Did you know that the provincial government provides hospitals with operating expenses but ALL equipment must be funded by other sources?
Each year the Almonte General Hospital and Fairview Manor asks the Foundation to raise enough money to meet it's annual capital budget of approx. $300,000. These funds are used to purchase much-needed equipment for Hospital patients and Fairview Manor residents. Below are some of the essential items you, our donors have helped provide in previous years.
In 2016 the Board of Almonte General Hospital and Fairview Manor asked the Foundation to raise $4 million. The Hospital's ultrasound and x-ray equipment were no longer adequate and needed to be replaced urgently. In addition, CT scans have become the standard of care, especially in emergent cases. The Foundation accepted the challenge and announced it's public campaign in May 2017.
"PUT YOURSELF IN THE PICTURE" a $4 million campaign dedicated to the replacement and purchase 2 digital x-ray machines, 2 ultrasound machines and a CT scanner to ensure our patients, residents and community have the best in diagnostic imaging services.
$1 million has already been raised.
nOW, WE INVITE you TO "Put Yourself in the Picture" AND HELP PROVIDE your family, neighbours and communitY THE CARE THEY NEED RIGHT HERE AT HOME.
2016-17 Capital equipment list
Baby Weigh Scale - $8,000
This scale is able to weigh babies at delivery and every 24 hours that they are in our unit. It has circulating warm air so that heat loss is minimal.
Labour & Delivery Bed - $17,500
This bed is able to accommodate a laboring mother through to delivery. It has the ability to break apart when the lower half of the bed is not needed and also has comfortable foot pads and stirrups if needed. The bed is electric so that positioning of all parts is done easily and quickly to support patient comfort as well as obstetrical emergencies. In addition, the bed is equipped with the unit’s nurse call bell system integrated into the finger touch pad on the bed to support the patient with ease of access to the nurse call bell system.
Overhead Lights - $15,000
At times extra lighting is needed in the labour room. The overhead light provides enhanced angled lighting to support better visibility of the patient for physicians, midwives and nurses.
Bladder Scanner - $15,000
This device is like an ultrasound machine. With it we are able to look at the bladder to see how full it is. Without this piece of equipment we would have to insert a catheter into the bladder to get the same information. This less invasive procedure reduces both patient anxiety and the potential risk of infections for patients. In addition, the scanner is portable so it can easily be taken into any patient room in order to perform the procedure.
Storage for Resus & Triage - $35,000
In emergency department resuscitation rooms and triage areas seconds can mean the difference between positive and negative outcomes. It is very important that equipment is stored in a highly organized way to ensure all emergency department staff can rapidly access equipment with ease. Storage space in the hospital's emergency room is limited. This specialized storage equipment will strengthen how equipment is organized in the emergency department to support the provision of rapid emergency response.
Urethrotome - $20,000
A urethrotome is the current best practice equipment used to most effectively and efficiently open up narrow urethral passages for individuals who are having difficulty urinating. A delay in this procedure can cause an increase in bladder and kidney infections.
Laproscopic Equipment - $6,800
Operations that can be done laparoscopically (done through small incisions in the abdomen) instead of an open incision generally decrease the patient’s recovery time and length of hospital stay.
Beds and Mattresses (four) – $26,000
Hospital beds and mattresses need to be in good condition to ensure patient comfort and safety, as well as staff safety. A quality assurance program is in place to identify beds and mattresses that require replacement each year.
Sit to Stand Lift – $10,000
This lift helps to promote patients independence and physical functioning when they are transferred in and out of bed and to a chair. This lift encourages patients to use their own physical strength, in a way that helps to protect them, as well reduces the risk of back injuries for nursing staff.
Ceiling Lift for double room - $20,000
This lift is installed on the ceiling above the beds in patient rooms and is used to transfer patients who are not able to walk or stand/weight bear anymore. This lift supports safe, comfortable transfers for patients, and reduces the risk of back injuries for nursing staff.
Tub Chair with commode - $12,000
This is a specialized chair that supports the safe transfer of a patient into a tub and can also be used as a portable toilet for patients that are unable to weight bear and transfer safely onto a toilet.
Recliner Bike - $4,000
A recumbent bicycle is a bicycle that places the rider in a laid-back reclining position. Most recumbent riders choose this type of design for ergonomic reasons; the rider's weight is distributed comfortably over a larger area, supported by back and buttocks. On a traditional upright bicycle, the body weight rests entirely on a small portion of the sitting bones, the feet, and the hands.
