Long term acute care with HAMILTON-C1 at BridgePoint Hospital

BridgePoint Hospital National Harbor is a long-term acute care facility with 82 beds located in Washington DC. BridgePoint provides patient-centered individualized care for patients who require longer hospitalization in a post acute care setting with the goal of ensuring patients receive advanced innovative and safe treatment, BridgePoint replaced its ventilator fleet in 2015 with 20 new HAMILTON-C1 Ventilators. I’ve been in respiratory for over 20 years and I’ve used different vents and when I ran into the HAMILTON it was a surprise. I like the fact that it was small compact and it came loaded. The features that the HAMILTON-C1 offer that I didn’t have with the current ventilator in house is that we used it as a BiPAP and that’s very cost-effective for our facility. Because later on, if the patient has to be intubated, we can intubate the patient and use the same machine and then you don’t have to run around and don’t waste time. When we have to intubate a patient and not switching out equipment that’s a great plus with that and then also we find it very useful where we transport patients. What surprised me the most about the HAMILTON-C1 was the battery lasting for four hours so it made it better for patients to transport them without having to bag them and then some of our patients we’ve taken them outside so those patients could go in the day room and still be on their breathing machine. I like that about it. We just found it easier previously to use an ambu-bag to transport the patients but with the HAMILTON-C1 we don’t have to disconnect and the therapists and staff they find it user-friendly. Very easy. That also would reduce Ventilator aquired pneumonia too. You know you don’t have to unhook your circuit and then hook back on. You don’t have to introduce for example like bacteria and al those back to the Patient. It introduced a new mode of therapy: ASV. We’re looking at it as a one-stop mode instead of using several different modes. So we look at cutting back settings on a ventilator and also just being more assertive with our patients and allowing them to wean themselves. It will not only aid in assisting my patients getting off the ventilator weaning him off the ventilator but it also will free me up some because I don’t have to go back and adjust this and adjust that. With the ASV mode, we just have a little more time to spend with other patients. And then it also takes some worries away from you, as you can move on to the next patient. This is because you must not be worried that when the patient needs help the machine automatically would give the help.

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