In the hosita rama, the’re thesuorting characters working steaibut sient in the backgroun, aiingthe octors an nurses as the striveto imrove theiratients’ ives.Who are thesesuortingcharacters? Theare the vita signmonitors thattrack a atient’sheart rate, booressure, oxgeneve, resirator rate an more—vitainormation or etermining an monitoringa atient’s care.“We cannot o our jobs without cariacmonitors,” sas Brena Ferguson, ActingNurse Manager or the Intensive Care Unitat Roa Universit Hosita. “The rovieus with baseine an current ata whichassist us in ongoing atient treatment anmanagement ecisions.” This a, Roa Universit HositaFounation has aunche the Roa VitaCare aea with the goa o raising $2.8miion over two ears to urchase new,state-o-the-art vitasign monitors or RUH.In aition to 96 vitasign monitors, thecamaign wi asoun the urchase o 24 ebriators ana centra monitoringsstem. Roa VitaCare is an extension o the Roa Care Camaign, which raise$15 miion or research, training anatient-care at RUH.“In a stressu environment, whereimortant ecisions are oten maequick, our octors an nurses eservethe ver best toos on which to base theirtreatment ecisions,” sas Ara Gustason,CEO o RUH Founation. “These newmonitors wi o that an more.”
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“As we learn more aboutthe new monitors, we arediscovering new advantagesall the time.”
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Dr. Anita Chakravarti, Anesthesiologist,demonstrates the use o a new state-o-the-art vital sign monitor at RUH.
Ever work with a too that quit in the mieo a job? Now, imagine that too is a vitasign monitor connecte to a critica iatient, an that ou are on an eevatortransorting an unconscious atient toanother unit when the monitor goes back.“That is a sick eeing,” sas Ke Johnson,RN an Cinica Nurse Seciaist or HeartHeath. “I just tr to sta cam unti thateevator oor oens. I on’t ever wantto take another rie in an eevator with amonitor that oesn’t work.” That’s wh Johnson an man otherhosita ersonne are suorting the Roa Vita Care aea to reace 96 aging vitasign monitors at RUH.Five ears ago, meica ersonne atRUH onate more than $250,000 to theRoa Care Camaign, which raise anunreceente $15 miion or eucation,research an atient-care at RUH. Thegoa o this ear’s Sta Aea is to buion that achievement b raising 10 ercento the Roa Vita Care aea rom amongthe hsicians, nurses, aministrators,technicians an meica sta who work atRoa Universit Hosita an SaskatoonHeath Region.
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