Equipment Helps Patients Breathe Easy

Posted: November 22, 2019

Proving its continued dedication to providing the most advanced medical care in the region, NorthBay Healthcare recently attained a full fleet of the latest technology in ventilation for patients at NorthBay Medical Center and NorthBay VacaValley Hospital.

NorthBay became the first health system on the West Coast to have Servo-U mechanical ventilators with Neurally Adjusted Ventilatory Assist (NAVA). The NAVA technology delivers breathing assistance in proportion to and in synch with a patient’s respiratory efforts by sensing the impulse of the patient’s diaphragm. The equipment was installed at both hospitals in July.

The Servo-U equipment also has end-tidal carbon dioxide (ETCO2) monitoring, which means it provides valuable information about CO2 production and ventilation in the patient, and also includes the capability of ultrasonic medication delivery directly to the patient without needing an additional device.

In addition, NorthBay was also the first on the West Coast to attain high flow nasal cannula, an industry-leading technology added to the Servo-U units to aid patient’s respiratory needs as they transition from ICU to a stepdown environment or acute care unit. The cannula technology was approved by the FDA a week before NorthBay’s purchase, explained Tony Waite, clinical manager of NorthBay Respiratory Services.

“This new equipment means that all modes of ventilation are available to meet the ever growing complexity of patient care that Solano needs,” Tony said.


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