Therapeutic Ultrasound - 2 at $7,000 each
Ultrasound is applied using the head of an ultrasound probe that is placed in direct contact with skin via a transmission coupling gel.
Therapeutic ultrasound has been shown to cause increases in: healing rates, tissue relaxation, tissue heating, local blood flow, scar tissue breakdown. The most common conditions treated with ultrasound include soft tissue injuries such as tendonitis (or tendinitis if you prefer), non-acute joint swelling and muscle spasm. Most muscle and ligament injuries can benefit from therapeutic ultrasound.
We have three ultrasound machines in the Physiotherapy department and one in Fairview Manor. Two of them are not functioning to their full capacity. We use these machines on a daily basis and urgently need new ones.
Lower Body Exerciser - $5,800
The active passive exerciser is a motor-assisted exercise device, fully wheelchair accessible and comes with built-in feedback software for exercise training. It offers passive, active and active with assistance/resistance exercise modes.
Offering upper and lower body exercise, as well as an extensive list of optional accessories to assist and support extremities, users of nearly any physical condition including paralyzed or sedentary patients can benefit from movement exercise with this equipment. This can be used by our elderly, neurological and deconditioned population. It will be well used by all our patients.
Ceiling Lifts – $5,198
Ceiling lifts support the safe movement of patients from bed to wheelchair and back. They are more comfortable for patients, as the patient is cradled in a sling during transport. In addition, they are safer and easier for staff to use, as they are operated by remote control and do not require the physical push/pull effort required when using a floor lift.
Sit to Stand Lift - $5,500
This type of lift is freestanding and can be moved from room to room including to and from bathrooms. It is an essential rehabilitative piece of equipment that allows maximum independence for patients who cannot stand unsupported for long enough periods to accomplish some tasks such as toileting. Patients’ feet are placed on a platform; a sling is applied to secure the patient and then secured to the lift, while being powered by a motor and controlled by a hand-held remote. Patients are assisted and supported to the standing position. This improves and maintains lower body strength and promotes optimal levels of independence in terms of activities of daily living.
Hilo beds and mattresses - $6,000
These beds and therapeutic surfaces help to heal patients with moderate to severe skin breakdown and/or pressure ulcers. They are also used to prevent the development of such problems for those identified on admission as high risk. The remotes and half rails promote independence and improve safety as they can be programmed to alert staff that there is a potential problem: i.e. a patient with significant fall risk is attempting to get up unassisted (alarm sounds and rings to staff pagers).
Roam Alert - $25,000
The Roam Alert system is a complete upgrade of existing equipment as the current pieces are now obsolete. Roam Alert protects residents with cognitive decline, dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease who wander and or no longer have the judgement to recognize that they are not safe outside of the building unaccompanied.
FVM staff apply a bracelet/watch to the wrist of these residents, so that if they wander too close to a door to the exterior an alarm sounds and the doors lock. At this time no one can get in or out until someone responds to the alarm. The system itself and most components including door key pads, antennas, controllers, computers, as well as software needs to be replaced and upgraded.
Maxi 500 Lift -$6,000
Ceiling lifts are essential to help to move residents with moderate to severe mobility issues. These lifts allow staff and residents more room to maneuver other equipment within the space during care times such as wheelchairs, beds, and even a bath stretcher. Residents can be moved to and from their beds to these other surfaces/equipment while eliminating any stress or strain on the patient. It improves care and reduces any chance for injury to resident or staff during transfers. Slings are attached to the resident and then to the lift, while being powered by a motor and controlled by a hand-held remote.
Sit to Stand Lift - $5,500
This type of lift is freestanding and can be moved from room to room including to and from bathrooms. It is an essential rehabilitative piece of equipment that allows maximum independence for residents who cannot stand unsupported for long enough periods to accomplish some tasks such as toileting. Residents’ feet are placed on a platform, sling is applied to secure the resident and then secured to the lift, while being powered by a motor and controlled by a hand-held remote. Residents are assisted and supported to the standing position. This improves and maintains lower body strength and promotes optimal levels of independence in terms of activities of daily living.
Hilo Beds and Mattresses - $6,000
These beds and therapeutic surfaces help to heal residents with moderate to severe skin breakdown and/or pressure ulcers. They are also used to prevent the development of such problems for those identified on admission as high risk. The remotes and half rails promote independence and improve safety as they can be programmed to alert staff that there is a potential problem: i.e. a resident with significant fall risk is attempting to get up unassisted (alarm sounds and rings to staff pagers).