(LINDSAY) For those who live every day with congestive heart failure (CHF), the fear of losing their breath while their lungs fill with fluid is all too real. However, Kawartha Lakes EMS introduced a new device this week that will greatly improve the treatment of patients suffering from CHF and other similar afflictions.
The device, called the Boussignac Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) System, is a tool that will be used by area paramedics in responding to medical emergencies. The CPAP looks a lot like a normal oxygen mask, and it s attached firmly to the patient s face, over their nose and mouth. It then expands a patient s airway and helps push air through to the lungs.
The CPAP, received on Monday, March 29, was put to use for the first time by Kawartha Lakes EMS Tuesday afternoon.