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New monitor observes County’s hospital patients under sedation

Pictured with the new monitor in the Endoscopy Department at the County Hospital, from left, are: Anaesthetist Dr. Jack McGugan, Shannon Reid, registered practical nurse, Surgeon Dr. Francesco Barnabi and Delores Chalmers, RN and team leader of the endoscopy department at PECMH. Briar Boyce photo

Pictured with the new monitor in the Endoscopy Department at the County Hospital, from left, are: Anaesthetist Dr. Jack McGugan, Shannon Reid, registered practical nurse, Surgeon Dr. Francesco Barnabi and Delores Chalmers, RN and team leader of the endoscopy department at PECMH. Briar Boyce photo

The Endoscopy Department at Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital is home to a new monitor designed to improve the observation of sedated patients undergoing a colonoscopy or gastroscopy procedure.

The GE B850 monitor was required for the hospital under new health care standards for patients undergoing sedation.

“This replacement will result in greater patient safety as the screen has a wide viewing angle so the medical staff can easily read critical data right at the bedside,” said Penny Rolinski, executive director of the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation. “It is a high-tech monitor with functions to help staff assess the tolerability of anesthesia in the operating room. The B850 Monitor will help our staff get accurate medical information, when and where they need it.”

PECMH is the low risk endoscopic centre for this region, performing 3,139 scopes in 2015. The replacement of scopes and equipment for this department is ongoing.

“Medical equipment is expensive and has a short lifespan,” said Rolinski. “Unlike many medical costs, equipment is not funded by the government; it expected that the community finances the replacement of medical equipment.”

The Foundation was able to purchase this monitor through the generosity of the Stark Family Fund. The grant, administered by a local selection committee, including Tim and Linda Beatty and family, of Bloomfield, is overseen by the Community Foundation for Kingston and Area and helped offset the $30,437 cost.

The monitor is part of the Foundation’s LIFE SAVER II Campaign for replacement equipment. Phase II of the LIFE SAVER Campaign focuses on acquiring medical equipment for the Endoscopy and Pharmacy Departments at PECMH at a cost of $201,022.

“Again, the Foundation is asking for the community’s generous support to help us equip our local hospital and thanks all those who have already stepped forward with their commitment to quality health care for the patients at PECM Hospital.”

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