BREATHING EASY: Gympie Hospital nurse unit manager Kimberley Milner and Acting director of nursing Nicole White with the new BiPAP monitor.
BREATHING EASY: Gympie Hospital nurse unit manager Kimberley Milner and Acting director of nursing Nicole White with the new BiPAP monitor. Jacob Carson

New equipment gives patients room to breathe

MEDICAL staff and members of the community came together at Gympie Hospital today to celebrate the arrival of a new life-saving piece of equipment.

The Non-Invasive BiPAP monitor has been described by staff as an important and long sought after addition to the hospital.

"We'll be using this for life-threatening respiratory situations,” said Kimberley Milner, Nurse Unit Manager at Gympie Hospital.

"Basically when a patient comes in, we'll pop a mask on them and it delivers high-flow oxygen to them.”

The monitor has been designed for patients with respiratory complications, including chronic obstructive airways disease, pneumonia or sleep apnea.

The addition of the machine allows patients to be treated more comprehensively at Gympie.

"In the past we would have had to transfer them to either Nambour or one of our larger tertiary facilities,” Ms Milner added.

The funds to purchase the $38,000 monitor were raised through community efforts, including $25,000 from the Wishlist Jazz and Wine Festival.

"The money was raised through ticketing, fund-raising events and the contribution of various local businesses,” said Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe.

"We rallied the team in earnest to get this machine.”

Gympie Times


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