The in­flight tech­nol­ogy sav­ing young lives

The Gympie Times - - NEWS - SHERELE MOODY Sherele.Moody@news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

IF YOUR child be­comes crit­i­cally ill, there is a chance their life might be saved by tech­nol­ogy par­tially funded by com­mu­nity do­na­tions.

The Ex­tra-Cor­po­real Mem­brane Oxy­gena­tion (ECMO) ma­chine is a sig­nif­i­cant piece of equip­ment that takes over the func­tion of the heart and lungs while a child’s body is fight­ing an ill­ness or strug­gling with an in­jury.

The ECMO at Queens­land Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal has saved the lives of more than 200 chil­dren from as far north as Cook­town, west to Mt Isa and south to the Gold Coast.

The Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion has com­mis­sioned a spe­cial portable ver­sion of the ECMO – known as a “sled”.

Money raised dur­ing last year’s Chan­nel Nine telethon helped pay for the first Aus­tralian portable unit, one that can go in an air­craft, foun­da­tion CEO Rosie Simp­son said.

“Close to half the chil­dren that come into Queens­land Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal are from re­gional areas – which is why we fund in­no­va­tive equip­ment,” she said.

“The ECMO sled is equiv­a­lent to an in­ten­sive care unit but it is mo­bile.

“We are bring­ing all the tech­nol­ogy and ex­per­tise to the pa­tient.”

CLOSE TO HALF THE CHIL­DREN THAT COME INTO QUEENS­LAND CHIL­DREN’S HOS­PI­TAL ARE FROM RE­GIONAL AREAS – WHICH IS WHY WE FUND IN­NO­VA­TIVE EQUIP­MENT THE CHIL­DREN’S HOS­PI­TAL FOUN­DA­TION CEO ROSIE SIMP­SON

Photo: Con­tributed

Queens­land Chil­dren's Hos­pi­tal at South Bris­bane.

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