Mobile respirator donation for Queen Victoria Hospital

Donation from fundraiser at Kawakubo Restaurant snowballs into new mobile ventilation machine for Queen Victoria Hospital.

A Sept. 10, 2021 gathering at Queen Victoria Hospital in Revelstoke to commemorate the donation of a new mobile ventilator system, pictured, to the hospital. Pictured from left: Dr. Cam Molder, FPA, FP-ESS, Lanny Kawakubo holding Airin, Shinji Kawakubo, Dr. Kirk McCarroll, FPA, Dr. Alex Farrugia, FPA & Head of Anesthesia at QVH, and Dr. Kurt Deschner, FPA. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

Staff and volunteers gathered at Queen Victoria Hospital on Sept. 10 to commemorate the donation of a portable ventilator system to the hospital.

The portable ventilator can be used during transportation of the patients. This includes patients suffering from COVID-19 and also other patients requiring ventilation.

The catalyst for the donation was a $9,793 donation to the Revelstoke District Health Foundation from Kawakubo Restaurant owner Shinji Kawakubo. The money was raised during a one-night fundraiser put on by the restaurant during the early days of the pandemic.

Steven Hui of the Revelstoke District Health Foundation said from there, they foundation built on the donation by successfully requesting $52,446 from the Canadian Medical Association to complete the purchase.

The ventilator unit comes with a military grade housing, making it rugged for transport.

There is no ICU in Revelstoke, but the hospital has two ventilators and one other portable ventilator.

For traumas and other serious medical incidents, the staff at Queen Victoria Hospital often serve to stabilize the patient before transporting them to other hospitals for specialized care.

After being stabilized in Revelstoke, trauma patients are often sent to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.

For respiratory and many other health issues, patients are stabilized here and transported to Vernon Jubilee Hospital where there is an ICU and respiratory therapy specialists, or to hospitals in the Okanagan.

The respiratory unit at Queen Victoria Hospital has been in use for several months, and staff said it had been used to transport patients with suspected COVID-19 infections.