BIG BEAR, CA September 2020- Bear Valley Community Healthcare District received a substantial donation from the BVCHD Foundation to purchase two Optiflow Nasal High Flow devices.
The BVCHD Foundation President Holly Elmer presented the BVCHD Board of Directors with a check for $17,000.00 to purchase two Optiflow Nasal High Flow devices. The devices provide respiratory support for those in need of respiratory therapy, which has been highlighted as a critical need in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Alexandra Mejia, Respiratory Therapy Manager was present at the September 9th, 2020 Board meeting to present the equipment and explain the benefits to patients experiencing respiratory distress.
The Optiflow Nasal High Flow devices improve a patients ventilation and gas exchange, increases lung volume, improves oxygenation while reducing mortality rate. The devices improve patients comfort, and thereby increase patient compliance. They are used as a first line of respiratory support, they are state of the art and reduce the cost of traditional standards of care.
Bear Valley Community Healthcare District currently has three ventilators, as well as several others that have been lent to the facility during the pandemic, and with the addition of the two Optiflow Nasal High Flow devices, Alexandra Mejia expressed that she and her team feel confident that they can adequately meet the needs of our community in a timely and appropriate manner in emergency situations.
For more information:
Please contact Alexandra Mejia
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