Care Homes: Ventilators

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 1st July 2020.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many continuous positive airway pressure ventilators have been distributed to care homes since the outbreak of covid-19.

Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of supporting people in care homes with covid-19 using continuous positive airway pressure ventilators.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Although Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices can be used in the home setting to treat some long-term conditions, it is not suitable for use at home or in care homes to treat patients who are acutely unwell with COVID-19. This is because their installation and use requires a high level of technical and clinical support which can only be safely provided in a hospital setting. In normal circumstances, CPAP for COVID-19 would only be provided on specialist wards, such as respiratory wards or critical care units, where there is a high level of nursing and medical support, and where immediate medical support is available in the event that a patient deteriorates. Guidance on the use of CPAP devices can be found at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/specialty-guide-NIV-respiratory-support-and-coronavirus-v3.pdf

Between mid-March and mid-May 2020 around 3,000 more mechanical ventilators and over 8,000 non-invasive ventilators capable of delivering CPAP are now available to the National Health Service across the United Kingdom.

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