“Save Lives with Cardiac Care” Campaign
Did you know the leading cause of death in our region is attributed to complications arising from heart attacks?The good news is our charity is about to undertake an ambitious campaign to help save lives!
Our “Save Lives with Cardiac Care” Campaign, launched this past February, will have a three-pronged approach – the first dealing with early detection and prevention. The second dealing with life threatening issues while the patient is in transport. The third and final aspect dealing with diagnosis and treatment at the hospital.
The cardiac campaign will support the purchase of an Automatic Resuscitation System (CPR) for victims of sudden cardiac arrest. The AutoPulse CPR device will allow the paramedic in the back of an ambulance to deal with other life-saving interventions such as IV access, medication administration, intubation and defibrillation. We will provide three units to be stationed on each ambulance at Baie Verte, Springdale and Grand Falls-Windsor.
For your regional health centre, we plan to provide:
Blood Pressure Monitoring System for the Ambulatory Department for patients undergoing medical procedures. In the most basic sense, blood pressure is a way of measuring how much force is being exerted on the walls of your blood vessels (artery) as blood flows through them. Blood pressure is important because if your blood pressure is high, it is putting extra strain on your arteries and on your heart. This may also cause a heart attack or stroke. The Ambulatory Department monitors patient blood pressure while the patient is undergoing a medical procedure. This department performs IV therapies, phlebotomies, blood transfusions and platelet receiving. These procedures are performed 5 days a week. The blood pressure monitor is also used to check vitals for patients attending physician specialist clinics such as Neurology and Urology.
Transport Ventilator. In critical care settings, the most urgent patient needs take top priority. Sometimes, that means quickly transporting the patient to another care area for specialized attention. A Transport Ventilator is one piece of equipment that may be a necessity in one of these situations. The device is used to help people who cannot breathe independently. It is designed for use with patients on life support for intra-hospital movement. It is also used when patients are being transported to another facility for further treatment by road or air ambulance. This equipment will be the first for our regional health centre.
Infant Cardiac Monitors. Cardiac physiology is unique in neonates and infants; there are several physiologic changes that occur in the first weeks of life. Bedside monitoring enhances the ability to detect changes in heart rates and rhythms that can be early signs of sepsis or a sign of other cardiac abnormalities. Caregivers can use these measurements to determine how the baby or child is doing, and help make decisions regarding treatments and medicines.
Remote Cardiac Monitoring System for Non-invasive Cardiology. The prevention and early detection of cardiac conditions is greatly increased through remote cardiac monitoring of patients. How it works: a physician orders monitoring and the patient receives the Telesense monitor. Patient and auto-triggered arrhythmias are sent automatically via wifi transmission; patient event data is sent in real time via internet. Preliminary reports are then provided to the physician and other clinicians enabling prompt and informed decisions. Currently, all patients needing this type of monitoring have to travel to St. John’s.
If you are able, please consider a gift to help save lives. Every little bit helps. You can make your secure online donation by clicking the Donate Now button on this website or going directly to our CanadaHelps online donation form at bit.ly/give4hearts; or by printing our Donor Card and send vial mail.
You can also help us promote our cardiac campaign from the safety and comfort of your home by sharing our social media posts with your friends and family; or you can set up a peer-to-peer fundraising page. Contact us and we will gladly help with any of your fundraising ideas. Follow us on social media at www.facebook.com/schf83.
Thank you, as always, for supporting the South and Central Health Foundation. I wish you and your loved ones safety, comfort, and all my best as we face the months ahead together as a community.