Cabinet Peaks Medical Center adds device to help treat patients with lung disease

July 15—For many Lincoln County residents, lung disease and its debilitating symptoms are part of everyday life.

The cardiopulmonary department at Cabinet Peaks Medicals Center has purchased an intrapulmonary percussive ventilator (IPV) to help those admitted to the facility with symptoms of lung disease receive the care they need.

The IPV device allows respiratory therapists to provide better care and results in faster recovery from symptoms caused by pneumonia, COPD, bronchitis and many other lung problems.

It improves lung expansion by opening the airways and breaking up thick secretions while delivering lung medications deeper into the lungs, according to hospital information.

“The hospital admitted and treated over 200 patients with pneumonia last year alone. IPV has been shown to reduce hospital stays by 3-6 days per patient and provide a faster recovery period from COPD exacerbation,” said Alan Carmignani, CPMC Cardiopulmonary Director. “The IPV unit can also be used on pediatric and neonatal patients.”

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Carmignani acknowledged: “Our goal is to have the unit operational by the end of July, just in time for the fire season. It is especially important to our community and its history to continue to bring hospital-level care to our small-town community. “

For more information about the cardiopulmonary service, call 283-7191.

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