Close Your Eyes and Imagine

Imagine a child you love is in need of treatment at the IWK. You would want to know they are receiving the best possible care. The generosity of donors, like you, helps to ensure that the IWK has the newest and most advanced technology and equipment.

Last year you helped purchase vital equipment for Maritime patients, including stretchers and a trauma cart for the Emergency Department.

These new stretchers can be lowered to the floor to help patients safely ease off to a standing position or be transitioned into a wheelchair. Thicker mattresses provide greater patient comfort, and Big Wheel technology makes the stretchers easier to move.

In a critical emergency, care teams now have a new trauma cart to allow for quick and easy access to resuscitation equipment and other key supplies.

A measuring tape on the cart can quickly assess a patient’s height, which directs caregivers to a color-coded drawer. Each drawer contains all the equipment necessary for airway management and intravascular access to resuscitate the patient, based on their height and weight. This simple organization method improves care when every second counts.

Erik required a valve replacement and has undergone several balloon dilations in the Interventional Radiology Suite/ Cardiac Catheterization Suite to expand his arteries. He also receives regular dialysis to help clean his blood of the extra cholesterol.

By helping the IWK purchase the most up to date, specialized equipment, you are helping patients like Erik receive the best, nothing less for his treatment.

Another piece of equipment purchased through the support of donors like you is the Interventional Radiology Suite/ Cardiac Catheterization Suite.

This machine assists in the treatment of numerous patients throughout the IWK, including those requiring cardiac, nephrology, and neurology care. It uses a form of X-ray technology to watch a contrast agent injected into the body travel in real time.

This provides a minimally invasive way to see what is happening in the body allowing procedures such as cardiac angiography, biopsies, and abscess drainages to take place without surgery.

This suite is important to patients like 14-year-old Erik Dubay from Lower Sackville, NS. He has hyperlipidemia – a very rare condition that causes elevated levels of cholesterol in the blood. This condition increases the risk of disease of the blood vessels that can lead to stroke and heart disease.

Erik required a valve replacement and has undergone several balloon dilations in the Interventional Radiology Suite/ Cardiac Catheterization Suite to expand his arteries. He also receives regular dialysis to help clean his blood of the extra cholesterol.

By helping the IWK purchase the most up to date, specialized equipment, you are helping patients like Erik receive the best, nothing less for his treatment.

 

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