Coronavirus Peru: Personal ventilators, a possibility for patients in critical condition | Ecuador | Society

The bell Breathe Peru, promoted by the Peruvian Episcopal Conference, the San Ignacio de Loyola University (USIL) and the National Society of Industries, will donate 2,000 mechanical fans personal use (Vortran) to some hospitals from the country. The first batch of 960 arrived a few days ago.

The devices helped reduce fatalities in Ecuador. Through the Save Lives Ecuador initiative, in which the private company that collaborated with the public health system participated, funds were raised to purchase equipment and supplies doctors, among them, mainly, the fans. The Ecuadorian doctor Eduardo Herdocia, who was part of the aforementioned strategy, came to Peru to share his experience and provide training to about 1,500 of his colleagues nationwide on this use of the device.

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Herdocia explains that ventilators were essential in the intervention, because “patients with coronavirus they have a number of complications, mainly disseminated intravascular coagulation, and it is necessary to have a guaranteed airway to be able to provide both antibiotic and anticoagulant care and thus combat subsequent complications ”.

Likewise, he points out that their main feature is that they can be taken anywhere. Clarifies that they do not replace the high complexity fan; however, the device represents a life opportunity for the patient. “The good thing about the team is that it can be distributed to health centers of less complexity, which are in the rural zones”.

In addition, it reduces the percentage of patients who will require a bed in the intensive care unit (FIA). “A mild or moderate patient, who is getting worse, can be connected to the ventilator.”

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Herdocia states that the results of the purchase of fans were immediate. “Even if the most arduous effort is, with having saved a single life I believe that the work has already been rewarded,” he says.

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Fan function

Ricardo Losno, dean of the USIL School of Health Sciences, explains that the first thing to do is connect the ventilator to a oxygen balloon or hospital network, which has oxygen generators. It does not need electricity.

He doctor He also notes that only low-flow oxygen is required, 12 to 15 liters per minute. The patient should then be fitted with a mask for non-invasive ventilation. Then the peak inspiratory pressure (PIP) is adjusted, and finally the patient’s exhalation is adjusted. “It is easy to learn,” she says.

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