Four (otherwise unaffordable) fluid warming units, known as Hotlines, have arrived at SWH’s Warrnambool and Camperdown campuses and medical staff at each have done the necessary professional development to use them. So it’s all systems go.
This high-tech equipment can be the difference between life and death. Hotlines save critical minutes in rapidly heating fluids (like blood for transfusions) for patients with shocking injuries caused by trauma, hypothermia and burns. They can also be used to treat women who have haemorrhaged during childbirth. Medical Australasia.
The $20,000 was raised via a public appeal.
People $7,055 x 10 individuals and $1,050 x 5 couples.
Businesses: $3,078 Swintons IGA Supermarket, $1,000 Warrnambool’s two National Australia Bank outlets and $1,600 Smiths Medical Australasia Pty Ltd.
Sports clubs: $350 Old Collegians Football Netball Club, $120 Merrivale Football Netball Club, $184 Dennington Football Netball Club, $189 East Warrnambool Football Netball Club and $100 Timboon Demons Football Netball Club.
Other local clubs: $600 South West Branch of the Chevrolet Car Club of Victoria, $3,020 Warrnambool Oldtime Country Music Group, $100 Allansford Uniting Church Fellowship, $500 South Warrnambool Presbyterian Church Ladies Guild, $63 Desperate Housewives Club $100 Parents Without Partners—Hopkins Branch and $891 Camperdown Clocktower Quilters.
Photo 1 South West Healthcare Registered Nurses, Lynn Gardiner from Emergency (left) and Chelsea Murrell from Intensive Care, familiarise themselves with the just-arrived Hotlines.
Photo 2 Intensive Care Unit Registered Nurse, Charlotte Bryant, gets a hands-on Hotline lesson from Smiths Medical Australasia’s Simon Shepard.
Photo 3 Perioperative Education Facilitator, Paula Touzeau, participates in a Hotline professional development session ran by Simon Shepard of Smiths Medical Australasia.