Equipment Funded

Your donations directly fund essential patient care equipment at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

Here's a look at the impact you've had over the past several years.

2022   |   2021    |    2020    |    2019    |    2018


Equipment Funded in 2022

 

Portable X-Ray Unit Replacement 

(Diagnostic Imaging, $254.725)

Equipment upgrade and replacement 

The existing portable x-ray unit can no longer be used because one of its removable parts was recently decommissioned. This new digital portable X-ray unit is a sealed unit, which will reduce wear and tear of its parts and has newer technology offering improved image quality and lower radiation dose to the patient and staff.


OR X-Ray C-Arm Replacement 

(Diagnostic Imaging, $331,143)

Equipment upgrade and replacement 

C-arms are used by specialized physicians in the operating room for various surgeries as well as procedures in Endoscopy and Ambulatory Care. If a C-arm is out of service, patient procedures can be potentially delayed. This new C-arm will replace an ageing one and features state-of-the-art technology for improved image quality and lower doses of radiation for the patient.


Radio-frequency Ablation (RFA) Generator

(Diagnostic Imaging, $50,945)

Equipment to treat kidney tumours

During radio-frequency ablation (RFA), a thin needle-like probe is inserted into the kidney tumour. The unit generates a high-frequency electrical current, destroying cancer cells with intense, localized heat. Having this equipment in Diagnostic Imaging eliminates the need for patients to have the procedure done in an operating room, which would also potentially result in Hospital admission.


PET/CT Replacement

(Diagnostic Imaging, $500,000)

Reconstruction to accommodate new equipment

The PET/CT is a type of nuclear medicine that uses medical radioisotopes (generated in our cyclotron) to image cancer in the body. These scans help doctors diagnose cancer and develop radiation treatment plans for patients. Our current PET/CT scanner is 14 years old and needs to be replaced to avoid delays due to breakdown. Installing the new PET/CT scanner is part of a larger project as the plan includes installing the new scanner in a new room.


PET/CT Replacement

(Diagnostic Imaging, $500,000)

Reconstruction to accommodate new equipment

The PET/CT is a type of nuclear medicine that uses medical radioisotopes (generated in our cyclotron) to image cancer in the body. These scans help doctors diagnose cancer and develop radiation treatment plans for patients. Our current PET/CT scanner is 14 years old and needs to be replaced to avoid delays due to breakdown. Installing the new PET/CT scanner is part of a larger project as the plan includes installing the new scanner in a new room.


Capital Equipment

(Labour & Delivery Maternal Newborn, $120,000)

Equipment for infant care in Labour & Delivery

All of these pieces of equipment are vital and required for the standard, safe care of a newborn infant – and all of them are in need of replacing. This equipment includes two infant warmers, a delivery cart for instruments, a resuscitation panel (should an infant require breathing assistance at birth), stirrups, and a bili blanket to reduce jaundice in newborns.


Infant Cribs & Masino Oximeter

(Paediatrics Inpatient & Outpatient, $24,500)

Equipment for inpatient and outpatient infant care

Infant cribs are necessary for basic standard of care. Two new cribs will replace ageing cribs and are equipped with features such as teething rails, anti-microbial coating, head and knee elevation indicators, and shelving for oxygen tank holders. The oximeter monitors oxygen levels of our sickest paediatric patients.


Radialis PET Camera

(Research Institute, $458,505)

Equipment for clinical trial investigating unit’s effectiveness monitoring chemotherapy in breast cancer patients

The Radialis PET scanner, designed and developed in Thunder Bay, is now in clinical trials. The unit detects breast cancer tumours using molecular imaging, which is a more effective method of diagnosing breast cancer in women who have dense breast tissue. This new unit will initially be used in a study assessing whether or not it can be used effectively to monitor chemotherapy in breast cancer patients. Possible future clinical trials will assess the Radialis PET scanner in monitoring treatment of other cancers such as prostate, rectal, and lung. 


Automated Medication dispensing Units

(Pharmacy, $458,505)

Equipment to improve medication speed and safety

Automated dispensing cabinets are proven to improve medication speed and safety – including at our Hospital. Rather than travel to the pharmacy to manually fill prescriptions, they can be reviewed and approved electronically. Then, the secure cabinet automatically dispenses the right medication and dose to authorized healthcare professionals on that unit. This greatly increases speed and reduces the risk of medication errors, improving both patient safety and comfort. With this grant, outpatient units at the Hospital where medication administration is a predominant practice (Cancer Centre, Renal Unit, Surgical Day Care) will now have automated dispensing cabinets.


