WITH the generous support of joint venturers, Esso/BHP Billiton, South Gippsland Hospital has been able to purchase a new Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) machine for use in the Urgent Care Clinic.
Since the early days of Barry Beach, Esso has been a significant supporter of the hospital providing more than $100,000 of equipment in the past 30 years.
Recently, Angelo Cannizzo, Operations Supervisor at the Barry Beach Marine Terminal visited the hospital to see the BiPAP machine first-hand.
Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Marion Bowron, explained the various ways it can be used for patients with severe respiratory (breathing) failure and chronic respiratory illness and how, in patients with heart failure (a condition that can affect all ages across the community) it can help to reduce the body’s workload to breathe.
In cases of patients with severe flu (such as the winter flu epidemic) it can also be used to maintain their oxygen levels and stabilise them prior to transfer and while the BiPAP machine is very mobile and transportable, patients who need it are usually moved to the Urgent Care Clinic for constant monitoring.
• Pictured right: Chris Trotman, SGH CEO, Marion Bowron, Dir. Nursing & Mid. and Angelo Cannizzo, Operations Supervisor, Barry Beach Marine Terminal.