CHI St. Alexius Health is excited to offer another tool to help COVID-19 patients suffering from acute respiratory distress. The device is a respiratory helmet that will improve oxygen flow and allow the critically ill patients to breathe easier, remain conscious and avoid intubation.
“Our critical care team is the first in North Dakota to offer oxygenated respiratory helmets. With the increasing number of COVID patients in our community and across the state, protecting our patients and our health care workers is important. The helmets offer more isolation for the patient and are better tolerated by patients,” said Kurt Schley, CHI St. Alexius Health President. The oxygen hoods were originally created to treat the decompression needs of deep sea divers who remain submerged for long periods of time. The airtight helmet actually surrounds the patient’s head form the neck up sealing in life-saving oxygen.
Bringing cutting-edge technology to the region is what CHI St. Alexius Health is known for. “Our goal is to keep our patients off ventilators while keeping them as comfortable as possible. These oxygenated helmets give us another tool toward that goal,” stated Dr. J’Patrick Fahn, CHI St. Alexius Health’s Hospital Medicine and Critical Care Director.
CHI St. Alexius is adding a new tool to its belt in the fight against COVID-19. The hospital is now offering respiratory helmets for patients suffering from acute respiratory distress. The airtight design allows patients with low oxygen levels to receive treatment in a more comfortable setting. The medical director says it will prevent patients from being hooked up to a ventilator.
“The hope is we can use it to prevent progression to mechanical ventilation which would be having the tube down the throat and having a machine breathe for you. The hope is this gives us another tool to prevent that from happening to folks who have COVID-19 and potentially adult respiratory distress syndrome,” said J’Patrick Fahn, medical director for CHI St. Alexius. The helmets will be used for patients in intensive care because they need to be closely monitored while inside the device.
Nikiya Carrero Reporting
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