Fair showcases life-saving equipment

Two defibrillators were among many items showcased at a donor fair at the High Prairie Health Complex Sept. 12. The High Prairie Health Care Auxiliary held the first-ever fair to show people where their donations were going, and the life-saving equipment. Above, left-right, are Todd Ewasiw, a staff member in the Biomedical Engineering Department, hospital site manager Olive Sonico, and public member Gary Welch.

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

Unfortunately, all the effort they do year after year sometimes goes unnoticed and unappreciated.

But not this year!

The public was given a chance to see exactly what the High Prairie Health Care Auxiliary does with the money it raises at first-ever donor fair Sept. 12.

Dozens of people attended the fair, where hospital staff and volunteers showcased some of the equipment purchased for the hospital.

A lift for use at Occupational Therapy, iPad for hospitalized children to play games, cuddle cot, shower caddy vein finder, and ECG machine were some of the equipment on display.

Auxiliary president Diana Oliver was very pleased with the number of people who attended to see the efforts of the auxiliary. She, like several others, guided people on tours where staff were more than willing to explain the purpose of each piece of equipment.

A few of the items were:

– a lift for use at Occupational Therapy to help patients. The unit can be taken home [borrowed] until the patient can afford one. It was donated by the auxiliary.
– a cuddle cot for use by families of deceased babies or ones who pass away shortly after birth. “We hope we’ll never have to use it,” says Oliver. It was donated by the auxiliary.
– shower caddies for patients to have a place to put their toiletries items. The plan is to eventually have one for each of the 36 rooms. It was donated by the auxiliary.
– a vein finder, donated by friends and family of Harold and Diana Oliver. It is very handy to find veins in dehydrated patients, babies, children, any person with small veins.
– an ECG machine [electrocardiogram], donated by friends and family of Denis Peyre. It does a tracing of the hearth rhythms.
– two defibrillators, donated by the auxiliary, to be used for cardiac arrest patients. It measures heart rate, searches for the pulse, reads oxygen saturation, and measures blood pressure.

The auxiliary will continue to raise money for the community to purchase even more vital equipment for the hospital.

The fair was held to showcase the auxiliary’s efforts and to inform the public where their donations were spent.

LPN Lisa Rose shows off the ECG machine, donated by friends and family of Denis Peyre. It does a tracing of the hearth rhythms.
Edward Yong, left, a staff member in the Biomed Department, uses a vein finder on High Prairie Health Care Auxiliary president Diana Oliver. It is used to find veins in dehydrated patients, babies, children, or any person with small veins.

 

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