Respiratory failure; two words no parent ever wants to hear relating to their baby.
But for approximately two babies every month on the Sunshine Coast that will need to be ventilated due to respiratory failure, it’s reassuring to know that a state-of-the-art Oxylog 3000+ Paediatric Ventilator worth $22,924 has arrived at Nambour Hospital’s Emergency Department after being funded by Wishlist with the help of a few local businesses.
Clinical Coach Rob McDonald said the new Oxylog ventilator which is designed for children in their first year of life far superseded the previous one in efficiency. “The ventilator we had was complicated to use and static, whereas the Oxylog will easily allow us to ventilate babies and still be able to transport them at the same time,” Rob said.
Another significant impact is the Oxylog’s capacity to ventilate much smaller babies from just 6 kilos up to 20 kilos using a specific paediatric airway circuit, whereas the previous one could only be used on paediatric patients weighing 20 kilos+.
Most of the babies in this age and weight range are transported by helicopter to a tertiary hospital in Brisbane for definitive care, and with the Oxylog 300+ also used by the retrieval team during transit, Rob said having the same ventilator greatly assists in the handover to the helicopter crew and provides ease of conversion to their equipment.
“The new paediatric ventilator keeps us in line with the standard of care provided at other hospitals and is invaluable in a life support situation involving very young children,” Rob explained.
Key contributors to the funding include Roses R, a small business that sells roses to patrons of local clubs and pubs and forwards 10 percent of the proceeds to Wishlist, contributing $6,902 to the purchase of this equipment.
PJT Accountants contributed $2,668 from their 2013 Charity Bowls Day after also funding a $10,000 Glidescope for Caloundra’s Emergency Unit. The RMO Society Trivia Night contributed $993 while the Good Guys Foundation also gave $793 towards the ventilator.
Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said these local businesses should feel proud of their contributions to this significant piece of equipment. “Their efforts in fundraising could end up saving the lives of babies belonging to families right here on the Coast,“ she said.