The aim of this project was to standardize and enhance the safety of the clients of the National Program for Home Ventilatory Assistance (NPHVA) using external battery systems to operate their portable ventilators in the home setting.
A partnership was formed between the McGill University Health Centre’s Biomedical department and the National Program for Home Ventilatory Assistance to identify Canadian Standard Association (CSA) recommendations regarding external battery systems for portable ventilators. Together we evaluated if the battery systems employed by our patient population met CSA standards and if these were safe for home usage. A cost analysis of available battery systems was also undertaken.
The findings demonstrated that there was no standard for complete battery systems but only for individual components. Furthermore, the analysis of existing battery systems demonstrated that even the individual components used did not always meet CSA standards making the battery systems employed potentially hazardous for clients in the home setting. The costs analysis of the systems used by the patient population showed that the cost was inordinate compared to the cost of a custom-made external battery system composted with CSA approved components.
This process allowed us to develop a custom-made external battery system that was composed completely of CSA approved components. In addition a preventive program for lead-acid batteries was also developed.
The use of the custom-made external battery systems with CSA approved components has eliminated the incidents associated with the initial systems used by the population. Since one year of implementation there has been less reported service calls regarding battery systems.
Brigitte Fillion, None.