New Respiratory Equipment Provides Relief

By October 15, 2019 News, Thank You!

The Philips V60 funded by TB Vets has arrived! The V60 replaces equipment that has served the hospital and patients well since 2001 but is no longer serviceable.

The V60 delivers essential therapy to treat acute respiratory/ventilatory failure in patients at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH). The respiratory failure can result from COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), Congestive heart failure, neuromuscular disease and other conditions that lead to acute respiratory insufficiency.

Patients wear a fitted mask that is connected through a circuit that provides breathing support. This support is synchronized with the patient’s efforts to enhance respiratory effectiveness, decrease breathing effort and lessen the feeling of breathlessness. It also improves the ability of the lungs to transport oxygen into the patient’s blood. This results in greater levels of oxygen throughout the patient’s body. An integrated battery and oxygen tank manifold allows therapy to continue while the patient is transported within the hospital.

Respiratory Therapists are essential in applying this therapy at NRGH. They ensure the patient is properly connected to the V60 and adjust the therapy to the patient’s needs. Approximately 150 patients per year will immediately benefit from this advanced equipment. The demand for this therapy will continue to rise due to our growing population and the increase in cardio-respiratory disability. The support of organizations such as TB Vets is essential in providing better healthcare for our community. Thank you TB Vets!

Photo: Dwaine Talbot, RRT , Clinical Chief and Donia Oumesrour, Respiratory Therapy Services, NRGH