Machines like this can save lives – please could you help us to purchase one?
A gentleman came to us recently with a disability which left him with fluid in his lungs and a very weak cough, so he could not naturally remove the fluid himself. He needed a Cough Assist Machine to keep his airways clear and safeguard his ability to breathe. As QAHH did not have this vital piece of equipment on our wards, he could not be admitted and had to go elsewhere. Needless to say, this was a very sad day for QAHH as we would have loved to have welcomed this gentleman into the QAHH family.
We would like to purchase a Cough Assist Machine, not only so that this situation does not reoccur, but also because such a machine can help some of our residents in the future.
Pictured above is a Cough Assist Machine. We know it may not look like much, but it actually saves lives and is vital equipment for those who have a weak or ineffective cough due to neuromuscular disease or cervical spinal cord injury.
It works by enabling fluids to be extracted quickly and painlessly from the throat or lungs, thus aiding breathing and preventing emergency hospital admission where a plastic tube would be inserted into the windpipe, which can be uncomfortable and very stressful.
Furthermore, those people with muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy and motor neurone disease often require the assistance of this machine in the later stages of their illness. Often, if someone needs the assistance of a machine like this, they can wait many weeks on the NHS – if we had one at QAHH they could benefit immediately.
The benefits of a Cough Assist Machine include:
● Assists in the removal of fluids from the lungs and throat to keep airways clear and aid breathing
● Reduces the occurrence of respiratory infections
● A safe, more comfortable and a non-invasive procedure, reducing the need for frequent suctioning
● Once staff are trained in its usage, it is very easy to operate
● Prevents A&E admissions by eliminating the need for residents to go to hospital and thus reducing the burden on our already overstretched NHS services
● Improves quality of life and can even save lives
To purchase this equipment, train staff to use it and maintain/service it will cost £6,060 in total. We are therefore appealing to our supporters to ask if you would be able to contribute to the purchase of this vital piece of equipment.
Once we have reached our £6,060 target we can purchase the machine. As a ‘thank you’ to those who help make this possible, we shall produce a roll of honour of all those who have donated, which will be displayed on our website and at QAHH for all residents, staff and visitors to see.