a critical role in protecting the public health at various stages during an epidemic.

Diagnostics to rapidly screen individual patients for influenza virus in hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices, personal protection devices such as facemasks to help stop the spread of disease, delivery technologies to quickly and efficiently administer vaccines or drugs and Life-sustaining equipment such as ventilators to help patients recover their normal breathing functions.

Janet Trunzo, executive vice president of technology and regulatory affairs for the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), said:

“AdvaMed has been in contact with officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. government public health agencies to offer the medical technology industry’s assistance in combating this emerging world-wide health threat.

“The medical technology industry stands ready to provide whatever assistance is needed to help prevent or contain the health threat posed by the current strain of swine flu and to help those already infected to recover fully and quickly.”