“Give me the best and I’ll provide the rest.” Equip for Excellence is a multi-million dollar campaign to enhance healthcare at Saskatoon City Hospital through the purchase of equipment, resources and technology. To date, almost four million has been raised. Major capital equipment purchases include a state-of-the-art, 3D mammography unit, an endoscopic ultrasound, a point-of-care ultrasound in the emergency department, and a vein viewer. The campaign also enabled a $2 million dollar upgrade and modernization of the hospital’s Surgical Pathology Lab.
As there will always be technological change and ways to better health care at Saskatoon City Hospital, the list of needed items remains.
Kinetik Driver Education Program
Frank remembers the sound of brakes screeching, too late. The rest is a blur.
A distracted driver plowed into him as he crossed the street.
Frank’s slowly recovering. There are daily struggles with physical and mental limitations. With frequent rehab visits and more at-home parenting duties, Frank realizes driving again would help. That’s a challenge with his new boundaries. The act of driving many take for granted isn’t easy for Frank.
You can help the hospital’s Kinetik Rehabilitation Program assess and train disabled drivers like Frank. Donate today to purchase a driving simulator for the Driver Evaluation Program.
The simulator determines people’s abilities to operate motor vehicles safely. It benefits those with cognitive, perceptual, physical, or medical limitations. It’s also useful for individuals who’ve never driven but have significant disabilities that require special adaptations.
“The simulator is ideal because we can measure such factors as legality, safety and courtesy,” says driving instructor Natasha Meger. “It measures ability to control a vehicle, anticipate and manage risk, and records driver performance. It teaches basic skills such as lane keeping and turning, or higher skills like hazard perception and collision avoidance.”
The simulator provides immediate feedback, matching scenarios to drivers’ specific needs, she adds. “This is crucial because Saskatchewan has many options for restricted driving that need to be factored into the assessment process. The simulator is simply a better, safer option for testing drivers.”
Slim Linear Scope
In place at Saskatoon City Hospital’s Endoscopy Suite for more than a year, the endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is a vital, well-used tool. One component – the slim linear EUS scope – is so needed that doctors have asked for a second one.
“Due to demand for the endoscopic ultrasound we’re using the current scopes quite a bit. It’s not uncommon that a scope will breakdown,” reports gastroenterologist Dr. Samson Haimanot.
“There’s also a washing cycle which takes 45 minutes so, when we have only one linear scope but several patients waiting for procedures, there can be significant delays. Occasionally, patient appointments have to be cancelled.
“A second scope will allow us to treat more patients and help them in their care.”
The slim linear differs from traditional linear endoscopic ultrasound scopes: it has a slimmer profile, making it easier and safer to pass into the esophagus. It can be used for cases where a sample of tissue is required, such as when we need to biopsy a lymph node or a mass – for example, pancreatic cancer.
“The scope we’re using was one of the first to be used in Canada,” Dr. Haimanot continues. “Most medical centers in Canada that do EUS procedures have one or two of these. The addition of another linear scope would allow us to be more efficient in delivering care to more patients and would optimize the limited resources of nursing staff to assist in these cases.”
$20,000 to $22,000
Can you give us a lift? How about four? New patient lifts are currently needed throughout the hospital – in Ambulatory Care, the Clinical Treatment Centre (CTC), the Sleep Disorder Lab, and the Emergency Department.
“Many lifts in the hospital are old while some departments didn’t have them because there wasn’t a demand before,” reports Carol Maduck, manager of the hospital’s Ambulatory Care department.
“The lifts also are needed in more departments because current Occupational Health and Safety rules require them,” Maduck adds, noting a more pressing reason for new lifts – patient comfort. “The lifts being used in nursing homes are generally newer and the same. What hospitals are trying to do is ensure we have the same type as these facilities.”
This means hospital staff can just connect the sling a patient has arrived in – whether in a mobility device, stretcher or hospital bed – rather than swapping out the slings, which can cause discomfort and even pain for many patients.
3S Health, the provincial body which oversees health acquisitions, has limited the number of manufacturers that health bodies throughout the province can purchase slings from to ensure a standard.
If you would like to discuss the items on this list or wish to see a more extensive list of needs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 306-655-8489 (toll free 1-800-603-4464).