Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Receives $180,000 Gift from San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

Share Article

Generous gift will benefit patients in the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units

Thanks to the vision of San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and their generous gift...we can ensure better health outcomes for our most vulnerable and fragile patients.

Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH) received a gift of $180,000 from San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to purchase several highly advanced SERVO-I Ventilators for the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units.

“Thanks to the vision of San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and their generous gift, LLUCH is grateful for the ability to purchase at least four new SERVO-I ventilators for use in our intensive care units,” said LLUCH administrator, Zareh Sarrafian. “With this advanced mode of ventilation we can ensure better health outcomes for our most vulnerable and fragile patients.”

According to Douglas Deming, MD, physician in chief of the NICU at LLUCH, hundreds of children in the pediatric and neonatal intensive care units have illnesses and injuries severe enough to require mechanical ventilation in order to sustain life. “Babies in the NICU require ventilation due to conditions such as prematurity; the ventilators are a vital tool in their treatment and survival,” he said.

“More importantly, the mode of ventilation for a tiny baby makes a difference to their long-term health outcomes. By providing the most appropriate mode of ventilation to infants, they can be weaned off mechanical ventilation sooner, decreasing the possibility of long-term damage to their lungs and improve their ability to breathe independently.”

The SERVO-I Ventilator has a specific mode of ventilation most appropriate for neonatal and pediatric intensive care patients. It is the only such device that delivers the Neurally Adjusted Ventilatory Assist (NAVA) mode of ventilation, which provides a more intuitive method of breathing for and with a patient. Using a probe that is lowered into the patient’s stomach, the equipment measures the patient’s electrical activity, and the ventilator senses when the brain is telling the diaphragm to take a breath.

Traditional ventilators react to the negative air pressure or vacuum created when a patients tries to breath, and is often out of sync with the patient’s actual breathing; Whereas the NAVA mode allows a fast response time for the ventilator to breathe for the patients, decreasing the potential for a patient to “fight” against the ventilator.

# # #

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Visit website