Each year, Port Perry Hospital staff, doctors, and Lakeridge Health’s capital planning team work together to identify the top priorities for the best in patient care. The following list includes high priority equipment that Lakeridge Health has asked for Port Perry Hospital Foundation’s help with.
This equipment is for use specifically at Port Perry Hospital, and is made possible because of community support – people like you.
Contact Rachel Agnoluzzi at the Foundation office, 905-985-7321 ext 5581, to discuss how you might support Port Perry Hospital priorities listed below or other top needs.
Slit Lamp – Emergency Services
When a foreign body enters the eye or for other investigation of the eye in emergency situations, the Slit Lamp is the investigative tool that Emergency Dept doctors rely on. Having this tool available at Port Perry Hospital to provide a diagnosis is step one to safeguarding the sight of a patient in need.
Level 1 Rapid Infuser – Emergency Department
The Rapid Infuser is used in cases of hypothermia, significant blood less, and other instances in which a fluid must be circulated into the body at high volume expeditiously. Lake accidents and bad car accidents are examples of such circumstances. The hospital has asked for the Foundation’s help with this purchase as our existing rapid infuser is in urgent need of replacement.
Sentinel Node Navigator – Cancer Care
Another high priority this year is a Sentinel Node Navigator, used for breast cancer surgery and to a lesser degree, for melanoma surgeries.
Breast cancer cells are spread from a primary tumour in the breast through the lymph nodes and on to other places in the body. By mapping what is known as the sentinel lymph nodes, medical staff can identify the first lymph node to which cancer is likely to spread (or has spread) from the primary tumour.
Why is this important? Sentinel Node Navigator equipment is cancer staging technology that is crucial for patient care. Staging is an essential process in determining the plan of care and treatment to follow for the patient. As well, by using the Sentinel Node Navigator, only one or a few lymph nodes may need to be removed reducing the potential for post-surgical as well as long term side effects, including a chronic painful condition call lymphedema.
Endoscopy – Essential Diagnostic Services
Endoscopy services are essential to providing patient care at Port Perry Hospital. An Endoscopy Cautery Machine is used to minimize the risk of bowel perforation and deep tissue damage to the bowel when cauterization is required during a colonoscopy procedure. The cautery machine assists with biopsy and excision of polyps and lesions, allowing for the removal of a specimen that can be sent to the pathology for diagnosis and assist with treatment plan.
An Automatic Endoscopic Reprocessing Machines (we need two!) is a sterilization system required to process flexible endoscopes (gastroscopes, colonoscopes, bronchoscope and laryngoscope). With our current sterilization system at end of life, these are essential to the ability to provide endoscopy services at Port Perry Hospital. New technology allows for increased efficiency so we can decrease wait times to care as well as assist in meeting new standards of care.
Together we can ensure and enhance care for our community.