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Special care baby unit welcomes new ventilators

Posted on Thursday 22nd December 2011
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From left: Sue Whyte-Earl (Lead Paediatrics Nurse), Kathryn Thompson (Staff Nurse), Julie Percival (Sister) and Helen Jones (Staff Nurse) with one of the new ventilators

The Special Care Baby Unit at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle has welcomed the arrival of two new SLE4000 ventilators, thanks to charity donations they have received.

In recent years, there has been a 9% increase in babies requiring ventilation and specialist care, mainly due to increased fertility rates in women over the age of 40 and the availability of assisted conception. This increase has heightened the need to replace the almost 20 year-old ventilators which were becoming beyond economical repair. The new ventilators will benefit women admitted during the 25th week of their pregnancy or less, whose babies will require specialist care.

Sue Whyte-Earl, Lead Paediatrics Nurse, said: “On behalf of all of the staff in the Special Care Baby Unit, we would like to sincerely thank all of the parents and families who have generously given donations over the past few years to enable us to purchase these new ventilators.”