3T MRI Upgrade 

(Research Institute, $67,756.85)

Equipment upgrade of current 3T MRI unit and reconstruction of the MRI Suite

The Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute is home to many groundbreaking research projects. Many of these need the most up-to-date MRI technology such as research into COVID-19 and brain diseases including Alzheimer’s. This upgrade and necessary reconstruction of the MRI suite will extend the useful life of our 3T MRI. In turn, it will help retain our scientists; provide research opportunities for clinicians, students (NOSM, Lakehead University, Confederation College); and allow us to build stronger research partnerships with other research institutions and agencies.


Biochemistry & Microbiology Equipment

(Lab, $165,051)

Equipment to measure alcohol levels and identify infectious diseases

Two new gas chromatographers will replace ageing units. This equipment is essential for detecting dangerous alcohol levels in patients including identifying the type of alcohol, which is key for treatment planning. Annual volume in 2022 is 23,856 compared to 319 in 2006. The automated gram stainer will also replace an ageing unit, and is used to identify infectious pathogens for treatment planning.


Patient Wandering & Infant Abductions Systems 

(Captial Planning, $612,000)

Equipment to track movements of at-risk patients

Some patients in units 1A, 2A, and 2B are at risk of wandering, which can lead to them getting lost or injured. Bracelets alert staff if these patients wander outside of their rooms. Similarly, infant bracelets help reduce the risk of abduction. When activated, doors in Maternal Newborn automatically close and lock to prevent unauthorized movement of an infant outside of designated areas.


Central Water Purification System 

(Renal Program, $600,298.94)

Equipment for purifying water used during hemodialysis

Water purification is essential for safe hemodialysis for our 200+ patients. Our current system is 18 years old (original to our Hospital) and requires replacing to ensure safe, continuous operation for our dialysis patients in Thunder Bay.


OR 8 (Urology) Integration and Video Upgrade

(Surgery, $308,686)

Equipment for minimally invasive urological surgery

Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) reduces surgery risks, improves outcomes, and reduces hospital stays. New generation systems are integrated, which means they are centrally controlled through one control panel, freeing up nursing staff and streamlining procedures. This new system is ceiling mounted, giving the equipment a better range of movement and freeing up floor space. Integration also improves remote learning opportunities for students and doctors learning new procedures.


Vein Viewer 3.0 Flex

(Ambulatory Care, $9,590.93)

Equipment to detect veins for IV access

Some people have veins that are harder to see, making accessing those veins for IVs more difficult. That can lead to more “pokes” of the needle and greater discomfort to the patient. This new vein finder will help nurses find the vein the first time for fewer pokes and less discomfort.


Ophthalmology Microscope

(Surgery, $229,222)

Equipment to replace and upgrade current eye surgery microscope

The ophthalmology microscope is used during cataract surgery (over 2,200 per year) and operations to repair traumatic eye injuries. This new unit replaces an ageing (15+ years) unit. It also represents an upgrade with features that allow up to 16 surgeries per day as well as an external monitor for the team to follow along more closely and for teaching purposes.


Cardiac Monitors (2)

(Endoscopy, $24,453)

Equipment to monitor vital signs during clinical procedures

During clinical procedures, it is important that a patient’s heart rate, rhythms, oxygen levels and blood pressure be monitored, especially when medications are used to relax patients. This close monitoring helps avoid complications for patients or admission to hospital. These two new cardiac monitors are essential as they will be replacing ageing monitors that are getting more difficult to repair.


Ventilators (2)

(Respiratory Therapy, $102,872.18)

Equipment to help patients breathe

Patients may have difficulty breathing for a number of reasons including coma, lung injury, COVID-19, asthma, and low blood pressure, among many others. These two ventilators will replace ageing units to ensure a full complement of ventilators for our patients from babies to adults.


Pulmonary Function Testing Lab

(Respiratory Therapy, $203,790)

Equipment to test breathing ability

Pulmonary function testing (PFT) involves a series of non-invasive breathing tests to measure flow, lung volume, and gas exchange. It is used to help diagnose certain breathing issues including asthma, and helps doctors monitor patients with chronic pulmonary diseases. This lab replaces an ageing lab from the Port Arthur General Hospital first installed 20+ years ago.


Door Card Swipe

(Emergency Department, $5,970)

Equipment to secure certain doors in the Emergency Department

Each day, the Emergency Department sees 15 patients on average presenting with mental health and/or addictions issues. Door card swipes will enable the Emergency Department to create a safe space for those at greatest risk and restrict access to these areas for better patient safety.


ECG Machine

(Cardiac Diagnostics, $22,940)

Equipment to evaluate heart function

An electrocardiogram (ECG) is the go-to for quick evaluation of the heart to help diagnose issues related to heart function and electrical activity. These include inflammation or enlargement of the heart, damage to the heart muscle, and blockages. “Time is muscle”, so fast, accurate diagnosis is essential. This new ECG machine replaces an ageing unit prone to breakdown to ensure availability for heart patients.


