Carbonear chemo room benefits from donation
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.”