Victoria Hospital receives more vital signs monitors

Jodi Schellenberg
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As medical equipment is being used consistently, it needs to be replaced on a regular basis.

On Wednesday, the Prince Albert Corrections Charity Riders and the Victoria Hospital Foundation announced the purchase of two more vital signs monitors for Level Five, the Medical Palliative Floor, at the hospital.

The Riders consist of staff from Prince Albert Correctional Centre, Pinegrove Correctional Centre, Young Offenders Centre and Community Training Readiness.

The money to purchase the monitors was raised by the Riders. They raised more than $10,000 on their ride last year and each monitor costs about $5,000.

“They have done quite a lot for the hospital over the years,” said Rob Dalziel, executive director of the hospital foundation. “It helps worthy causes in the city and we think that is great. Over the years they have been very kind to us.”

“When we got together to organize the rides at the beginning we discussed who we are riding for and where the money is going,” said Jerry Jarvis, co-ordinator of the Riders. “The hospital here was on the top of the list for us and that is why we ended up choosing to ride for the Victoria Hospital.

“There are a lot of charities out there and they are all in need but this is one where unfortunately all of us will end up here some time,” he added.

The monitors have greatly helped the hospital already, Dalziel said, giving the staff the tools they need to help patients.

“It is all about patient care at the end of the day,” Dalziel said. “If they have the right equipment, they can do what they are trained to do.”

The monitors are on the foundation’s needs list for the hospital.

“When we work with a donor group, we try to match up the cost, the end result, with the fundraising capability and capacity,” Dalziel said.

Equipment only works for so long because it is constantly being used, he said.

“This hospital has been so busy that most of this stuff (lasts) five to seven years and we are finding (with) the level of use it is often five,” Dalziel said. “It just never gets turned off.”

Since the new monitors have come into play at the hospital, the staff members have been impressed with how well they work.

The new monitors are a great improvement from the old ones, nurse Darren Hunter said.

“We had old technology and old machines in the morning you would stand there and wait for the machine to pump up,” Hunter said. “We got these new machines now and it is about 30 seconds and we have all the vital signs we need, no waiting around at the bedside for the patient’s vital signs.”

Vital sign monitors are used every day, Hunter said.

“Every morning we take all our patients’ vital signs and all the information is relayed to the doctors,” Hunter said. “It has been awesome and we really appreciate it.”

 Dalziel said the equipment they have raised money for over the last 14 years has been part of a strategic campaign to “open up the bottlenecks and log-jams for patient care.”

“Equipment is part of the tools coupled with knowledge that our medical teams need,” Dalziel said. “We find, with new modern equipment for staff retention and staff recruiting, that is a bonus. It is all about patient care but that is one of the side benefits that we see. They are excited to be here and thankful for the equipment because now they can do what they are trained to do.”

Jarvis said Paul Miller is already in the process of planning this year’s ride and they will be donating to the Victoria Hospital again.

Organizations: Prince Albert, Victoria Hospital, Medical Palliative Floor

Geographic location: Pinegrove

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