Providence Kodiak Island Medical
Center has a new piece of
equipment that will make it easier to provide hospital patients with a steady
supply of oxygen.
Providence spokeswoman Borghy Holm explained
why the hospital purchased the equipment.
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we received ... as a community.")
The oxygen concentration machine
draws in air from the atmosphere and concentrates the oxygen content in that
air up to 93 percent to make medical grade oxygen. The concentrated oxygen is
then available for use by hospital patients.
Thompson is the director of facilities at Providence.
He explained how the machine works.
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actual process ... into the building.")
to patients is that the hospital no longer needs to rely on the costly and
sometimes unreliable method of shipping in oxygen tanks to Kodiak from outside.
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does provide ...supplies of oxygen.")
The system has two emergency
backups. Dual generators can keep the machine operating and 85 bottles of high
pressure oxygen are kept in reserve in case there are problems with the
The new equipment will meet the
oxygen needs of the hospital but will not be used as a source for filling home
oxygen tanks as Holm explains.
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to regulations ...routine basis,no.")
The oxygen concentration system
was paid for with help from a Denali Commission matching grant. The 170,000
dollar grant came as the result of an initiative between Providence and the State of Alaska Hospital
and Nursing Home Association. Five hospitals in the state received the grants.