Broselow Emergency Kit - €3,206
We are delighted to have received the support of the Mater Foundation in securing the Broselow System which is used during paediatric emergencies. This system is a highly accurate method of estimating paediatric weight’s, equipment selection and drug doses. The appropriately sized equipment is conveniently identified by colour coded modules.
It is reassuring to know this system is available on site making The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital a safer place for our younger visitors.
Dr Cormac Redahan – Consultant Anesthetists, Medical Director Resuscitation Department.
Ultrasound Machine - €40,900:
In December 2011 the Emergency Department received a grant from the Mater Foundation to purchase a dedicated ultrasound machine. This resource has significantly improved care of our patients and brought us in to line with international best practice. We can now ultrasound critically ill patients in our department. This facilitates immediate bedside diagnosis of potentially life-threatening conditions such as internal bleeding as a result of trauma or ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms. This leads to instantaneous diagnosis and accelerates decisions regarding time-critical operations. In addition the machine is used to facilitate safe effective insertion of central venous catheters in keeping with standard practice for critically ill patients.
Therefore the new ultrasound machine has greatly enhanced the safety and standard of our patient care, while enhancing specialist training in Emergency Medicine in accordance with international norms. This purchase would not have been possible without the help from the Mater Foundation. Many thanks on behalf of the Emergency Department and our patients.
Dr Gerard O’Connor – Emergency Medicine Specialist Registrar
Bath Hoist - St Vincent's Ward - €13,138
The bath and the hoist have been of great benefit to the care and comfort of the patients on the ward. It is of great benefit for our palliative care patients especially to help with relaxation and can also help with their pain control. Without the bath and hoist we would find it increasingly difficult to maintain hygiene needs of some of our patients who are bed bound and those with decreased mobility as a bed bath would be the only option for them.
The bath and hoist is also of great benefit to the staff as it allows them to maintain hygiene needs of patients who have difficulties with mobility while helping to maintain safe manual handling practices.
Olivia Merrigan – CNM2 Haematology/ Oncology
Simulation Tool - €41,285 Ultrasound Probe - €9,654:
The Transoesophageal Echocardiography Simulation mannequin allows junior doctors in Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine to develop basic echocardiography skills safely in a calm and unpressurized environment. It is a new development and an example of the growing importance of Simulation in the training of doctors. Echocardiography enables the more rapid diagnosis of critical conditions in unstable patients in the Accident and Emergency department, the Operating Theatre and the Intensive Care Unit. The system is highly complex as real time images are generated as the trainee controls and manipulates the probe with instantaneous feedback on the screen.
Dr Michael Griffin – Division of Anaesthesia
Dialysis Unit - €200,000
In 2010 the Haemodialysis Unit at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital received a grant from the Mater Foundation to upgrade, expand and refurbish the Water Treatment Plant. This extension and refurbishment of the allocated space is now complete.
The patients are delighted with the new, bright, comfortable and safe environment to have their dialysis treatments. The staff are thrilled with the new place of work and the extra storage space.
The extra stations will provide dialysis slots to respond to the ever increasing demand for dialysis services at the hospital.
Many thanks to the Mater Foundation.
Olive Doyle – Clinical Nurse Manager 2 Haemodialysis Unit
Laparoscopic Equipment - €24,028
The Mater Hospital as a result of a generous donation from the Mater Foundation are in the unique position of having a laparoscopic training kit module, which is similar to the trainer in the Royal College of Surgeons training centre.
The great advantage of having a training module here in the Mater Hospital is that trainees during their quieter moments or when they are on call or in the evening time can readily use this equipment without travelling over to the College of Surgeons. It is a wonderful facility to have on site and is particularly beneficial to trainees who are unaccustomed to laparoscopic surgery. This module has a computerised assessment of the trainees’ performance where one trainee can be compared to another which provides its own form of stimulation.
Mr Gerry McEntee – Surgeon