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Botsford Hospital Purchases Automatic Resuscitators as Preparation for Possible H1N1 Emergency

Farmington Hills, Mich. (November 6, 2009)---As part of Botsford Hospital’s preparation for a surge of patients due to the H1N1 flu or any pandemic that would cause an influx of patients, they have purchased more than 20 Vortran Automatic Resuscitators, called VAR-Plus™. 
 
The VAR-Plus™ is a disposable resuscitator meant for single patient use and is used for pediatric and adult patients. The unit provides consistent, reliable, hands-free ventilator support through a continuous flow of oxygen. It is best for delivering small volumes at high rates and is not intended for intensive care patients. 
 
John Darin, RRT, Botsford Hospital’s director of respiratory care services, says, “The VAR-Plus is specifically meant for a disaster or a surge of patients with respiratory failure and is an effective way to treat many patients at once if a pandemic does occur. Due to the high cost of ventilators, it is not economically feasible to stockpile full feature ventilators. The VAR-Plus gives us a practical alternative to ventilator shortages and would free up our standard critical care ventilators for those patients who need it most.” 
 
The VAR-Plus™ is required to be used by properly trained personnel. Botsford Hospital’s respiratory therapists are already trained to use this device. In addition, a training session will be held for Emergency department residents next week. Darin says, “This training will help us better prepare for a possible pandemic. The ER residents are often among the first providers to manage patients when they come to the hospital, so this will be an additional step to speed up the time patients will be connected to a breathing device.”

Beaumont Health is a not-for-profit organization formed by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare to provide high-quality, efficient, accessible services in a caring environment for southeastern Michigan residents and beyond. As one of Beaumont Health's eight hospitals, Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330-bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center, a comprehensive care cancer center and an extensive medical education program---part of Michigan State University's Statewide Campus System. Annually, Botsford cares for about 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of approximately 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and 600 physicians.

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