Cardiac Catheterization Lab Replacement

(Cardiac Cath Lab, $2,037,800)

Equipment for angioplasty and other heart catheterization procedures

Cath labs, which consist of a C-arm, patient table, and control station, typically last 10 years in regular use. We use both cath labs five days per week for scheduled procedures, though they are open 24/7 for emergency procedures including angioplasties. One of these labs is now past end of life and needs replacing. This replacement will also be an upgrade offering the latest technology including integrated systems for more streamlined procedures.


Cancer Program Capital Equipment

(Regional Cancer Care, $263,487)

Equipment for safer, more effective radiation treatment

Our two linear accelerators (linacs) provide radiation treatment for cancer patients. These adaptable units can be upgraded to extend their functional lifetime. This grant will purchase a number of upgrades including new IT hardware, a breath-hold system, an MR image distortion correction system, and a server upgrade. All will help our Cancer Centre provide safer, more effective radiation treatments to our cancer patients.


NAPRA Project

(Cancer Centre Pharmacy, $200,000)

Equipment for safer preparation of chemotherapy compounds

All cancer programs in Ontario must follow National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) guidelines for preparing chemotherapy compounds. However, due to evolving guidelines, our facility was no longer compliant. This grant provides for better ventilation, designated preparation areas to decrease risk of cross-contamination, and better room design. Ultimately, these changes will result in safer preparation of chemotherapy compounds for patients and staff.


Regional Grants

 

Pentax Colonoscope, Terrace Bay

(Regional Cancer Care, $32,885.06)

Equipment to replace ageing colonoscopy equipment

The North of Superior Healthcare Group in Terrace Bay strives to provide closer-to-home colonoscopy and endoscopy services so that patients do not have to travel to Thunder Bay or elsewhere for care. This new colonoscope supports that mission, replacing and upgrading ageing equipment.


Novum IQ Pumps (3), Fort Frances

(Regional Cancer Care, $16,038)

Equipment replacement and upgrade for chemotherapy infusion

Regional Cancer Care supports several outpatient chemotherapy programs throughout Northwestern Ontario for closer-to-home care. The program at Riverside Health Care in Fort Frances needs to replace ageing chemotherapy IV infusion pumps. These new single-channel pumps are an upgrade in technology, which will improve patient safety.


Ultrasound Machine, Fort Frances

(Regional Cancer Care, $24,510.88)

Equipment to support a local PICC line program

Many patients undergoing chemotherapy have a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line for chemotherapy infusion. Ultrasound helps guide the insertion procedure. Previously, patients had to travel to Thunder Bay to get their PICC line inserted. This new and upgraded ultrasound equipment ensures that the cancer program in Fort Frances can continue to perform closer-to-home PICC line insertions, which to date has eliminated that travel for 275 patients.


Chemotherapy Infusion Room Renovation, Red Lake

(Regional Cancer Care, $3,064.56)

Renovations to improve observation during chemotherapy

Currently the chemotherapy infusion room at the Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital is separate from the oncology office. This means that patients may be out of sight of staff during certain points of their long treatments. These renovations, including a new observation window, will improve patient safety, allowing staff to continuously observe patients in the rare occurrence of a reaction to the medications.


MOPEC Camera HR and Software, Sioux Lookout

(Regional Cancer Care, $36,814.45)

Equipment to enhance communications during tumour biopsies

Biopsies of tumours are important prior to surgery to determine whether or not the tumour is cancerous. The surgical team Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre prepares the slides with biopsy slices under the guidance of pathologists in Kenora before sending those slides to their lab. Currently, the team uses FaceTime on an iPad, which is not an effective method. This new camera equipment will improve efficiency and provide high-quality video and images.

 


Equipment Funded in 2021

 

Nursing Station Desk Lift Renovation

(Forensic Mental Health, $5,254.50)

Facility improvement to raise nursing station for better views, improving patient safety

The Forensic Mental Health unit provides care to people with severe and persistent mental health issues who have come in contact with the criminal justice system. The nursing station on the unit is enclosed for safety reasons. However, the current height of the desk makes it difficult for nurses at the station to monitor patients in the unit when working on the computers to complete charts and other work. By raising the desk level, nurses will have a better view of the unit to provide better care and improve patient safety.


New Staff Entrance for Forensic Mental Health

(Forensic Mental Health, $24,480.36)

Facility improvement to improve patient, staff and public safety

Currently, staff and patients enter the secure unit using one single secured entrance. However, in the event of a Code White (a patient has become aggressive or assaultive), it is safer for the staff to enter the unit through its own secure entrance way into the staff area instead of directly into the patient area. This will give staff and security time and space to consider the safest options before de-escalating the situation.


Portable Medical Lifts x2

(Hospital Wide, $25,599.94)

Equipment to assist with patient transfers and positioning for patient and staff safety

During hospitalization, it is best practice for patients to change positions at regular intervals to prevent common injuries such as pressure sores and blood clots. Some patients require help changing position, which can often lead to staff injury. Mechanical lift-assist devices are safer for both staff and patients. These two new devices will replace ageing equipment.


