Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg is celebrating a success which will benefit its smallest patients.
The hospital recently received two grants from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Ascension Via Christi, totaling more than $28,000 to purchase a SiPAP, a noninvasive infant ventilator and four Vapotherm pediatric respiratory devices.
From January 2016 to June of this year, 135 of the 818 babies born at Ascension Via Christi Hospital required Level II nursery care, according to Janelle Wade, RN, director of Women’s Services.
“This will improve the treatment of our infant patients by providing state-of-the-art equipment that would ensure more reliable care,” Wade says. “The system is clinically proven technology to reduce ventilator days, prevent intubations and improve oxygenation. Patient safety is our No. 1 priority and the SiPAP provides improved comfort and care with fully integrated patient monitoring and battery backup.”
Susan Lutz, respiratory care and sleep diagnostics manager, says the Vapotherm Precision Flow units will help pediatric patients in respiratory distress or those diagnosed with bronchiolitis or respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
“Pittsburg currently has four Vapotherm units, but in the winter, these units are in high demand due to the increased number of patients who are hospitalized with respiratory distress, which leaves none for our pediatric population,” Lutz says. “Vapotherm therapy has been shown to reduce overall length of stay by 24 hours in patients with bronchiolitis, which also reduces total hospital charges.”