YOUNG patients at Blackpool Victoria Hospital are to benefit from new state-of-the-art monitoring equipment thanks to a national charity.
MedEquip4kids, the children’s health charity which works to provide equipment and facilities in hospitals, has donated close to £7,000 to the Children’s Ward to purchase six Masimo Radical 97 Saturation Monitors with accessories to replace old monitors.
The Children’s Ward at Blackpool Victoria Hospital provides treatment and care to approximately 8,000 babies and children each year. Many of these are admitted with respiratory problems and need to have their oxygen levels closely monitored. All babies under one year old are routinely monitored during their stay on the ward.
Practice Development Sister on the ward, Louise Paramel, said: “The Masimo Radical 97 Saturation Monitor has the latest technology to accurately read a child or small baby’s oxygen levels whilst also detecting movement.
“This ensures the alarm does not falsely sound as the child stops moving around. These monitors will therefore accurately and reliably identify when a child or baby’s respiration is deteriorating and is in need of additional support or oxygen.
“We have had fantastic support from MedEquip4Kids over the years and we cannot thank them enough for this donation. It will make a huge difference to our patients.’’
Evelyn Glarvey from MedEquip4Kids said: “We are very grateful to the Fylde Soroptimists for their generous donation to MedEquip4Kids which enabled us to provide the children’s ward with this vital equipment.
“We believe every child should have access to the best equipment when they need it most and it was good to see the difference we are making to young patients on this visit.”
MedEquip4Kids was founded in 1985, and since then the charity has raised more than £20 million for equipment and resources to improve children’s health.
This donation is the latest in a long list of charitable support that MedEquip4Kids has made to Blackpool Victoria Hospital. To support MedEquip4Kids and the great work they do visit/www.medequip4kids.org.uk or call 0161 798 1600.