Giraffe Blue Spot Lite Phototherapy System

(NICU, $8,394.36)

Equipment to prevent more dangerous forms of jaundice in newborns

Jaundice is common in newborns, especially in pre-term babies, and usually disappears on its own. However in some cases, it can lead to a build-up of bilirubin, a more dangerous condition that can cause seizures, brain damage, and other permanent injury. Phototherapy – the use of light on the baby’s skin – can prevent this dangerous condition by effectively eliminating bilirubin.


Cancer Care Capital Upgrades

(Regional Cancer Care, $252,709)

Equipment to upgrade to current technology and improve patient

These upgrades to radiation therapy will ensure our cancer patients continue to receive cutting-edge cancer care. Capital upgrades include: two new linear accelerator (linac) control systems – one for each linac, data migration hardware (servers and switches), workstation upgrades, three deep breath hold control systems to assist patients during treatment, a treatment immobilization device to reduce patient movement on the treatment table, and a warming blanket for patient comfort.


Multi-purpose Echocardiography Machine x 2

(Cardiovascular Surgery Program, $500,000)

Equipment upgrade and replacement ultrasound diagnostic tool

Echocardiograms use ultrasound waves to image certain areas of the body including the heart to diagnose conditions, for treatment planning, and for treatment monitoring. Today’s new technology is lighter, easier to use, and more portable than ever. It is also the type of technology needed for our growing Cardiovascular Surgery Program to ensure the best quality images possible. These multi-purpose units can be used for cardiovascular, cancer, Emergency Department, NICU, and other patients throughout the Hospital without transferring the patient – the portable unit comes to them.


Bariatric Stretcher Chair

(Intensive Care Unit, $12,198.77)

Equipment to help with transfer of patients over 350 pounds

There are risks to lifting and moving patients over 350 pounds – risks to the patient and staff. This specially designed chair minimizes risks to improve patient and staff safety. The heavy-duty chair has an infinite number of tilt and recline positions from fully sitting to a flat stretcher with powered positioning controls.


Microbiology Plate Streakers x2

(Hospital Wide, $250,000)

Equipment to identify pathogens and diagnose disease

The microbiology lab uses devices called plate streakers to identify pathogens such as bacteria or yeast from patient samples to diagnose a range of diseases. These two streakers – one automatic and one semi-automatic – will replace and upgrade ageing units that are past end of life and at failure risk. Failure of one or both units would lead to delays in diagnoses affecting patient care, flow, and management.


Point of Care Testing (POCT) Equipment

(Hospital Wide, $41,775)

Equipment for rapid bedside testing

Point-of-care testing or POCT is a type of rapid testing “at the bedside” that helps doctors diagnose disease faster. Not only does this improve patient care and convenience, it also improves patient flow in high-volume areas including the Emergency Department. Equipment includes two blood analyzers and one urinalysis device.


Automated Medication Dispensing Units x2

(Pharmacy, $100,000)

Equipment to improve medication speed and safety

Automated dispensing cabinets are proven to improve medication speed and safety – including at our Hospital. Rather than manually fill out prescriptions and travel to the pharmacy to fill them, prescriptions can be reviewed and approved electronically. Then, the secure cabinet automatically dispenses the right medication and dose to authorized healthcare professionals on that unit. This greatly increases speed and reduces the risk of medication errors, improving both patient safety and comfort. With this grant, all inpatient units at the Hospital will now have automated dispensing cabinets.


MRI Compatible Virtual Reality Goggles 

(Pediatric Outpatient, $68,733.49)

Equipment for young patient comfort and improved safety

Children coming to the Hospital for tests and procedures may feel scared and overwhelmed. Staff try to provide distractions including games. But these distractions are limited; MRI procedures do not allow for metal inside the room since the imaging device is a large magnet. These MRI-compatible Virtual Reality goggles can be used to calm children by immersing them in scenery or a game. This reduces the need for medications and the possible side effects that come with them.


Capital Equipment - Labour & Delivery Maternal Newborns

(Labour & Delivery, $120,000)

Equipment for infant care in Labour & Delivery

Labour & Delivery requires equipment replacement and upgrades for safe delivery for mother and child. This equipment includes two infant warmers, a delivery cart for instruments, an operating table for emergency surgical interventions during labour, a microscope to confirm whether or not mother’s water broke, and two bili blankets and a phototherapy light to reduce jaundice in newborns.


High-Definition Video Camera Head for Operating Room

(Urology, $21,000)

Equipment for better diagnosis of urological conditions

High-definition cameras have become the Gold Standard of urological procedures. They help during diagnosis and treatment of a variety of conditions including cancers of the kidney, ureter, bladder, and prostate, as well as kidney stones and prostate enlargement. This camera head replaces a damaged unit. A loaner camera head will be used in the meantime to reduce diagnosis and treatment delays.


