Your gifts will support a bladder scanner in the hospital’s Convalescent Unit (CU).
The unit fills a gap for patients who need more care and time in their recovery, yet no longer require traditional acute care.
“The majority of our population is 65-plus,” reports Tyrone Okrainetz, manager of the 30-bed unit. “Because of this, they’re at a greater chance for urinary retention, which can lead to problems such as urinary tract infections (UTI). Because our goal is to be the bridge between acute care and being back home, we strive to ensure patients are using the washroom independently. The bladder scanner will help achieve that.”
Currently, patients in the unit need to be catheterized to monitor urinary retention, he says. “This is invasive and not at all pleasant. It’s time consuming to insert and remove – plus there’s a chance of developing a UTI with a catheter.”
Okrainetz says the bladder scanner is a hand-held, portable ultrasound. “It’s instantaneous, non-invasive, more convenient and comfortable for our patients. It frees up staff time to provide other care.”
There are other bladder scanners at the hospital but they’re frequently in use when the Convalescent Unit needs to borrow them. “It’d be better to have a dedicated unit,” Okrainetz says. “Our occupancy rate always runs close to 100 per cent. We’re likely using it three to four times every week.
“Our intention is to share the bladder scanner with Transitional Care, which is next to the CU. So having it will help another 30 patients.”
Dr. Vicki Cattell, whose father was a recent CU patient, has offered the first donation of $2,000. “My dad was in the unit in December and January. He spoke highly of the many nurses who chatted with him, assisted him during the night and walked with him. They were consistently kind, joyful and very patient. They were advocates for Dad and all patients.
“I’m very thankful for the Convalescent Unit. I witnessed many other patients enjoy improvement and transition from acute care needs to being strong enough to go home.”