Posted: Monday, June 21, 2021. 11:23 am CST.
By Zoila Palma: Today, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the Government of Canada donated six (6) High-Flow Nasal Cannula (HFNC) systems and two (2) advanced Patient Monitors with carbon dioxide (CO2) and invasive blood pressure (IBP) monitoring, including accessories and consumables to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH).
The KHMH continues to be the national referral hospital for patients with COVID-19.
The equipment will allow the critical care unit of the KHMH to save lives by providing timely and appropriate oxygen therapy support and continuous monitoring of persons with COVID-19.
“High-Flow Nasal Cannula (HFNC) Treatment is a non-invasive respiratory support therapy that delivers warm, humidified, oxygen-enriched air to patients, usually using a nasal tube called a cannula. It will provide respiratory support for patients with acute hypoxemic respiratory failure and prevent subsequent intubation when used correctly to enhance patient comfort,” PAHO/WHO explained.
“One of the main objectives in managing COVID-19 is providing optimal care for all patients. Part of case management is the close monitoring of the patient’s oxygen levels so that oxygen therapy is immediately initiated among those suffering from hypoxemia or low blood oxygen levels,” said Dr. Noreen Jack, PAHO/WHO Representative in Belize.
Timothy Seguro, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the KHMH said, “the equipment which includes a range of appropriately sized nasal cannula is an important boost in our capacity to deliver high-flow oxygen therapy. Using this technology appropriately has the impact of delivering oxygen support to moderately ill patients and in many instances prevents the need for intubation and mechanical ventilation.”
Dr. Adrian Coye, Acting Director of Medical Services thanked the Canadian Government and PAHO/WHO for the donations.
“We are very pleased to have the ability to have this type of technology that will help us to refine how we treat our patients,” Dr. Coye said.
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