Critical Care Needs and Ventilators for Soldiers’
In 2020, we’ve learned just how important it is to be prepared. The year has brought with it more than a handful of challenges, but it has shown us that together we can persevere. By supporting one another, we have the power to incite change. It is our goal with Soldiers’ Spooktacular Soirée’s Fund-A-Cause to raise the funds needed to ensure our teams are prepared to meet the critical care and ventilator needs of our community. Please give generously.
Critical care is all about standing at the ready with the skills, knowledge, tools and equipment to meet the demands of an emergency trauma, an unexpected or sudden illness or a when a relatively stable situation takes a turn for the worst.
A patient in need of critical care requires around the clock, all-encompassing treatment, using multiple resources and the intervention of a number of healthcare professionals and specialists. For a patient to have the best chance of recovery, their medical teams need to have access to the best training and most modern tools and equipment possible.
Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital was already in the midst of a multi-year ventilator replacement strategy when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. This escalated the importance of these live-saving breathing machines to the top of the priority list.
Put simply, when a patient is critically ill ventilators take over the work of the lungs so the body can focus that energy on healing itself. Gradually, as the body gets healthier, patients can be weaned off the ventilator until the lungs are strong enough to breathe on their own again.
These incredibly intricate machines save lives across the life cycle, from the beginning of life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to the end of life in the ICU to lives saved after death through transplantation. They are workhorses and invaluable as life-saving tools.
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Ventilators: An Important Tool in Organ Transplants
Sometimes, despite the best medical interventions, a life cannot be saved. It is in times like these that an available ventilator can help keep a patient's organs healthy for transplantation.
Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital is a proud partner of the Trillium Gift of Life Network. As such, when a consenting organ donor cannot be saved, a ventilator can help their organs give new life to many others as in this example.