SULLIVAN - Two new pieces of equipment were purchased for Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital’s Respiratory Therapy department. These items were necessary to replace older equipment that operated considerably slower, less efficiently and was very cumbersome. The machines purchased were the Trilogy 202 ventilator and an Astro Touch spirometer.
The Trilogy 202 ventilator has several features that enhance its use over the former equipment. It is very portable and can be transported to critical patients without removing them from a ventilator to be tested. It is lightweight making it easy for one person to manage and it can operate on battery power for up to 6 hours. The Trilogy is a multi-use machine where it serves the respiratory needs throughout a patient’s recovery rather than several different pieces of equipment. There are multiple settings and modes incorporated within the machine compared to what the other equipment was capable of. These settings focus on patient comfort and compatibility with other equipment.
The Astro Touch spirometer is a piece of equipment for measuring lung volume capacity. An added feature over the former equipment is that it offers pediatric focused measurements. Its overall size is small and portable for easy use. The Astro Touch has the ability to complete full pulmonary function tests instead of the short pulmonary function tests that the former spirometer was able to do. It has a convenient built-in printer and a color touch screen. Another option is that it can be powered by either electric or battery. This makes it more flexible for testing locations during patient care.
“We are always excited when we are able to get new equipment that has the latest technology. It really enhances the care that our patients expect to receive” commented Mike Whitaker, Outpatient Diagnostic Services Manager.