Telethon pledges exceed expectations
New equipment will help cut operating time at Carbonear General
Organizers of the Trinity-Conception-Placentia Health Foundation telethon were pleasantly surprised by the response to this year’s event. Despite the strain of Hurricane Igor, pledges to the telethon again surpassed the amount expected by organizers.
In the wake of Hurricane Igor and the strain it has put on people’s pocketbooks, Don Coombs admits, “ I thought our numbers would be down this year.”
The chief development officer for the Trinity Conception Placentia Health Foundation was referring to the total proceeds from the 21st annual Trinity Conception Placentia Health Foundation Telethon.
“But the people proved me wrong again,” Coombs told The Compass last week.
The telethon was held Oct. 3, just days after a province-wide radio-athon on VOCM Radio had raised more than $1 million for victims of the disaster.
By the end of the 12-hour T. C. P. Health Foundation Telethon, which ran from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., the total amount raised was $345,530.
That surpassed the $314,000 raised during last year’s event. Coombs believes the actual total should hit the $ 350,000 mark by the time all the pledges are in.
The telethon was broadcast live throughout the region on Eastlink from Amalgamated Academy in Bay Roberts.
For those who do not have Eastlink cable TV service and were unable to view the event, Coombs pointed out it’s still not too late to make pledges, which can be made at any chartered bank, credit union or health care facility operated by Eastern Health in the region.
Funds raised this year will go towards the purchase of two new integrated operating room (machines) for the Carbonear General Hospital.
The suites cost $200,000 each and will be the first of their kind in the province. Coombs said they are currently in the process of being tendered.
He suggested these kinds of purchases allow surgeons and other surgical staff at the hospital “to work with the best of equipment.”
Benef its of Integrated O. R. Ergonomics
According to literature provided by the foundation, all the equipment is mounted on the O. R. ceiling using articulating arms and booms. This eliminates the need for manual manoeuvring of bulky endoscopic video equipment in and out of the room.
Video cabling along the floor is also eliminated, thus removing safety hazards.
This gives the surgeon and nursing staff greater mobility during the procedure, allowing them to focus fulltime on the patient care, increasing the overall efficiency of the entire surgical team.
Much fewer repairs are required on the equipment as their transport and setup is made much easier and quicker.
Surgeries can be performed through a scope as well as small instruments (endoscopic surgery) instead of having to make large incisions to perform the surgery.
The camera becomes the surgeon’s eyes, eliminating the need for larger incisions, to view and access internal anatomy for endoscopic procedures.
Diagnostic laparoscopies, appendectomies, gallbladder procedures, removal of kidney, spleen, adrenal glands, ovaries and ovarian cysts, hiatus hernia repairs, biopsies, bowel resections, hysteroscopies, cystoscopies and other procedures can be performed using these suites.
A crisp, high definition image is key in performing these surgeries.
Endoscopic surgery creates several advantages for both the patient and hospital, including: less pain and trauma for patient; quicker recovery; earlier return to work; shorter hospital stay; better cosmetic result; and decreased risk of blood loss and infection.
There are several components to the room that contribute to its efficiency. For example, set-up time is greatly reduced due to the equipment being mounted on movable, ceiling mounted articulating arms.
Turnover time between surgical procedures is greatly reduced. All equipment is controlled remotely via a touch panel display or through voice activation. An equipment function can be performed immediately instead of having to wait for one of the staff to walk to the equipment and manually program it.
The efficiency generated cuts operating time and allows for faster turnover of cases, enabling the surgical team to do more surgery in a day or attend to
other matters right away.
The O.R. suites integrate multiple hospital modalities and allow the staff to access critical patient information during the surgical procedure.
Diagnostic images such as X-ray, MRI, CT, etc. can be accessed and displayed in the surgical field during the surgical procedure allowing the surgeon to reference critical anatomical information during the surgical procedure.
The suites can also communicate to other areas of the hospital or anywhere in the world. Audio and video feeds can be transmitted in and out of the room for collaboration, teaching, as well as telementoring purposes.
The telethon is the foundation’s single largest annual fundraising event.
Don Coombs, who has been with the foundation since it was launched in 1989, estimates they have raised approximately $ 7 million from the telethon and other fundraising events for new health care equipment in the region over the past two decades
Tricon Club of Bell Aliant Telephone Pioneers were among the volunteers who staffed the phones during the 21st Trinity Conception Placentia Health Foundation Telethon on Oct. 3. Besides taking pledges, the Pioneers donated $500. Shown here are, from left: Lynn Vaters, Doreen Russell, Marina Bradbury, Marie Neville and Chapter 105 president Joan Neil.