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Physician Duo Makes Finding Veins Less Intimidating


By Heather Vita - February 3, 2018

Anesthesiologists Dr. Mathew Silvaggio (centre) and Dr. Melanie Toman (left), know that anything that can help children in the Hospital is worthwhile; especially if it means they won’t be stuck as often with needles. “I don’t think any of us particularly likes getting a needle,” said Dr. Silvagio, “and kids, in particular, can be really stressed in that situation.”

Recently, Dr. Silvaggio and Dr. Toman generously funded the purchase of a vein viewer for the Hospital’s Paediatric Department. Christina Purdon, the Manager of NICU and Paediatrics (right) was delighted when it arrived. “This is such a game changer for our department,” she enthused. “This equipment uses a special light that shows the network of veins under the skin, so it’s much easier for our care team to locate veins that can often be difficult to find and perform a variety of procedures, e.g. start an IV on a child. Along with some of the distraction equipment that’s recently been funded through the Family CARE grant program (i.e. a bubble tube), I’m very confident that we’ll be able to provide a more positive environment for children in our department.”

“We’re very happy this unit has arrived and will be used right away,” said Dr. Toman. “As parents ourselves, we know how hard it is to watch your child undergo a procedure, and we feel very honoured that we could make a gift that will make time spent in the Hospital a little easier for children and their families.”

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