NEW HEALTH CARE OP­TIONS

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

A DO­NA­TION of $2000 has en­abled the Biggenden Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iary to pur­chase a fluid warm­ing ma­chine for its hos­pi­tal.

Aux­il­iary pres­i­dent Liz Vi­cary thanked Bendigo Bank for its do­na­tion and said the equip­ment would be of great ben­e­fit.

“Not only to lo­cals but any­one in­volved in an ac­ci­dent in the dis­trict,” she said.

Di­rec­tor of nurs­ing Heather MacKel­lar said the fluid warm­ing ma­chine ad­min­is­ters in­tra­venously warmed flu­ids straight into peo­ple who may al­ready be hy­pother­mic as a re­sult of a med­i­cal con­di­tion or trauma.

“Putting cold fluid into a per­son al­ready cold can make their con­di­tion worse,” she said.

In the past, warmed blan­kets were used for this pur­pose.

Gin Gin Bendigo Bank’s Rob Ather­ton said the branch had do­nated be­tween $40,000 to $50,000 to com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and clubs across the re­gion.

“It is part of our fran­chise to do­nate 80% of our prof­its back into the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“Our board of di­rec­tors just love putting money into med­i­cal, schools and sport.”

Mr Ather­ton said he didn’t re­alise hos­pi­tals did it so tough.

“I thought all nec­es­sary equip­ment was pro­vided,” he said.

PHOTO: ER­ICA MUR­REE

NEW GEAR: Dr Geeth Weera­sooriya with Michelle Kin­bacher, Tonya Gethings and Liz Vi­cary and Robert Ather­ton.

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