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There are technological changes every single day in medicine.
In this ever-changing environment, it has never been more important to ensure that Perth Children’s Hospital has access to the best equipment possible so that staff can continue to deliver extraordinary care.
Working closely with the hospital, the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation identifies the most-urgent equipment needs of the wards and departments.
Your support ensures that we can provide Perth Children’s Hospital with leading edge equipment that improves diagnosis and treatment outcomes, shortens waiting periods for families and allows for a better standard of paediatric care.
Our latest projects
Thanks to the generosity of long-term Foundation supporters ToyBox International and the incredible community spirit of those who participated in the Christmas Lights for Perth Children’s Hospital campaign, the hospital will soon be taking delivery of a brand new NETS ambulance. NETS stands for Newborn Emergency Transport Service; a specialist team of doctors and nurses solely dedicated to providing neonatal intensive care during transport. NETS WA is a division of the Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) of PCH and KEMH. Read More
Armeo spring paediatric robotic arm
In an effort to assist young patients with limited arm mobility, in 2015 the Foundation purchased a state-of-the-art robotic arm for the Department of Paediatric Rehabilitation.The arm is the only one of its kind being used in paediatric care in Australia. The robotic device is an exoskeleton that covers and counter-balances the entire arm of the child. With the help of computer-based 3D workspaces, patients are able to play fun and engaging interactive games based on particular arm and hand movements which assist in developing motor skills in the damaged limb. Patients, like Alexey who previously had no movement ability in their arm or hand can now, with dedicated use of the device, develop their active movement skills and live a happier, healthier life. Read more.
Pulsed Dye Laser Machine
Thanks to support from Rio Tinto, the Foundation funded a $140,000 Pulsed Dye Laser machine for the hospital’s Dermatology Department in 2014. The machine penetrates blood vessels for short bursts of treatment and through consistent use, gradually dulls vascular blemishes and birthmarks. WA children born with vascular disfigurements now have access to cutting-edge treatment which is making a dramatic difference to their young lives. One of the patients who has benefitted from this machine is three-year-old Lucy, pictured above with Clinical Nurse Specialist Narissa Wieland and the Pulsed Dye Laser machine. Read more.
In May 2015 our corporate partner MACA kindly funded two much-needed portable Ultrasounds for Princess Margaret Hospital, which have now been transferred to the new Perth Children’s Hospital. These ultrasound machines are used by the Department of Anaesthesia to allow for real-time imaging of the nerves of children when they are undergoing medical procedures. Previously, the hospital was limited to using fixed ultrasound machines which reduced theatre efficiency and lead to prolonged anaesthesia until a machine became available. As well as providing higher quality images, the new ultrasound machines have the added benefit of greater portability which allows them to be moved throughout the hospital, thereby increasing the areas where they can be used. Read more.
Some of the other equipment we’ve been able to provide over the past two years thanks to our supporters include;
- Insulin Pumps for children with diabetes
- A Carbon Dioxide Laser for the Total Care Burns Unit
- Advanced 3D Scanners for the Dental Department
- Ventilators and a Medi-Therm Cooling System to help the Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
- Tele-conferencing equipment for the Diagnostic Imaging Department;
- An Ultra Sound (ECHO) machine for Cardiology
- An Intestinal Mobility Laboratory for Gastroenterology
- Vital signs monitors for the Emergency Department and wards throughout the hospital
Regular equipment updates and replacements ensure the hospital remains up to date with developments in medical technology. For this to happen, the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation funds a wide range of equipment ranging from $2,500 to well over half a million dollars.
Your continued support in the funding of medical technology goes a long way in revolutionising the treatment and healthcare of children at Perth Children’s Hospital.