Equipment Helps Patients Breathe Easier

Thanks to Caregiver Fund Award

The Patient Experience and Employee Engagement Committee (PEEEC) recently approved a $7,630.00 Caregiver Fund request to purchase two V30 Auto Mobility Units, which was submitted by Respiratory Therapy.

The V30 units are the hospital equivalent of equipment patients use in their home to manage chronic COPD and shortness of breath. The V30 will enable Respiratory Therapy to transition patients to the home unit without the additional testing, which is currently required for insurance approval.

According to Jaclyn Sanford, Respiratory/Cardiopulmonary Lead, “when we order a home unit for a patient, it is delivered to the hospital where we keep the patient for a few days before discharge to optimize their settings. Having V30 units onsite could reduce their length of stay. Because the settings will be optimized it potentially prevents readmission.”

The V30 units will give Respiratory Therapists one more tool to provide high quality care to our patients and make sure they are receiving the proper respiratory support in the hospital and as they transition to home. Asante Ashland will be the first hospital within the system to offer this equipment.

The Caregiver Fund is an internal grant process, supported by donations from employees to the Ashland Community Hospital Foundation, to benefit employee ideas on ways to improve patient care, including quality, safety and experience.