Victoria Hospital receives vital signs monitors

Jodi Schellenberg
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Last week, the Victoria Hospital received some specialized equipment the staff have been asking for.

The vital signs monitors the Victoria Hospital Foundation purchased with the funds raised at the O.K. Hjertaas Golf Tournament arrived at the hospital last week and are already being used by the staff.

The Victoria Hospital Foundation bought a total of 15 vital signs monitors for the hospital in Prince Albert with the funds raised from the O.K. Hjertaas Golf Tournament in August.

“There were 15 but four of them were already deployed to areas that needed them right away,” said Rob Dalziel, executive director of the Victoria Hospital Foundation. “A couple went up to the pediatrics floor. They were distributed to different areas of the hospital that needed them.”

Although the hospital did have vital signs monitors, they were getting old and needed to be replaced, Dalziel said.

“There is just so much pressure on this hospital dealing with the volume of patients and the old machines we have are wearing out,” he said. “They run 24/7.”

About a year ago when two vital signs monitors were bought with funds from a different fundraiser, a nurse told the hospital foundation they could “use about 20 more of these,” Dalziel explained.

“We kind of remembered that and when we were meeting with the golf tournament to plan last August’s golf event one of the things we mentioned was maybe we should direct the funds from the Hjertaas Golf Classic to buying vital signs monitors,” Dalziel said. “They are about $5,000 a pop. The committee agreed with that.”

The monitors help the nurses and doctors with patient care.

“They take your heart rate, your blood pressure, temperature and your blood oxygenation,” Dalziel said. “They are kind of like an all-in-one workstation. They are really slick.”

The Hjertaas Golf tournament, named after an influential local doctor, raises money each year for something at the Victoria Hospital, Dalziel said.

“The focus of where the money raised goes changes to different medical equipment and different parts of the hospital,” he said.

The committee was glad they could raise enough funds to buy 15 monitors.

“Our golf committee, they are all volunteers from the community, they are just so pleased that we have had so much support for the annual golf event, whether it is golfers raising money, people donating money to the golf event or sponsors that help us shoulder the cost of running that event,” Dalziel said.

He said the golf tournament has been a very successful fundraiser and there are a few reasons for that.

“What we are seeing is people are starting to gravitate towards supporting charities where they can see the result right in their own backyard,” Dalziel said. “Obviously health care is important to everyone everywhere -- that’s no different in this part of the world.

“The hospital serves a very wide geographic region so people kind of get it,” he added. “You hope you never have to use that stuff but if you do, you are really glad it’s here and the equipment is modern.”

He said the staff at the hospital also appreciate the equipment.

“It lets them do what they are trained to do. It is reliable, efficient and it helps them give better health care.”

Organizations: Victoria Hospital

Geographic location: Prince Albert

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