The inflight technology saving young lives
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
Queensland Children's Hospital at South Brisbane.