The Red Deer Advocate highlighted a pilot program to help rural COVID-19 patients in a Dec 18 article. In late August, Provost Health Centre in central Alberta — a hospital which does not have a conventional ventilator — received an Alberta E-Vent. “Provost asked for our help. They had to manually ventilate an intubated COVID-positive patient awaiting transport for approximately four hours,” said Rena Sorensen, professional practice lead for respiratory therapy in AHS central zone.

Without conventional ventilators, staff must manually squeeze an airbag for a patient every six seconds which could be required for several hours. That’s where the E-Vent comes in. “This is compact, simple and requires very little training. As the pandemic is with us for some time yet, we are grateful to have a tool like this in our toolkit,” explained Brant Poirier, area director for central zone – south.

Learn more about the Alberta E-Vent project and Exergy’s other initiatives in the fight against COVID-19.

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