HEALTH NOTEBOOK: Respiratory Care students train on neonatal ventilator

Blessing-Rieman respiratory students Kim Hiatt , left, and Teddi Neil work with the Drager Babylog VN500 ventilator. | Submitted Photo
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Apr. 16, 2018 9:15 am

QUINCY -- The luck of the draw is helping Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing and Health Sciences students be better prepared to care for younger patients.

Mark Lotz, the program director of the Blessing-Rieman Respiratory Care program, won a special ventilator while attending the recent American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) World Congress. Lotz was selected as the recipient of a Drager Babylog VN500 neonatal ventilator in a random drawing.

The ventilator is used to help premature babies breathe. It is valued at $12,500.

"These ventilators are so expensive that most respiratory care education programs cannot afford to buy them," Lotz said.

The Drager Babylog VN500 is capable of providing the latest modes of ventilation to even the smallest and most critically ill neonate. It will allow the Blessing-Rieman's respiratory care students to practice adjusting settings and trying different breathing modes in order to prepare them to participate in Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit clinical experiences.

In addition, nursing students will be able to participate in simulations designed to help them understand and be comfortable with the care necessary for individuals on a ventilator.

"One of the reasons so many premature babies survive today is because of the development of these ventilators, which are used to support respiration until the baby's lungs are developed enough to allow normal breathing," Lotz said. "The reason neonatal ventilators are so important is because premature babies have very small lungs that can easily be damaged by the pressure of ventilators designed for adults."


Restrictions lifted at Blessing

Flu-related visiting restrictions have been lifted at Blessing Hospital.

The number of cases of the flu have fallen below the designated "regional outbreak" level, a release from Blessing officials said.

Since the flu season began in late 2017, people under the age of 16 have been restricted from visiting patients at Blessing Hospital for the protection of both the visitors and the patients.


Zanger selected as DAISY recipient

Registered Nurse Beth Zanger is the 27th Blessing Hospital nurse to receive the international DAISY Award.

Through the DAISY award program, patients or their family members, visitors, doctors, hospital staff members or volunteers may recognize the care provided by nurses.

Zanger was nominated by a patient to whom she provided care during his two-week stay on the 2 South Medical/Surgical nursing unit. The nomination read in part, "Beth was my biggest cheerleader when I had good days and she felt badly when I didn't. She was very good to my wife, answering her questions and getting her what she needed. Beth treated us like family."

Zanger received a certificate, DAISY Award recipient pin, hand-carved stone sculpture entitled, "A Healer's Touch" sculpted in Africa specifically for DAISY Award recipients, and a DAISY Award banner to display in her department.

DAISY stands for "Diseases Attacking the Immune System."

DAISY Award nomination forms are located on all nursing units throughout Blessing Hospital, other locations on the 11th Street campus and online at