With the frequency of sudden cardiac arrest, the presence of automated external defibrillators in public spaces is on the rise. It seems as though everywhere you look, there is an AED on the wall of every school, gym, airport, and city office building with more and more stores and restaurants following suit. But, did you know that the AED is not the only automated lifesaving device on the market? In some ways, the automatic transport ventilator is the respiratory system’s answer to the AED. In some ways, it is not. Curious if you need an automatic transport ventilator in your life?
1. Are you a medical transport company?
Yes? You need an automatic transport ventilator. While a Bag Valve can be used to transport patients from one location to another, the skill it takes to use a bag valve correctly is difficult to come by. Studies have shown that automatic transport ventilators are better for patient care and documentation while allowing the medical personnel to perform different tasks.
No? Move on to question 2.
2. Do you employ Emergency Medical Professionals?
Yes? There has been some debate in the last few years about how pre-hospital intubations affect the survival rate of the typical traumatic brain injury or cardiac arrest. While supraglottic airways have come in vogue for their speed of insertion and effectiveness in the field, that does not diminish the need for an automatic transport ventilator in an ambulance. You see, EMS is not only the first line medical professionals, but they also provide transport to already intubated patients from one facility to another. While an ATV is not recommended for supraglottic airways, they are still a vital and necessary piece of equipment to have on hand.
No? Move on to question 3.
3. Are you a small hospital or urgent care center?
Yes? Small hospitals or urgent care centers that are ready to intubate a patient for transport can benefit from having an ATV on hand. Not only does this take the guesswork out of bagging a critically ill patient, but it also allows for continuity of machinery from intubation through transport. In the long run, having an ATV in a small hospital or urgent care center only makes sense.
No? Move on to question 4.
4. Are you or a loved one reliant on a ventilator for breathing support?
Yes? Advances in technology, particularly in portable ventilation, have made it possible for patients reliant on ventilators to travel outside of the four walls of their hospital room. However, having an automatic transport ventilator on hand in the event of an emergency with your primary device can make the difference between life and death.
No? Congratulations! You may not need to purchase an automatic transport ventilator. Still unsure? Contact Foremost Medical Equipment for more information on ATVs and whether this piece of equipment is right for you.
If you answered yes to any of these questions, Foremost Medical Equipment is ready to help you select an automatic transport ventilator that is right for you.