X-Ray Replacement 

(Fracture Clinic, $380,000)

Equipment to X-ray bones for breaks

The ageing X-ray unit in the Fracture Clinic is original to the Hospital’s opening in 2004 and is in need of replacement. This new unit also upgrades the previous technology by providing higher resolution images using a lower dose of radiation. The installation of this unit represents the last of the X-ray upgrades recommended by Diagnostic Imaging’s Five-Year Plan.


3T Clinical MRI Scanner

(Diagnostic Imaging, $300,000)

Equipment to replace and upgrade current 1.5T MRI unit

Magnetic resonance imaging or MRI is becoming a standard diagnostic tool for cardiac, breast, and prostate imaging along with other uses including orthopaedics. This new 3T unit will replace and upgrade the current 1.5T, providing sharper images of soft tissues in most situations. It is also faster which means more patients can be scanned per day.


General Diagnostic Ultrasound

(Diagnostic Imaging, $100,000)

Equipment for diagnostic imaging

Ultrasound is used for diagnostic imaging in a variety of situations for inpatient, outpatient, and emergency patients. This new unit will replace an ageing unit purchased in 2006 which is experiencing failures leading to significant downtime. Replacing this unit now will avoid possible delays for the individual patient as well as overall patient flow. The new unit will also be an upgrade providing improved image quality.


Phaco Handpiece x2

(Operating Room, $11,208)

Equipment for cataract surgery

The Phaco handpiece uses ultrasound to break up cataracts and remove debris from the eye in preparation for a new artificial lens. These two new units will help the Hospital’s OR meet their heavy workload. Surgeons in the OR perform over 2,200 cataract surgeries per year.


MIS Suite Equipment with Integration

(Operating Room, $200,000)

Equipment replacement for three minimally invasive surgery suites

Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) including laparoscopic surgery reduces recovery time and side-effect risk, providing better patient care and safety. Currently, surgeons perform 5,000 minimally invasive surgeries every year at our Hospital in one of three MIS suites. All three require replacement of ageing equipment including surgical booms, surgical lights, camera systems, and monitors. The new systems will include upgraded integration so that all equipment can be controlled from one central console.


Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery Equipment

(Operating Room, $32,694)

Equipment to assist with minimally invasive thoracic surgery

A new thoracic surgeon at our Hospital brings the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques for procedures such as lung resection during cancer diagnosis. However, this requires specialized equipment. These clamps and holders will allow the surgeon to perform video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) without the need of an assistant to hold the equipment during surgery.


Electrosurgical Cautery Units x2

(Endoscopy, $101,890)

Equipment for cutting and cauterizing during endoscopy

Cautery units are key pieces of equipment used during endoscopy to remove polyps, take a tissue sample for biopsy, and cauterize wounds to reduce bleeding. These two new units will replace ageing equipment.


Ascent Trainer 

(Adult Mental Health, $7,815.80)

Equipment to improve physical and mental health

Research shows that physical exercise improves mental health including reducing depression, stress, and anger. However, there are limited options for people admitted to the Adult Mental Health unit who often cannot leave to go outside for exercise for even short periods of time. This new elliptical-like trainer will allow inpatients to get more exercise along with all the benefits that brings.


Thunder Bay Breast Cancer Support Group

($5,000.00)

Program to support breast cancer patients and survivors

The Thunder Bay Breast Cancer Support Group provides support through monthly meetings and other events to patients diagnosed with breast cancer throughout treatment and survivorship.


Large-Volume Infusion Pumps

 

(Hospital Wide, $100,000)

Equipment to deliver medication and/or fluids via IV

This standard equipment is used throughout the Hospital in almost all clinical areas to deliver medications and/or fluids via IV. The current fleet of 600 have been discontinued and will no longer be supported by the manufacturer past 2023. The Hospital plans to replace them with 665 new units. These units also represent an upgrade with safety features such as advanced dose error reduction and infusion limits. 


Equipment Funded in Regional Hospitals 

In addition to funding equipment at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, your donations provided essential equipment in communities across Northwestern Ontario. Each year, different communities receive funding thanks to your generosity. In 2020, the following grants were distributed.

 

Chemotherapy IV Infusion Pump x 2 – Dryden 

(Regional Cancer Care, $10,832)

Equipment replacement and upgrade for chemotherapy infusion.

Regional Cancer Care supports several outpatient chemotherapy programs throughout Northwestern Ontario for closer-to-home care. The program in Dryden needs to replace ageing chemotherapy IV infusion pumps. These new pumps are an upgrade in a number of ways including built-in error prevention features, wireless monitoring, and customization features for pharmacists. The pumps will improve patient safety as well as program efficiency.


