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PAHO/WHO donates COVID-19 related equipment to KHMH

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Posted: Monday, September 6, 2021. 8:43 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: A needed piece of equipment was donated to Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) today.

The Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (BPap/BiPap) Unit assists the critical care unit of the KHMH to save lives by providing timely and appropriate oxygen therapy support to patients affected by COVID-19.

The donated BiPap machine is the only type of positive pressure ventilator, meaning persons receive higher air pressure when breathing in and thus, opening the lungs. With the lungs being one of the organs most affected by COVID-19, this machine can help patients breathe better by pushing the air into the lungs through a mask or nasal plug while supplying pressurized air into the airways.

To allow the KHMH to use the full capacity of the machine, the donation of the BiPAP also came with a bundle of accessories that include, but are not limited to, antibacterial filters, reusable masks, disposable masks, oxygen ports, leak valves, and other accessories.

“This machine allows us to get oxygen into the lungs of the patient, it is to be used mainly when the patient has an obstruction in their lungs and in the early stages when they have difficulty breathing,” said Dr. Pedro Arriaga, the hospital’s Head of Intensive Care.

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