The anaesthetic machine helps with the different intubations, which cause life threatening delays. Up until now PICU has had to rely on borrowing an aneasthetic machine from another unit for difficult intubations. Once such a machine is on the unit it will also be possible to carry out procedures without moving extremely sick children or waiting for available theatre space.
The board makes it possible to put paralysed patients in an upright position. This is a vital part of the recuperation process. After lying flat for a long time being upright gives a more normal visual dimension and helps patients begin to adjust to a challenging situation
The ventilator supports the patients breathing when lungs need resting or are struggling through repiritorary illness. The portable machine enables us to transport patients safely to other departments such as scanning, and it is also vital for retrieving children from hospital in the region who do not have specialist facilities.
The space station provides a more technologically advanced way of delivering drugs. Each section can be removed for easy transportation and the addition of computer chips enables barcodes to be read directly from the drug packaging ensuring accurate dosage and reducing human error.
The 'Polar Bear' Machine
Recent Studies have proved that the process of cooling the body in cases of feaver can support other specialised care thus providing a better outcome. Cooling has also proved successful in cases of brain swelling. This machine is attached to the matress and provides a continuous and monitored flow of cool air.
This is a technologically advanced ventilator, which can provide various forms of ventilation to suit the patients needs. It is a multi-use machine replacing a number of pieces of equipment which were previously used. The ventilator also allows minimal intervention, which can reduce damage to vocal cords or the need for invasive tubing, while still having the facility for intense therapy if required.
A Bedroom for parents in the parent accommodation unit of the new Rosie Hospital. The parent accommodation unit is a 'home from home' for parents who have babies in the neonatal intensive care unit. Having accommodation on site helps to alleviate some of the emotional and financial strains at a very stressful time.
Funds are also helping to facilitate a cot space in the new neonatal intensive care unit, where very sick babies are treated.
Funds raised during 2013 have paid for an infusion pump and Viasys SiPAP as pictured below
Thanks to everyone who contributed towards the fantastic total of £18, 105 raised at Kieran’s Memorial Golf Day on 6th June 2014, the team on the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is one huge step closer to being able to buy a machine called a calorimeter.
The machine is completely non- invasive, pain free and simple to use. Having such a device would allow the PICU team to accurately calculate each child’s personal nutritional requirements daily so that their “food” intake can be optimised immediately, helping them to recover as quickly as possible. It is particularly important for the very sickest children where aggressive disease, immobility, multiple lines and catheters make them so very vulnerable to muscle wastage and complications from their stay in the PICU. The calorimeter can be used every day with patients to track changes in their energy requirements, ensuring that their nutrition is tailored to help them recover as quickly as possible.
The PICU team has been trialling a calorimeter on a loan basis and it has been shown to significantly improve the level of care provided. The machine costs £30,000, meaning that as a result of your generosity over 60% of the funds needed have already been raised – thank you!