Central Water Purification System - Fort Frances

(Renal Program, $100,000)

Equipment to replace ageing purification system

Dialysis requires a reliable supply of clean water, which entails purification to ensure it is safe for patients. This new purification system replaces an ageing unit at the La Verendrye Hospital – Riverside Health Care in Fort Frances.


Colonoscopy Upgrades - Marathon and Area

(Regional Cancer Care, $43,784.49)

Equipment to ensure reliable colonoscopies in Marathon and surrounding area

Dialysis requires a reliable supply of clean water, which entails purification to ensure it is safe for patients. This new purification system replaces an ageing unit at the La Verendrye Hospital – Riverside Health Care in Fort Frances.


CADD Infusion Pump - Kenora 

(Regional Cancer Care, $6,616.72)

Equipment to provide automated pain medications to palliative patients

Often for palliative patients, oral pain and other medications may not be possible. The Continuous Ambulatory Delivery Device or CADD infusion pump provides easy infusion of medications. This unit includes safety features including dosage monitoring and pre-programmed infusion rates. It is also relatively small and therefore less intrusive, contributing to patient comfort and quality of life.


Chemotherapy IV Infusion Pump x2 - Dryden 

(Regional Cancer Care, $10,832)

Equipment replacement and upgrade for chemotherapy infusion

Regional Cancer Care supports several outpatient chemotherapy programs throughout Northwestern Ontario for closer-to-home care. The program in Dryden needs to replace ageing chemotherapy IV infusion pumps. These new pumps are an upgrade in a number of ways including built-in error prevention features, wireless monitoring, and customization features for pharmacists. The pumps will improve patient safety as well as program efficiency.


Equipment Funded in 2020



Hemodialysis Treatment Chairs x4

(Renal Services, $26,440)

Equipment for improving patient comfort during dialysis

Renal patients can undergo dialysis treatments for hours at a time, up to three days per week. That’s a long time, especially if the chairs are uncomfortable. This grant provides four upgraded hemodialysis chairs for the Renal Program in Thunder Bay. All monies were raised directly from the annual Greek Supper Club fundraiser, held each October.


Microbiology Urinalysis and Digital Microscopy 

(Diagnostic Imaging, $40,000)

Equipment to upgrade lab test capabilities

Urinalysis and microscopy are vital tests to help doctors diagnose many different conditions in patients. However, equipment in our labs is ageing making them more susceptible to failure and downtime. This new equipment also features new technological advances to improve quality of results, turnaround times, and overall efficiency.


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Defibrillators x2

(Critical Care, $47,009)

Equipment to reset the heart during a heart attack

Critical Care has replaced most of its defibrillators throughout our Hospital over the last five years to ensure we have the latest technology. These two new units replace ageing equipment and upgrade capabilities: one for the 2C (Cardiology) unit and one for the Cardiac Cath Lab.

Pictured is Adrian McKee, RN

 


BiPAP Ventillators x2

(Critical Care, $57,219)

Equipment to assist with breathing

Patients in Critical Care (ICU) often require assistance breathing using a ventilator, including most notably COVID patients. Most ventilators are CPAP or continuous flow ventilators during inhale and exhale. These specialized BiPAP or bi-level flow ventilators allow staff to change the flow during inhale and exhale independently as needed. These are critical care-grade units designed for constant daily use.


Pictured is Darolyn Hryciw and Jennifer Gadioma, Respiratory Therapists

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ICU Beds x3 

(Critical Care, $88,161)

Equipment for specialized care of Critical Care/ICU patients

ICU bed function is essential to proper patient care. These three new ICU beds replace ageing equipment, but they also greatly increase patient care, comfort, and safety by reducing the risk of pressure (bed) sores through better pressure and moisture management, improving fall prevention features, improving the communications system, and helping treat other complications due to immobility.

 


Cooling/Warming Blanket

(Critical Care, $22,926)

Equipment to improve outcomes for patients in a variety of situations

This multi-use, highly specialized blanket can be used in several situations. It can cool a patient after a heart attack, which helps protect brain cells leading to better outcomes for the patient. The warming feature can be used in other situations such as for treating a patient with hypothermia. In both cases, this electronically controlled blanket allows more precise temperature control.


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Video Laryngoscope

(Critical Care, $17,800)

Equipment to improve intubation

Intubation is a common procedure to assist a patient with breathing. However, the intubation process can be painful for the patient, can require several attempts, and potentially lead to life-threatening complications. The video capabilities allow physicians to see down the patient’s windpipe, reducing the number of attempts and reducing the risk of discomfort and complications.

Pictured is Dr. Lansdell


Bladder Scanner 

(Oncology Unit, $16,750)

Equipment to help determine need for catheterization

Catheterization carries certain risks and can cause considerable discomfort for the patient. A bladder scanner is a painless way staff can determine whether or not catheterization is actually needed. This new equipment will replace an ageing unit. The current model is shipped out of town with increasing frequency due to failure, with an expensive ($750) rental unit needed each time this happens.


