July 23, 2009 -
The Olympic Medical Center Auxiliary recently donated more than $17,500 to Olympic Medical Home Health and Olympic Medical Center’s medical/surgical/pediatric unit. The donation allowed for the purchase of medical equipment, including a non-invasive bladder scanner, an inflatable patient lift, and a portable ultrasonic unit that determines blood pressure and blood circulation in the legs and feet – important in the medical treatment of leg wounds.
Since 1980, the auxiliary has contributed more than $340,000 for the purchase of medical equipment or the enhancement of services at Olympic Medical Center. Olympic Medical Center Auxiliary raises money for its annual donations through sales at the hospital gift shop and an annual arts and crafts show – this year held at the Vern Burton Community Center on Dec. 5 and 6.
“All proceeds from items purchased at the gift shop are given to the hospital for needed medical equipment or services,” says Patty McCarty, auxiliary president. “Our volunteers staff the gift shop, greet patients at the front desk and perform many other duties around the hospital. We feel very blessed that we can help make a patient’s stay more comfortable and pleasant.”
About the Donated Equipment
The bladder scanner, valued at more than $12,000, is a portable, bedside ultrasound unit that allows hospital nursing staff to measure the amount of urine in a patient’s bladder. This non-invasive procedure is a more comfortable alternative to periodic catheterization and other methods that assess the volume of urine in the bladder. The bladder scanner is particularly useful for patients who may have decreased urine output, or are suffering from urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence, enlarged prostate and other lower urinary tract dysfunctions.
The hover jack, valued at more than $4,800, aids staff in safely lifting a patient. It is most useful for lifting patients from the floor after a fall. Once a patient is placed on the hover jack and is safely secured, the hover jack works much like a portable air mattress. As air fills into each separate chamber the patient is slowly lifted to the level of a patient bed or transport gurney.
The Auxiliary funded the Doppler accessory kit for $715. The fully-portable Doppler helps Olympic Medical Home Health nurses and wound care consultants identify the extent of vascular disease in the legs of patient’s with leg wounds. This information is important in identifying the proper medical care plan to aid in wound healing – particularly for diabetic patients.
Olympic Medical Center is a comprehensive health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It provides inpatient services at its 126-bed acute care facility, and outpatient services, including cancer care, cardiac services, imaging, surgical services, rehabilitation therapy, laboratory and home health at locations throughout the Olympic Peninsula region. For more information call 417-7000 or visit us at www.olympicmedical.org.