Hospital launches call for vital donations.
Northeast Health Wangaratta has launched a fundraising campaign to replace 44 Vital Signs Monitors that are at end of life.
A vital signs monitor takes key clinical measurements of a patient, including temperature, heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen saturation.
NHW has replaced 33 monitors of the 77 required across the health service and is now seeking the support of the community to purchase the remaining monitors.
Nathan Carter is the ‘face of the campaign’ and as Biomed Engineering Technician for NHW helps manage the testing and maintenance of equipment across the service.
“When equipment nears end of life, we spend a lot more time on servicing and taking equipment offline for repairs,” Nathan said.
“Vital signs monitors help our team gather critical information on the patients in their care and they are used 24/7 across the hospital.”
Thirty-three monitors were purchased in 2022 through a combination of bequest and donation funds and Director of People and Culture, Kim Bennetts said Northeast Health is seeking community support to raise $158,400 for the remaining 44 machines.
“The community has a great track record in getting behind our fundraising efforts to purchase clinical equipment,” Ms Bennett said.
“Government funding only goes so far, and we need the generosity of our community to bridge the gap.”
“Each vital signs monitor is $3,600 and they are used across the hospital – our team simply can’t do their job without them.”
“We are asking the community to consider sponsoring a vital signs monitor or making a donation toward the campaign.”
The last campaign for community support was in 2016 and raised $371,000 to purchase Robotics for the Community Care outpatient program.