The need for trauma care can happen in the blink of an eye: a car accident on the highway, a head injury from a hockey game, a farm accident, a cyclist hit by a car, a hunting accident, or a significant fall. Trauma is defined as an injury or illness caused by an outside influence.
Trauma cases impact all services in our hospitals. The demand on Regina’s Hospital emergency departments, surgical, ICU and medicine units continues to grow with our increasing population. In 2016, the Regina General and Pasqua Hospitals saw 1,547 serious trauma care cases. That’s over 4 per day! We must ensure the life-saving medical units at our hospitals, which provide trauma care to these seriously ill patients, have the very best technology and resources necessary to save lives.
The Foundation is committed to raising $3 million in support of the Trauma Care Campaign. Funds raised will support the purchase of life-saving equipment and technology in all areas of our hospitals, ultimately helping people live better lives.
A renewed partnership between Hospitals of Regina Foundation (HRF) and GMS (Group Medical Services) will help pave the way for improved trauma care in Regina’s hospitals. On April 19, the Foundation launched its Trauma Care Campaign and GMS stepped up to pledge a $1 million match for donations from the community, in support of the campaign. This exceptional commitment means every donation will have twice the impact.
"GMS is extremely proud to invest in HRF’s Trauma Care Campaign through the establishment of the GMS Trauma Care Fund,”
says John Salmond, president and CEO. “We care deeply about the health and well-being of this community. An important part of that commitment means building on our long-standing partnership with the Foundation to make lives better, now and for years to come, through the GMS Trauma Care Fund. ”
TRAUMA CARE: THE NEED
The technology and equipment used to care for the most critically ill patients is crucial to their survival. We must replace old equipment and invest in new technology to enhance our trauma care capacity. This technology will include:
- IV Fluid Warmers – Almost all trauma patients arriving at the Emergency Department are hypothermic. Hypothermia decreases the body’s ability to form clots and stop bleeding.
- Portable Ultrasound machines – these machines are more sensitive and clearer for seeing underlying organs and structures to look for internal bleeding and other underlying injuries. The portable nature allows this technology to be available to any department treating a trauma patient.
- Vital Sign monitors for surgical operating rooms – general anesthetic carries a health risk under the best conditions and those needing trauma care are particularly at risk. It is crucial that the anesthesiologist is able to monitor the vital signs of patients to ensure the patient survives the surgery.
- Patient Monitors and Central Monitoring Systems – Patient monitors provide minute by minute data related to patient blood pressure, pulse, brain monitoring and pressures, as well as oxygenating capability and support for management of life-saving medications. Each patient in the unit requires an individual monitor. A central monitoring system allows health care staff to assess the patient’s vital signs and stability, even when the staff are not directly at the bedside.
- Respirator Ventilators – seven of these bi-level ventilators are required to provide non-invasive breathing support for patents in the Emergency Room and in the Intensive Care Units (ICU) at both Regina General and Pasqua Hospitals.
- Upgraded technology ‘hubs’ in the operating rooms (11 at RGH and 8 at PH) – the technology hub is the point of connection for the many digital or electronic pieces of equipment used in the O.R. Upgrading the hubs means physicians will have fewer restrictions on how many pieces of technology are readily available, resulting in a shorter, safer surgery.
- Anesthesia machines at both Regina General & Pasqua Hospitals – our anesthesia equipment is at end-of-life and 22 new machines are required. The new technology will ensure patient safety by regulating and monitoring the depth of anesthesia. General anesthesia impacts the heart, the blood pressure, breathing and lung function and other organs such as the kidney and there is a fine balance in achieving adequate sedation to complete a medical procedure.
“Life can change in the blink of an eye. It is only through the support of the Foundation, and valued partners such as GMS and the commitment of our community that our hospitals will continue to have the tools they need to provide world-class trauma services,” says Keith Dewar, president and CEO, Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR). “Today’s investment ensures we will have the right equipment and technology in place to provide the patients of southern Saskatchewan with the exceptional care they deserve.”
Make your gift to the Trauma Care Campaign and double your impact today!