Donated ventilator key for future
A brand new Hamilton Ventilator was kindly donated to St John of God Murdoch Hospital, thanks to donor support through St John of God Foundation.
15 Apr 2021
The new Hamilton ventilator, which arrived at Murdoch in March 2021, was needed as part of Murdoch’s COVID preparedness system.
Director of Emergency Medicine Jason Fitch said the ventilator would play a vital role if Murdoch had COVID positive patient.
“It allows us to use our isolation room as a resuscitation area, plus it would allow us to divide into respiratory and non-respiratory EDs, in-line with the hospitals COVID-19 escalation plan,“ Jason said.
The ventilator features an intelligent ventilation mode Adaptive Support Ventilation (ASV). This adjusts respiratory rate, tidal volume, and inspiratory time continuously, depending on the patient’s lung mechanics and effort.
Dr Fitch said the ventilator also provides critical care for acutely unwell patients.
“In addition to its function as a ventilator, it can also supply non-invasive ventilation and high flow nasal oxygen. Two vital treatments in the care of critically unwell patients.”
The Hamilton Ventilator doubles Murdoch’s current capacity to provide these vital treatments.
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