Pictured is Danielle Boissy, RN, Megan Kowalski, RN, and Yao XU, RPN (left to right)

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Electric Procedure Stretcher 

(Regional Cancer Care, $7,500)

Equipment for more comfortable outpatient cancer treatments

Regional Cancer Care provides outpatient cancer treatments and is the admission point for some medical procedures. Current patient stretchers are old (15+ years), narrow, and uncomfortable. This new stretcher will replace ageing equipment and upgrade capabilities including electric adjustment controls instead of manual for easier use by patients and improved staff safety.

 

 


ECG Monitoring for Radiation Therapy 

(Regional Cancer Care, $11,914)

Equipment to monitor certain heart patients while receiving radiation therapy for safer treatment

Radiation therapy to treat cancer can cause pacemakers and similar implanted devices to malfunction. This portable ECG unit will monitor patients during radiation therapy to ensure their device continues to work properly, improving patient safety.


Specialized Stretchers x2

(Adult Mental Health, $14,780)

Equipment for safer patient resting and transport

Patients treated in adult mental health have different, specific needs than many patients, including the need for added safety features. These two new stretchers replace ageing equipment with state-of-the-art safety features including tamper-resistant hardware, lockout mechanisms, and a more solid construction. They will reduce the risk of harm to the patient as well as to staff and others.


Breast Imaging Ultrasound & Software

(Linda Buchan Centre, $190,000)

Equipment for various breast imaging procedures

The current breast imaging ultrasound unit is a vital piece of equipment for the Linda Buchan Centre. Last year, staff used it for over 5,000 imaging procedures including image-guided breast biopsies. The current unit reached end of life in 2018, which means parts became unavailable should it need servicing. This new, reliable, and dedicated unit will help ensure continued fast access to screening and diagnostic services for women across Northwestern Ontario.


Bone Densometer

(Diagnostic Imaging, $50,000)

Equipment to measure bone density

A bone densitometer is a low-dose X-ray imager that can safely measure the density of bone. This is important for diagnosing certain conditions including osteoporosis. It can also be used to monitor bone density during certain treatments including steroid use and some cancer treatments. This unit could potentially be used for future clinical trials testing new treatments for bone density loss.


Automated Dispensing Cabinet

(Pharmacy, $150,000)

Equipment to improve medication speed and safety

Automated dispensing cabinets are proven to improve medication speed and safety – including at our Hospital. Rather than manually fill out prescriptions and travel to the pharmacy to fill them, prescriptions can be reviewed and approved electronically. Then, the secure cabinet automatically dispenses the right medication and dose to authorized healthcare professionals on that unit. This greatly increases speed and reduces the risk of medication errors, improving both patient safety and comfort. This particular grant will go towards funding cabinets for the surgical units.


OmniBed Infant Warmer

NICU - Women and Children's Program ($57,000)

Equipment to warm babies at birth

Sometimes babies who undergo assessments at birth need more protection than a basic infant warmer can provide. This OmniBed infant warmer combines features with an incubator for better temperature control among other things. It replaces ageing equipment, vital to ensuring baby comfort and safety.


Impatient Equipment 

Paediatrics Unit - Women and Children's Program ($84,568)

Equipment to replace ageing equipment including equipment reaching end of life

The Women and Children’s Program has developed a five-year replacement plan for its beds. This grant goes towards replacing an ageing bed and crib. It also provides funding to replace an ageing paediatric infusion pump for precise medications and an oximeter, which measures oxygen levels.


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Fun Centre

Paediatrics Unit and CAMHU

Equipment to keep child inpatients engaged 

Starlight Fun Centres provide entertainment and social connection to children staying in the inpatient Paediatric unit or Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit (CAMHU). Each centre consists of a TV with the ability to play movies, a gaming unit to play Wii U games, and the ability to interact with friends on social media. It can also double as a large videoconferencing unit to visit virtually with friends and family. This grant was pre-approved through the Patterson Endowment.


Infant Warmer, Isolette Phototherapy

Women and Children's program ($18,600)

Equipment for Labour & Delivery to replace ageing equipment

The Labour & Delivery program requires replacement equipment: an infant warmer to keep baby warm while undergoing post-birth assessment, an isolette (incubator) for babies who need ongoing care in a controlled environment, and a phototherapy system, which helps infants born with jaundice.

Mammography Workstation

Prevention and Screening Clinical Services ($32,605)

Equipment replacement (various, ageing) for surgical procedures 

Several pieces of ageing equipment routinely used in the operating rooms at our Hospital require replacement. These include a bronchial scope (EBUS), scopes for arthroscopic (knee) surgery, tourniquets and stands to control blood flow during surgery, ergonomic stools for surgeons, and laparoscopic instruments for minimally invasive gall bladder procedures.


