May Pen Hospi­tal gets car­diac mon­i­tor

Jamaica Gleaner - - ANNOUNCEMENTS - Shanique Sa­muels Gleaner Writer

MAY PEN, Claren­don: PER­SONS WHO suf­fer from heart at­tacks and stroke will have ac­cess to bet­ter treat­ment the next time they visit the May Pen Hospi­tal, thanks to a well-needed dona­tion of a car­diac mon­i­tor that was handed over to the fa­cil­ity re­cently.

The life-sav­ing piece of equip­ment, valu­ing over $700,000, was do­nated by the Ja­maican Cana­dian As­so­ci­a­tion of Nurses (JCAN) and will en­able the ef­fec­tive man­age­ment of pa­tients post­op­er­a­tively. It will also mon­i­tor the sta­tus of heart at­tack and stroke vic­tims.

Re­gional Di­rec­tor of the South Re­gional Health Au­thor­ity Michael Bent said a part­ner­ship was formed with JCAN at the Di­as­pora Con­fer­ence 2015 and the dona­tion from the as­so­ci­a­tion is the start of a life­long part­ner­ship. “This is the lat­est model of the car­diac mon­i­tor and so it is ex­pected that with this vi­tal piece of equip­ment, the May Pen Hospi­tal will be able to treat the high num­bers of heart at­tack and stroke pa­tients it re­ceives and will ul­ti­mately en­hance pa­tient care,” he said.

IM­PROVED RE­COV­ERY

“The hospi­tal sees a lot of stroke vic­tims, and if we are able to get them on this ma­chine within 24-48 hours after a stroke, then the chances of get­ting them back to nor­mal­ity is very high. Many of the per­sons who suf­fer a stroke and be­come in­ca­pac­i­tated for a long time would not have suf­fered if we had this piece of equip­ment, be­cause treat­ment with it within 24-48 hours is likely to bring full re­cov­ery and a re­turn to full pro­duc­tion.”

Mean­while, Se­nior Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer of the May Pen Hospi­tal Dr Bradley Ed­wards says, “The hospi­tal is cur­rently un­der stress in terms of the fact that we are over­crowded. We have 110 per cent oc­cu­pancy on a reg­u­lar ba­sis and it shows that we need to ex­pand as an in­sti­tu­tion. Right now, based on our pro­jec­tions, we will need at least two more 30-bed wards to be able to look after the pop­u­la­tion that we ex­pect in the next 10 years will be com­ing to this in­sti­tu­tion. I ex­pect pri­mary health care to be im­proved, but I’m still ex­pect­ing that as we get an age­ing pop­u­la­tion, more and more peo­ple will be com­ing.”

FUL­FILL­ING A DREAM

Dr Ed­wards said the fa­cil­ity wel­comes and ap­pre­ci­ates the piece of equip­ment. “This means a lot to us, be­cause our dream and pas­sion at the May Pen Hospi­tal is to treat per­sons with heart at­tacks and strokes with throm­bolytic ther­apy so they can go home within a few days without any de­fect,” he said.

The car­diac mon­i­tor will be placed in the re­cov­ery room/high de­pen­dency unit so that per­sons who are in need of in­ten­sive man­age­ment will be prop­erly mon­i­tored and treated with a chance of be­ing re­stored as close to nor­mal as pos­si­ble.

“We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate this; this gift is more than it ap­pears,” Dr Ed­wards said.

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