Being at an emergency department is a traumatic experience. You can make that situation more comfortable and pleasant for patients.
“The Emergency Department at Saskatoon City Hospital needs new warming cabinets for blankets and IV fluids,” reports Lilah Weinberger, nurse manager. “These will be used in all areas but in particular the intensive care and observation areas.
“Staff and patients have told us how some parts of the observation or minor assessment and care rooms can be quite cold, especially beds located near windows. Providing warm blankets or warm IV fluid will help make people more comfortable while being treated or waiting for treatment.”
Maintaining a patient’s normal body temperature dramatically improves patient outcomes.
Weinberger says the department’s current warmers are three decades old and beyond their lifespan. “They’ve been in use since 1985 and are not reliable. Repairs are more frequent and harder as parts are becoming obsolete. Every time there’s a breakdown, it could be the last for the warmer. We want to replace all warmers before this happens.
“Current blanket warmers are also quite small and only hold 12 blankets,” Weinberger says. This means frequent restocking with less warming time. “That’s just not enough for times when the Emergency Department is very busy, which is often.”