Pa­tients get £200k ven­ti­la­tor up­grades

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IN­TEN­SIVE care pa­tients at South­port hos­pi­tal are ben­e­fit­ing from a £200,000 in­vest­ment in 10 new ven­ti­la­tors.

The new de­vices, worth £20,000 each, re­place age­ing 10-year-old ma­chines which will now be sent for auction, prob­a­bly for use abroad.

Ven­ti­la­tors help a pa­tient breathe.

This is usu­ally be­cause of a medical prob­lem that makes it hard for them to breathe well on their own.

While on the ven­ti­la­tor, the body is able to rest so it has the po­ten­tial heal. A ven­ti­la­tor can help with breath­ing or to­tally breathe for the pa­tient.

As well as be­ing the lat­est tech­nol­ogy, the new ven­ti­la­tors are also por­ta­ble so they can be kept with the pa­tient if they need to be moved.

Julie Webb, se­nior sis­ter on the in­ten­sive care unit, said: “This is a won­der­ful in­vest­ment by the Trust in our hos­pi­tal and we’re very ex­cited to start us­ing them to help pa­tients.”

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