Long Term Care Ventilator
The long-term care ventilator supports medically fragile children in the HSC Winnipeg Children’s Hospital Pediatric Special Care Unit (PSCU). The growing numbers of premature births in Manitoba, Northwest Ontario and Nunavut means there may not be enough equipment to meet the growing demands of premature births in the province.
Medical advancements have made it possible for premature infants to survive as early as 23 weeks gestation, when normal gestation is 40 weeks. As a result, these children may have complex medical issues and respiratory conditions. Other children who have suffered trauma, neuromuscular disease or respiratory disease also access this service. In the time of COVID-19 and with annual flu and respiratory illness seasons coming, having this equipment available is more important than ever.
Portable ventilators are life-support equipment that is essential for the survival of patients at Children’s Hospital. At any given time, the hospital needs eight ventilators, which enables medically stable kids to go home with the important equipment they need to breathe. Each unit costs approximately $15,000.
Take a moment to read Cameron’s story, a child who has relied on a long-term care ventilator. It allowed him to be able to go home and experience life outside of the hospital walls.
If campaign goal is achieved, additional dollars will be allocated to the area of greatest need.