Holter System & Echo Beds - €36,000
The Mater Foundation recently assisted the Cardiac Investigations Department in the purchase of three specialist echocardiography beds. With the opening of the first phase of the outpatient facility, housed in the Whitty Building, the department has relocated to Clinic 9 on Level 2, where the addition of the beds has further enhanced the quality of care offered to cardiology patients.
The benefits this equipment offers are best represented by the patient experience. Through their innovative design the beds provide improved safety and enhanced comfort. The features include the addition of guard rails and a patient grip, coupled with electric motors to allow full manipulation of patient position during tests. Already positive feedback has been received from regular patients praising the noticeable increase in comfort experienced during echocardiography studies.
Spin-off benefits are also enjoyed by echocardiographers performing studies. For them, the beds enhance the ability to adhere to best practice manual handling as they safely position patients for optimal access during tests. Dedicated grooves in the bed also improve patient access, allowing the echo probe to be positioned in difficult to reach areas. The operator’s comfort is further enhanced by the provision of an inbuilt seat. Finally the beds also comply with the latest hygiene standards enabling staff to implement effective infection control measures.
As the Cardiac Investigations Department embraces the exciting transition to new facilities, the staff are sincerely grateful for the significant support of the Mater Foundation.The head of the department, Robert Ryan, said “On behalf of my colleagues, I would like to express our sincere thanks to the Mater Foundation for assisting us in our constant endeavours to improve patient care.”
Mr Robert Ryan, Chief II Cardiac Technician, Echo Cardiology
Bed Mounted Cycle Ergometer - €5,556
This purpose of this equipment is to assist the rehabilitation of patients recovering from critical illness. This portable device can be mounted and secured to the patient’s bed. It has leg and foot supports into which the patients lower limbs are secured. The machine will then move the patient’s hips, knees and ankles, through the full range of motion available, as set by the Physiotherapist. It can be set in passive mode where no effort is required by the patient, suitable in cases where the patient is unconscious, heavily sedated or suffers from severe muscle weakness. As the patient’s clinical condition improves the device settings can be modified to encourage greater participation by the patient in order to facilitate muscle strengthening and a return to activity. The device is used daily by the physiotherapy team in the Mater Hospital and has proven to assist in earlier rehabilitation of patients and thus shorter hospital stays.
Emma Gorman, Physiotherapist
Arjo Sara Plus Patient Standing Aid - €10,696
The Arjo Sara standing hoist has been an invaluable addition to assist with patient rehabilitation and transfers on the orthopaedic ward. The standing hoist allows for increased patient comfort and safety during rehabilitation, particularly with elderly patients who often require greater support to mobilise after orthopaedic surgery. The standing hoist has also been beneficial in reducing manual handling risk of dependant patients on the orthopaedic ward.
Mr Peter Spencer, Physiotherapist
EEG/EMG Equipment - €64,100
The Neurophysiology department at MMUH has enjoyed a significant upgrade of lab facilities and equipment over the past several years. Only a few short years ago the EEG Lab and office were housed in a single room in the old Child Guidance Clinic (now demolished). The EMG lab was located in a small room in the old outpatient clinic. In preparation for the development of the new hospital site we were moved (willingly) into three new labs in the Phase (level O). We were finally together in one area and expected work practice efficiencies were immediately appreciated.
Around this time it became evident that our EEG and EMG equipment were in the final stages of their useful life (parts no longer available) and the essential search for funding for replacement equipment begun.
Through the generosity of the Mater Foundation in the first year we were able to replace our EEG systems. Upon installation immediate positive effects on operations were appreciable; improved and enhanced clinical data, better access to tests, improved interpretation and reporting times and ultimately reduction of the waiting list. And of course working with state of the art equipment was a real morale booster for everyone.
With the continued support of Mater Foundation we were similarly able to replace our obsolete existing EMG machines. This state of the art equipment has allowed us to expand our scope of service to include additional specialised tests and bring our work practices in line with best international practices.
Having access to modern equipment has directly and indirectly benefited patient care. All of our department’s daily activities have one goal; to provide accurate and timely diagnostic testing while making the experience in so far as possible stress free for the patient. There is no doubt that the Mater Foundation funding of essential diagnostic equipment has played a major role in reaching that goal.
William Riordan – Neurophysiology Department
Gynaecological Equipment - €30,000
In 2011 the Mater Foundation gave a grant to buy surgical instruments for the Gynaecological Oncology Theatre in the Mater Hospital. Funds were used to purchase a Video Laparoscope and a Buck Walter Retractor. There are now over 200 new patients per year with gynaecology/oncology diagnosis and this equipment is very much needed to service the Gynaecological Oncology Theatre. The equipment is also used in staff training and research and as such is a vital resource for the department.
Dr Tom Walsh – Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist
Equipment for the Emergency Department - €17,206:
The purpose of our application from the Emergency Department (ED) is to improve patient care in adding to the equipment that we currently hold. As we have seen over time our patients are presenting sicker and are a lot more complex. As a result the care given is more complicated requiring equipment to facilitate speedy diagnosis and the safe and accurate administration of drugs.
Hand held Doppler allows us to detect pedal pulses in patients who may be vascular compromised. Aids early diagnosis and discharges.
ECG Machine: Due to the amount of cardiac patients we see on a daily basis the two ECG machines are not sufficient. We spend time waiting on colleagues to finish using a machine which results in delayed diagnosis. Our door to needle time is 50 minutes for treatment of myocardial infarction, we aim to reduce dramatically (10 to 30 minutes) and to achieve this speedier diagnosis is essential.
Dinamap: As with the ECG machine we spend time waiting on dinamaps before being able to assess our patients. As mentioned our patients are presenting sicker so this equipment is used more frequently.
Infusomat: Since 2008 the number of critically ill patients attending the department has increased by some 150% and this is obviously reflected in the treatment regimes required and invariably include a varity of both fluids and drugs. Some drugs are toxic and need to be delivered over a set number of hours this is where the pumps are necessary. Also with fluids due to patients with complex conditions it can be dangerous for fluids to run too quickly thus requiring the security of the infusomats.
These are ongoing process in the ED and will inform and continue into the new department. Patients will benefit from safer and more accurate processes and staff will be more efficient and effective.
Claire O’Neill – Emergency Department