Car­bon­ear chemo room ben­e­fits from do­na­tion

The Compass - - NEWS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Nurses at Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal treat­ing can­cer pa­tients now have an ex­tra piece of equip­ment to work with thanks to the fundrais­ing ef­forts of oth­ers.

The au­to­matic blood pres­sure mon­i­tor was un­veiled last week in the hos­pi­tal’s chemo­ther­apy room, lo­cated on its sixth floor.

Lo­cal em­ploy­ees and re­tirees with New­found­land Power raised the $4,000 needed to pur­chase the de­vice.

Ar­leen Neil, one of two regis­tered nurses sta­tioned in the chemo­ther­apy room, said blood pres­sure mon­i­tors are used every­day for pa­tients re­ceiv­ing chemo­ther­apy treat­ments.

“A lot of the chemo med­i­ca­tions, part of the pro­to­col is pa­tients have to have their blood pres­sure taken any­where from ev­ery five min­utes, to ev­ery 15 min­utes, to ev­ery half-an­hour, de­pend­ing on what med­i­ca­tion they’re re­ceiv­ing,” she said.

“It makes it much eas­ier for us. We only have two nurses here in this unit, and if you have five or six pa­tients, the blood pres­sure (mon­i­tor) is go­ing to cut in au­to­mat­i­cally, and we can see in big bold let­ter­ing (the re­sult).”

The mon­i­tor is pro­gram­mable and also in­cludes a printer. With this do­na­tion, the chemo­ther­apy room now has three au­to­matic blood pres­sure mon­i­tors.

The do­na­tion was made through New­found­land Power’s The Power of Life Project, a part­ner­ship with the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Can­cer Care Foun­da­tion to help pur­chase equip­ment and support pro­grams.

New­found­land Power CFO Jocelyn Perry ac­knowl­edged that the chemo­ther­apy room is set to move to another unit within the hos­pi­tal.

“Then we’ll prob­a­bly be able to as­sess the space you have and what your needs are, and … if we can find some way to help go­ing for­ward, we will be able to do that.”

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