A First Time for Everything

IMG_20130405_094608_792A couple months ago, you may remember a post where we found a dead mouse in a CPAP machine. Our new experience this month is an oxygen concentrator that has been shot. That’s right, our repair technician found that a concentrator had a bullet hole. Upon opening the machine, he found what damage had been done by the bullet and found the bullet fragments in the machine.

Apparently someone was frustrated with the machine (or at least that’s what we hope happened) and decided to shoot it. Although this might seem a bit funny, it does have safety concerns. A home health care company should follow-up an event like this to inquire about the safety of the home this machine came from. Not only are you concerned about those within the home, but the safety of company employees who visit the home. When all else fails, a home care company may notify the authorities as to the incident.

Laurie DeChello, MPH, CPH is the health educator and a co-owner of Altra Service Professionals, Inc. Laurie writes a health blog for the ASP website regarding issues related to respiratory illnesses and treatment. She is a certified technician repairing ventilators and sleep apnea equipment. She also assists in keeping the office running smoothly. Laurie previously taught courses in the health sciences with Kaplan University. She also taught public health courses at the University of Connecticut and performed epidemiologic research (the spread and control of diseases) also at the University of Connecticut for 11 years. She is widely published in the medical literature. Laurie lives in Florida with her amazing husband, two adorable boys and numerous animals on their small farm. She enjoys cooking and entertaining at her home. Laurie has her Master’s in Public Health and is also Certified in Public Health. If you have a public health question or would like more information about your illness, please contact her at LaurieD@altraservice.com. She is also available to develop and lead health seminars.