ECHUCA Regional Health’s maternity department is getting a $13,800 I-STAT analyser as a result of this year’s Humpty Dumpty Foundation Great Humpty Ball.
This portable blood analysis system enables medical staff to perform a wide range of blood tests on children who require frequent tests, such as a child with diabetes.
The I-STAT provides health care professionals with the information they need to rapidly make treatment decisions, which may lead to enhanced quality of care and improve outcomes of patients.
Cohuna District Hospital’s maternity department is getting an AIRVO2 humidifier valued at $2750 and a Connex vital signs monitor valued at $6200.
The Connex monitor allows accurate assessment of vital signs such as temperature, blood pressure and oxygen saturation levels in the paediatric setting and will enable improved clinical outcomes.
Humidification is important for babies and children suffering respiratory problems such as bronchitis, pneumonia and cystic fibrosis.
Humidified air and oxygen from the AIRVO2 helps them breathe restfully and clears the chest for ongoing treatment and recovery.
Close to 400 Humpty supporters joined Humpty’s patron Ray Martin AM earlier this month for the black-tie gala dinner – an evening that raised more than $900,000.
From which 88 pieces of essential medical equipment are being donated to many of the 359 children’s hospitals and health services the charity supports nationally.
“Once again Humpty supporters have made a real difference to young Australian lives by raising almost $1 million,” Humpty Dumpty Foundation founder and executive chairman Paul Francis OAM said.
“It is a real testament to the generosity and goodwill of the guests who attended our ball,” he said.
“On behalf of the young Aussie lives that will benefit from this medical equipment to the medical professionals who bring about positive outcomes, I thank each and every one of our supporters for these kind donations.”
Humpty Dumpty Foundation has now raised more than $60 million since it was established 28 years ago.
Through annual fund-raising initiatives including the Good Egg lunch, Balmoral Burn and the ball, along with the support of generous individual and corporate donors, in 2016 the foundation delivered more than 500 pieces of medical equipment to hospitals across Australia.