UWIDEF, FLOW do­nate $2.4 mil­lion GlideS­cope to the UHWI

Jamaica Gleaner - - TODAY - Keisha.hill@glean­erjm.com

THE UNIVER­SITY of the West Indies De­vel­op­ment and En­dow­ment Fund (UWIDEF), in part­ner­ship with telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions provider FLOW, do­nated a much-needed GlideS­cope (video laryn­go­scope) valued at J$2.4 mil­lion to the Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal of the West Indies’ (UHWI) anaes­thetic de­part­ment.

UWIDEF’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Carla Seaga, and board mem­ber Karl Wright were both on hand at the re­cent pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony. Seaga in­di­cated that her or­gan­i­sa­tion was pleased that UWIDEF had been able to make their an­nual gift to the hos­pi­tal due to FLOW’s sup­port.

Mean­while, Wright ex­plained that the equip­ment was funded with re­turns yielded from an in­vested con­tri­bu­tion FLOW (for­merly the then Tele­phone Com­pany of Ja­maica, TOJ) made to UWIDEF in 1995.

“Re­turns yielded from the in­vest­ment have been used over the years to sup­port the hos­pi­tal with re­plac­ing ob­so­lete equip­ment and im­prov­ing pa­tient-care de­liv­ery,” Wright said.

EX­TREMELY GRATE­FUL

Dr Hy­acinth Hard­ing-Gold­son, head of the De­part­ment of Anaes­the­sia and In­ten­sive Care, said her team and the stu­dents were ex­tremely grate­ful for the well-needed equip­ment.

She said that the GlideS­cope was needed not only for health-care de­liv­ery, but to help train med­i­cal stu­dents as well.

“Fail­ure to prop­erly place this tube in the cor­rect lo­ca­tion or in a short pe­riod of time can re­sult in in­jury to the patent’s lungs and low oxy­gen lev­els, caus­ing dam­age to the brain, heart or other or­gans and even death,” Hard­ing-Gold­son ex­plained.

“In pa­tients with cer­vi­cal spinal cord dis­ease or in­jury, of­ten seen in mo­tor ve­hi­cle crashes, at­tempts at place­ment of the breath­ing tube us­ing con­ven­tional laryn­go­scopes may dam­age the spinal cord fur­ther and pro­duce per­ma­nent paral­y­sis,” she added.

By ac­quir­ing this vi­tal piece of equip­ment, the doc­tors at the UHWI can now not only care for their pa­tients with in­creased safety, but can pro­vide train­ing of anaes­thetists and in­ten­sivists in life-sav­ing tech­niques.

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