The six new paediatric ventilators at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital brings the ratio of Intensive Care Unit beds to available ventilators to one-to-one. This means that even if the ICU is full and every child needs a ventilator – every patient would have access to one.
Prof Andrew Argent, the head of the ICU at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital said: “The new ventilators have replaced older ventilators which have come to the end of their useful life. In addition the new ventilators have given us improved capacity to do ‘lung protective’ ventilation – or ventilation that is better adjusted to the individual needs of the child and is gentler to the lung.
“Finally the ventilators have increased our capacity to provide ventilation to sick children – this is important in the context of increasing demand for ICU treatment and ventilation at the hospital.”
Five of the ventilators – which have been designed specifically for children – were bought by the hospital. The Walter Sisulu Paediatric Cardiac Foundation (WSPCF) donated the sixth, which significantly improves the capacity of the hospital to accommodate more Foundation-sponsored children.