Needs for 2022-2023
- GBHS uses an extensive capital process to prioritize needs
- Only the highest priorities receive funding
- Government funds less than 10% of medical equipment
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Equipment plays a critical role at the Owen Sound Regional Hospital. It allows doctors, nurses and technical staff to offer the latest in tests and procedures to patients from across the region. Having services available here can make a lifesaving difference! A well-equipped Hospital also saves patients from having to travel to larger centers for medical care, and it helps us to recruit and keep doctors and other medical professionals here.
Ambulatory & Emergency Care
Compartment Syndrom Monitor
Digital paediatric/infant scale [Funded]
Digital Stand on Scale
Cardiac Stress Testing Equipment [Funded]
Used to diagnose heart disease and monitor recovery. Current equipment can no longer be serviced, repaired, or updated. Used in about 260 exams a year.
Pumps & Specialty Mattress
Custom Convertible Mattress Low Air Loss
Two Ambulatory Blood Pressure Machines
7 day Holter Monitors
Ultrasound Units for Replacement
Will improve image quality and have HEPA filter probe storage cabinets. Standard model used across all GBHS hospitals reduces training needed for staff.
Interentional Radiology Ultrasound Unit Replacement
Used daily to monitor minimaly invasive procedures (PICC line insertions, abscess drains, tube placements, etc.) that would have previously required surgeries.
EEG Equipment Replacement
Trophon High-Level Disinfecting Units
TV's and Dialysis Chairs
Six Dialysis Chairs and Televisions
Required for disease diagnosis to identify specific tumour markers and determine whether tumours are malignant or benign. Can also determine the stage and grade of tumours, identify cell types, and help figure out where the cancer started. 2,517 special stains and 13,025 immune stains ordered in 2019.
Mictromes are used to cut tissue so that it can be placed on slides for further testing. It is an intricate and challenging task. This would acquire one manual Microtome ($29,900) and one automatic Microtome ($51,750) for the lab. The labs current Microtomes are 13-15 years old and will no longer be maintained due to age.
Blood Culture Monitoring System
Can detect positive blood cultures in real time. Will alarm as soon as growth is detected to notify staff and start treatment as soon as possible. Would improve patient outcomes and reduce length of stay in the hospital.
Lab processes 800 cultures a year, the new system would use culture bottles that cost half as much as the old ones.
Medical & ICU
Bronchoscopy Tower and Scopes
Point of Care Ultrasound
Cerner Oncology Powerchart
Comprehensive oncology system that stores and tracks all patient data throughout the cancer journey. Will improve patient safety and staff efficiency.
Dining Room Update
Processes scans in as little as three minutes to identify potential blockages in the brain after a stroke. Delivers clear, easy to interpret images that make for timely diagnosis and decision making which is crucial if a transfer is required for surgery (Endovascular Thrombectmy) to remove the blocakge.
Three Holter Monitors
Diagnostic tool for patients experiencing stroke symptoms. It aides in determing the casue of stroke which leads to ensuring appropirate treament and medication plan. Can help to prevent another stroke. The number of patients in the Stroke Prevention Clinic has grown by more than 100% from 2016 – 2021. Three additonal holiter monitors would reduce waitlist times and ensure timely testing and treatment.
Used to monitor how full a person’s bladder is which can be necessary for patients who can’t speak after a stroke. Helps reduce UTI, falls, discomfort and more.
Surgical & Operating Room
Pumps & Specialty Mattresses
Custom Convertible Mattresses & Pressure Guard
Women & Childcare
Portable Ultrasound for Labour and Delivery [Funded]
Used for looking at the position of the fetus before birth, to help understand the progression of labour, and fetal movement. Will provide better clearer imaging that could lead to better outcomes for patients (both those giving birth and those being born).
BiliSoft Bili Blanket
Used to treat neonatal jaundaice this device allows for the babies to leave the isolette incubator for breastfeeding and cuddling with parents. This would free up staff during feedings and improve care for babies and parents.
Two Infant Weigh Scales [Funded]
All medications are based on baby’s weight making this a crucial peice of equipment.
The Foundation provides funding each year for the education and training of staff directly involved in patient care. The funds are administered by the Human Resources Department.