The Humpty Dumpty Foundation and Independent Grocers of Australia (IGA) have made a difference to the lives of children in Milton-Ulladulla and the Shoalhaven by donating more than $12,000 in neo-natal emergency care equipment.
Representatives presented an astodia diaphanoscope, valued at $2775, to Milton Ulladulla Hospital staff, a connex vital signs monitor, valued at $6200, and an MR850 humidifier, valued at $4180, to Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital on December 5.
All three pieces of equipment will be used in the hospitals’ emergency departments.
The astodia diaphanoscope vein illumination device uses LED lights to illuminate small blood vessels that are not easily seen in pre-term babies. This allows medical staff to quickly and accurately administer vital medicines. It also reduces the need for multiple attempts, which is less stressful for the baby. It is particularly useful when the veins are not visible due to dehydration, etc.
The connex vital signs monitor allows accurate assessment of vital signs like temperature, blood pressure and oxygen saturation levels in the paediatric setting. It will enable improved clinical outcomes. The reusable finger sensor allows for freedom of movement and provides the ability to care for children in multiple situations.
Humidifiers keep the air babies breathe moist which prevents the drying out of secretions and nasal passages. Babies suffering from lung infections and chronic bronchitis rely on humidified air and oxygen to breathe restfully and to clear any recurring respiratory problems.
“Their support to families in Milton-Ulladulla and Shoalhaven means children have access to medical equipment that is very much needed by the medical staff and, most of all, it is life-saving,” Humpty Dumpty Foundation founder and executive chairman Paul Francis said.
“I applaud this contribution to Milton Ulladulla Hospital and Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital as it demonstrates IGA’s commitment to the wider community.”