In 2017, The Health Foundation is committed to providing the following equipment:
Respiratory therapy ventilators machines for ICU
The Foundation raised funds to buy these ventilators because two of the ventilators that are used in the ICU and for surgery had failed and needed to be replaced. This isn’t equipment a regional hospital can be without.
Equipment used in the ICU, surgery and surgical recovery room should be state-of-the-art; it’s what our neighbours, friends and family who might have to rely on that equipment need and deserve.
Ventilators are most often used during surgery if the patient is under anesthesia, and if a disease or condition impairs the patient's lung function.
If a patient has general anesthesia during surgery, he or she is likely be connected to a ventilator to ensure continuous breathing during surgery. Once the anesthesia wears off and the patient begins breathing on his or her own, the ventilator is disconnected. However, depending on the type of surgery, a patient could stay on a ventilator for a few hours to several days after your surgery. Most people who have anesthesia during surgery only need a ventilator for a short time, though.
Patients may also need a ventilator if a disease, condition, or other factor has impaired breathing. Many diseases, conditions, and factors can affect lung function. Ventilators keep provide the ability to breathe until the patient is stabilized. Examples of conditions include Pneumonia and other infections, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) or other lung diseases, upper spinal cord injuries, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), myasthenia gravis, and other conditions that affect the nerves and muscles involved in breathing, brain injury, or stroke.
This equipment has been purchased and is now being used.
These funds were raised early in the year and the new anesthetic machine has been purchased and is being used.
This equipment will be used for all babies but can also assist medical staff to address the needs of babies born with complications or that are at risk. In the last six years the number of babies born at the Yorkton Regional hospital has nearly doubled. With this increase there is also an increase in the number of babies born with complications. Some of those babies need medical care right away. The regional hospital needs some additional equipment and to upgrade some equipment to be better able to deal with those babies.
Basic equipment like infant resuscitation equipment, infant ventilators, infant warmers, and fetal heart monitors will enable medical staff to attend better to the needs of children born with complications.
The Health Foundation needs to raise another $15,000 to finish this project, at which time the new equipment will be ordered. The hope is to have this done by September 15. Your donation will help us get this new equipment in place.
Ophthalmic surgical microscope
This equipment will be the focus of our fundraising for the last three months of 2017.
A surgical microscope is required for cataract surgery. Approximately 400 cataract surgeries are performed each year at the regional hospital in Yorkton.
The surgical microscope that is currently being used is old and in need of replacement within the next year if we wish to continue having cataract surgery performed in Yorkton.
Sometime after age 50, most of us are likely to hear our eye doctor say, "You have cataracts." A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside the eye, causing vision loss that cannot be corrected with glasses, contact lenses or corneal refractive surgery. As frightening as cataracts might sound, modern cataract surgery usually can restore vision lost to cataracts — and often can reduce your dependence on eyeglasses as well.
Most cataracts are associated with the aging process and are common among older people. A majority of North Americans will have cataracts by 70 years of age. And the prevalence of cataracts in Canada is expected to grow significantly in the years ahead, due in part to the aging of the population.
Modern cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective surgical procedures performed today.
In cataract surgery, the lens inside your eye that has become cloudy is removed and replaced with an artificial lens to restore clear vision. The procedure typically is performed on an outpatient basis and does not require an overnight stay in a hospital or other care facility.