L-R: Kelly Henderson

L-R: Kelly Henderson

Auxiliary buys new equipment for ER

The Ashcroft Health Care Auxiliary has purchased two new items for the local Emergency Room.

Recently members of the Ashcroft Health Care Auxiliary met with Kelly Henderson, Ashcroft Health Site’s Programme Director, and staff to formally present two new pieces of ER equipment; the Broselow Pediatric Cart and the Vital Signs Monitor.

The Broselow Cart gives our Emergency Room a well-organized and efficient way of providing information and equipment for use by the physicians and the nursing staff when caring for a sick child. All the requirements for emergency resuscitation are contained on this colour coded cart. The colour coding gives the staff a handy quick referencing for size specific items.

Having the cart makes it easy for doctors and nurses  to use and replace equipment as needed.

The Welch Allyn Connex Vital Signs Monitor is an advanced, touch screen monitor featuring vivid colours which display blood pressure, pulse rate, pulse oximetry and temperature. This machine is capable of continuous monitoring, has a paper printout and a memory. The advantage of the memory on the machine is that care providers can see what the patients trend is like with vital signs – this is critical in the emergency as it gives a time sensitive picture of trends with how the patient is actually doing over time. It creates a high level of ease and accuracy when monitoring vital signs.

During the past two and a half years the Auxiliary has donated in excess of  $85,000 to our Local Health Site, Royal Inland Hospital and several other Health Care facilities that our community members now need to use.

All this made possible by the great and generous donations of the community to our Thrift Shop.

Irene Trueman