Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg Provides Funds for Essential Diagnostic Equipment
March 30, 2021 – Ultrasound has become essential to the way doctors and nurses assess patients. A modern-day diagnostic tool, ultrasounds have almost replaced the stethoscope. Not only are they truly effective, but equally as important they are fast.
With an ultrasound, caregivers can directly see the heart and visually tell if it is failing or stressed. Ultrasound allows them to see the fluid inside the lung and whether it has collapsed. When a patient has shock, ultrasound can be used to see if there is a loss of blood or need for fluid. Ultrasound can also diagnose pregnancy and be used as a guide for invasive procedures to make them safer. Point-of-care ultrasound has become the standard of care.
That is why during this pandemic, the Grace Hospital identified an urgent need for two ultrasound machines; one for the Emergency Department (ED) and one for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The patient acuity and capacity in both the ED and ICU have increased by 180-220% due to COVID-19. With the increase in isolation requirements paired with the time it takes to properly clean the devices, accessibility to the equipment has become paramount.
In January of 2021, the Grace Hospital Foundation contacted our good friends at the Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg and asked them if they would consider purchasing two ultrasound machines at a cost of $80,000. They instantly agreed.
The Grace Hospital could not possibly be more grateful. The Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg has a rich history of community support that goes back many decades. Their work has had a lasting impact on our city and our province; and we are proud to say that impact will carry us forward.
Thank you Kinsmen Club for being there in our time of need.