Operating Room Equipment

(Operating Room, $317,800)

Equipment replacement (various, ageing) for surgical procedures

Several pieces of ageing equipment routinely used in the operating rooms at our Hospital require replacement. These include a bronchial scope (EBUS), scopes for arthroscopic (knee) surgery, tourniquets and stands to control blood flow during surgery, ergonomic stools for surgeons, and laparoscopic instruments for minimally invasive gall bladder procedures.


Rhizotomy Machine

(Ambulatory Care, $ 20,989)

Equipment that provides longer-term back pain relief

Patients who suffer from chronic back pain often receive steroid injections, which can relieve pain for a number of weeks. Rhizotomy on the other hand can provide relief for months or years. The unit generates enough heat to “deaden” nerves and stop them from sending pain messages to the brain. Ambulatory Care estimates the unit will be used for 200 to 300 procedures per year.


Thunder Bay Breast Cancer Support Group

(Support Groups, $5,000)

Program to support breast cancer patients and survivors

The Thunder Bay Breast Cancer Support Group provides support through monthly meetings and other events to patients diagnosed with breast cancer throughout treatment and survivorship.


Colonoscopy Screening Program Digital Enhancements 

(Regional Cancer Care, $51,009)

Equipment to improve colonoscopy access for patients in Marathon

Colonoscopy is a vital tool used to screen for colorectal cancer. Early detection leads to much better outcomes for patients. However, for some patients living in Marathon, the trip is too far to Thunder Bay. Regional Cancer Care established a colonoscopy clinic in Marathon held by surgeons from Thunder Bay. This equipment supports this program, providing easier access to colorectal cancer screening for residents in Marathon and surrounding areas.

 


 

Equipment Funded in Regional Hospitals 

In addition to funding equipment at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, your donations provided essential equipment in communities across Northwestern Ontario. Each year, different communities receive funding thanks to your generosity. In 2020, the following grants were distributed.

 

Patient Scale - Sioux Lookout

Renal Program, ($7,005)

Equipment to ensure patient safety during dialysis

Accurate weight measurement before each dialysis treatment is essential to ensure patient safety. This patient scale replaces an ageing scale in Sioux Lookout that is no longer as accurate as it needs to be. This specialized scale can weigh patients who are either standing or sitting in a wheelchair. All monies were raised directly from the annual Greek Supper Club fundraiser, held each October.


Hemodialysis Treatment Chairs x 4

Sioux Lookout & Fort Frances - Renal Program(s) ($28,440)

Equipment for improving patient comfort during dialysis 

Renal patients can undergo dialysis treatments for hours at a time, up to three days per week. That’s a long time, especially if the chairs are uncomfortable. This grant provides four upgraded hemodialysis chairs for the Renal Program at the Sioux Lookout and Fort Frances sites, including additional shipping costs. All monies were raised directly from the annual Greek Supper Club fundraiser, held each October.


BARD Prevue Ultrasound System - Fort Frances

Regional Cancer Care, ($4,980)

Equipment to improve patient comfort during chemotherapy

Chemotherapy involves finding a vein and inserting a needle to administer the medication. However, veins in some patients can be difficult to find. This can lead to repeated attempts at jabbing the patient, causing physical discomfort and mental anguish during what can be an already difficult time emotionally. The new ultrasound system will pinpoint vein locations exactly to improve patient comfort.


Temporal Thermometer - Fort Frances

Regional Cancer Care, ($675)

Equipment for keeping patients comfortable while receiving chemotherapy

For patients receiving chemotherapy, an infection can be a medical emergency. Since a rising temperature can be a sign of infection, staff regularly monitor patient temperature. This new temporal thermometer is more accurate than their current oral and core thermometers. It also does not require additional equipment to operate such as the ear probes used in core temperature thermometers, reducing operating costs.


Heated Chemotherapy Chair with Lift Capability - Sioux Lookout

Regional Cancer Care, ($3,508)


Equipment for keeping patients comfortable while receiving chemotherapy

Patients receiving chemotherapy often sit hours during treatment. The type and quality of the treatment chair is vital to their comfort for such long stretches. This new chemotherapy chair with warming capabilities will improve patient comfort. A similar chair in the Sioux Lookout program has already proven to be a patient favourite.


Chemotherapy IV Infusion Pump - Dryden

Regional Cancer Care ($4,928)

Equipment replacement and upgrade for chemotherapy infusion

Regional Cancer Care supports several outpatient chemotherapy programs throughout Northwestern Ontario for closer-to-home care. The program in Dryden needs to replace ageing chemotherapy IV infusion pumps. This new pump is an upgrade in a number of ways including built-in error prevention features, wireless monitoring, and customization features for pharmacists. The pump will improve patient safety as well as program efficiency.