The day you and Scott left, I headed directly over to the NICU. I walked in to find the team resuscitating a 24 week micro preemie. They were not having much success, mostly because they could not get a good seal with the mask they were using, and their attempts at intubation were failing. When I walked in, I happened to have the 37mm anatomical silicone ultra preemie mask in my hand that you had given me to look at, and our division chief grabbed it from my hands and said, “that’s exactly what we need.” He took the mask, gave it to the RT, and the RT was able to obtain an incredibly tight seal with no ocular pressure and once FRC was established, the baby’s HR and oxygenation saturations came up enough to reattempt intubation. The intubation was then successful, and the baby stabilized. They kept the mask at the baby’s bedside, even though we had no approval for it, but the division chief said he would take responsibility for whatever happened, because it saved her life.
Just to make this story even more crazy. The following day her twin sister coded, and the RT grabbed the mask from the sister’s bedside and used it to facilitate her resuscitation as well. The division chief was on the email to value analysis, convincing them of the urgency of needing this mask in our NICU. It was approved 8/20/18 by value analysis, and we are anxiously awaiting its arrival.
Nice work to the gentleman that created and designed this mask! I saw with my own eyes how it saved a little girl’s life.
Jennifer Erkinger MS, RRT-NPS, AE-C, C-NPT
Pediatric Clinical Specialist
Neonatal ECMO Coordinator
Department of Respiratory Care
The Neo-Tee T-piece Resuscitator was very instrumental during our trip. We were able to use it to resuscitate infants who would not have survived otherwise. We are encouraged by the progress we have made over the past year and hope to see further improvements in Neonatal morbidities and mortalities in Ethiopia.
The Benefits of the Neo-Tee Verses the Self-Inflating Resuscitation Bag in the Delivery Room and NICU.
“When the Neo-Tee was first introduced to our NICU, I immediately saw this easy to use device was going to become the clinical standard to reduce mortality and morbidity in our unit. Self-inflating bags had many deficiencies, chief among these was its inability to maintain end expiratory alveolar volume which may lead to alveolar collapse and loss of alveolar recruitment. When used properly the Neo-Tee will help neonates transition to the LDRP rather than the NICU because their normal pulmonary mechanics have been restored in the delivery room using the Neo-Tee to increase pulmonary recruitment and alveolar stabilization.”
During the birth of my son Carson I got to experience first-hand how the products that Mercury provides to health care facilities affect the lives of patients and their families. My son was going into distress during his birth and the doctor and nurses made it very clear to my wife that they needed to get the baby out right away because his heart rate and O2 levels were dropping rapidly. We later learned that his umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck twice which was the reason for his distress. When the doctor got my son out, he looked blue and lifeless.
My wife and I sat for what seemed like an eternity waiting to hear a cry while the nurses worked on my son. When I hurried over to the station where the nurses were working on my son, I noticed that the nurse was removing a Mercury Medical Hyperinflation system from Carson’s face.
Carson now has a clean bill of health and is home from the hospital. I have a new appreciation for what we do every day here at Mercury, and I will be forever grateful for the help this company gave to my son to get his life started.