Telethon tops $400,000
New equipment will help cut operating time at Carbonear General
When the Trinity Conception Placentia Health Foundation held its 21st annual Telethon in 2010, it planned to put the money raised towards the purchase of two new integrated operating room suites for the Carbonear General Hospital. These units run between $225,000 and $230,000 a pop.
Last year’s fundraiser ended up netting close to $350,000 — enough to purchase one of these units, with change — but not quite enough for two.
After the 22nd annual TrinityConception Placentia Health Foundation Telethon held Oct. 9 of this year, they now have more than enough to order the second unit.
Health Foundation officials were still counting the money as it continued to pour in last week. But at the end of this year’s 12-hour T.C.P Health Foundation Telethon, some $409,357 was showing on the board.
That’s the largest single amount ever raised in the 22-year history of the fundraising event.
Don Coombs, the foundation’s chief development officer told The Compass he had expected this year’s event to take in between $325,000 and $350,000.
“It far exceeded my expectations,” Coombs said. By the time it is all in and counted, he expects this year’s total to hit the $415,000 mark.
“ The people’s generosity proved me wrong again,” he said.
From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. the telethon was brought into living rooms throughout the region on Eastlink TV from Amalgamated Academy in Bay Roberts.
First of its kind
Tenders were called for the first unit late last year and Coombs explained that unit is expected to be in operation at the hospital “any day now. And it will be the first of its kind in the province,” he added.
While the units are designed to expedite surgery, the process of actually getting them into place is a lengthier one.
Asked about the length of time it takes to put one of these units in place, Coombs explained, because of the tendering process and renovations that have to take place, “it takes that long.”
He suggested these kinds of purchases allow surgeons and other surgical staff at the hospital “to work with the best of equipment.”
He explained the money left over after they are purchased goes towards the purchase of smaller items requested by Eastern Health.
“ We (Health Foundation) don’t buy any equipment. Everything has to go through Eastern Health. Basically they come to us with their wish list,” he explained.
The telethon is the foundation’s single largest annual fundraising event.
Coombs, who has been with the foundation since it was launched in 1989, estimates they have raised over $7 million from the telethon and other fundraising events for new health care equipment in the region over the past two decades.
Improving O.R. safety, comfort
According to information provided by the foundation, all the equipment is mounted on the operating room 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, removing safety hazards.
This gives the surgeon and nurs- ing staff greater mobility during the procedure, allowing them to focus their full attention on patient care, increasing the overall efficiency of the entire surgical team.
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.
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.
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.
Several components to the room 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 also 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 O.R. suites integrate multiple hospital procedures 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 allowing the surgeon to refer to 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.