BI-PAP EMERGENCY BACKUP !
For the past 15 Years I have used successfully Bi PAP + OXYGEN Therapy to assist Kypho Scholiosis related breathing issues in the care of an NHS Hospital
Recently I succumbed to CAP (community acquired pneumonia)
TUESDAY 23rd AUGUST I felt unwell and unusually went back to bed.
WEDNESDAY I noticed a slight wheeze from my chest, I commenced taking emergency backup supply of antibiotics provided by my consultant
Returned to bed staying on my Bi PAP extremely tired ! Paramedic and Doctor attended me !
THURSDAY Not responding to medication my partner called 999 !
AMBULANCE Crew Paramedic arrived very quickly at 2145 HRS Assessing I needed to go to A&E immediately ! At this time my Bi PAP was breathing for me !
Ready to go to Hospital ! Removing my Nasl Mask I staggered out of bed now totally unable to breath on my own & was quickly put back on my Bi PAP enabling me to breathe again !
Ambulance crew immediately assessed the situation asking !
“Where was my Bi PAP Backup Pack” !
Now very disorientated I indicated that did not have one !
I pointed at my machine which had the Hospital Telephone No. Printed on it !
Ambulance staff rand the hospital SLEEP LAB !
YES ! They had a battery powered Bi PAP / NO ! Refused its loan to me !
I feared the worst !
My partner who had heard the telephone conversation was now extremely distressed !
Ambulance staff Eventually secured it’s loan. Paramedic would be allowed to pick it up but he must guarantee its immediate return when I arrived at A&E which he did THANK YOU paramedic
I reached A&E @ The HOSPITAL 2350 HRS !
Meanwhile Ambulance staff had booked a room with a power point in A&E
The A&E is a three minute road trip from my home !
I arrived safely at A&E put back on my own machine & the paramedic immediately returned the battery powered unit
Very skilled liaison from ambulance staff with A&E Triage _
Then having to hold my breath ! Turned OFF ! My machine & we did an emergency dash to RESUS 4 & Re connected power to my machine _
RESUS 4 Attended by Dr and Colleagues very quickly checked : OXYGEN / ECG / BLOOD GASSES / INTRAVENOUS ANTIBIOTICS ADMINISTERED / X-RAY / STABILISED / BED ORDERED !
FRIDAY 0250 HRS Advised I would be transferred to NIV WARD High Dependancy Unit
0400 HRS ambulance staff visited to see if I was OK in A&E !
That was nice and appreciated by me ! THANKS AGAIN
FRIDAY AM ! A pleasant young man arrived with battery powered Bi PAP quickly transferred my settings & we set off to WARD 6X
Now in the care of Consultant & Medical Team + Physiotherapists
Advised & kept informed at every step of their medical care ! THANK YOU
TUESDAY 30th August 1400 HRS Discharged home to recuperate in the hands of my wonderful Loving and Caring partner LESLEY ! THANK YOU xxx
NB this scenario was more intense & involved than it will appear in this Blog !
ENSURE you have a BACKUP PLAN ! KEEP all Medication / Medical notes in one place !
Preferably in your bedside cabinet ! Stay safe & well as winter approaches !
To Everyone mentioned THANK YOU !