A state-run medical device manufacturer is offering free medical care to a nursing home patient who needs it.
The Maryland Medical Examiner’s Office says a nursing care facility in Montgomery County is facing financial hardship due to a shortage of oxygen-impeded ventilators.
The nursing home is using a device called a ventilator for the patient.
The patient’s condition is stable, but she is suffering from cardiac arrest and is in the hospital with severe breathing problems.
The nurse said the ventilATOR was used by a nurse who had been working at the nursing home since March, but her condition was not stable enough for her to stay at the facility.
So the nursing care worker was able to get the device and use it for a few hours, the Maryland Medical Examiners Office says.
The ventilatory unit is made of a metal cylinder with a mesh seal on the top, and a metal valve inside.
A special heating element heats the device to a certain temperature.
The device is designed to be used in emergency situations in a hospital setting.
The nursing home’s staff will not have access to the ventillator until it is completely cooled.
Maryland Medical Examiner’s Office spokesperson Mary-Ann Hagerty says the nursing facility was unable to find an oxygen-operated ventilater that meets the patient’s requirements.
The state will reimburse the nursing service for the cost of the ventilated oxygen system.