Providing Lifesaving Respiratory Equipment
TB Vets Charitable Foundation is the primary charitable sponsor of respiratory equipment in British Columbia. In times of personal peril, our fundraising gives BC families hope. Thanks to loyal and generous donors, TB Vets awards over half a million dollars in respiratory grants for these state-of-art equipment acquisitions annually.
Read more about the respiratory equipment we help provide below.
“BiPAP” stands for Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure and it is used to provide critical respiratory assistance to patients who are in acute respiratory distress and short of breath such as,“COPD” or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or patients with asthma, congenital heart failure, lung cancer, pneumonia and pulmonary fibrosis.
The BiPAP V680 is also approved for use with pediatric patients. Having a BiPAP V680 is essential in stabilizing these patients for transfer.
Assisting patients who are unable to breathe on their own, these machines are critical to those with respiratory issues following disease, trauma or post surgical intervention. When these patients must be moved to another unit or hospital, transport ventilators are used during the transfer to meet their advanced acute care.
These lightweight ventilator units offer invasive and non-invasive modes of ventilation, are quickly customizable, provide comprehensive monitoring of critical patient-ventilator interaction and can be used in multiple sites of care. Most importantly, they ensure those with respiratory illnesses can breathe a little easier during their stay.
A GlideScope is a device that is used for difficult airway management. A GlideScope usually provides better visualization of the larynx compared with direct laryngoscopy when you need to maintain cervical immobilization, have excessive oral secretions, or anticipate a very anterior larynx.
An oscillating ventilator is a very specialized high frequency ventilator that delivers breaths much faster than a conventional ventilator. Conventional ventilators may deliver about 20 to 60 breaths per minute, but an oscillating ventilator can deliver close to 1,000 breaths per minute.
That may seem like a lot but very small or very sick premature babies have lungs that are easily damaged. The bigger, slower breaths provided by a conventional ventilator can actually damage a sick newborn’s lungs and cause health conditions such as chronic lung disease.
TB Vets’ funding support for an oscillating ventilator means respiratory technologists are able to offer newborns a gentler form of respiratory support for a preemie’s tiny airways, and prevent lung damage in babies who may need to be ventilated for long periods of time.