Did you know that more than 12,000 people had surgery at the Owen Sound Regional Hospital last year?
As an anesthesiologist, I'm part of the team during each and every surgery performed. Many people think of us as the 'doctor that puts you to sleep'. That’s true, but our work doesn't stop there. During surgery we constantly assess the condition of our patients, administering drugs to maintain the correct level of unconsciousness. In addition to their need for fluids or blood replacement, we closely monitor heart rate, blood pressure, heart rhythm, body temperature, respirations and more.
The anesthesia machine is the primary tool of 10 anesthesiologists working at the hospital. This Christmas, I hope you will be a Guardian Angel to thousands of patients by helping us raise $375,000 towards the purchase of new anesthesia machines - equipment critical to the safety and comfort of all our surgical patients.
10 new machines are needed to re-equip each of our Operating Rooms, plus one with a specialized monitor for use in the MRI suite.
New machines feature more robust ventilators and will maintain the optimum level of anesthetic gas for each patient automatically. This will enable us to monitor vital signs, airway and fluids more closely while the perfect level of sleep is maintained. State-of-the-art equipment is up to twice as efficient, reducing the cost and environmental impact of anesthetic gasses used.
Please donate. We’ll honour you with an ornament on our Angel Trees and Honour Rolls at Heritage Place Shopping Centre and in the hospital lobby. Tell us the name of a special person you wish to honour - or provide your Christmas greeting. We will place an ornament on our trees and add your name to the Honour Roll. You can also give by calling the Foundation office at 519.372.3925 weekdays between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm. Both methods are fast and convenient.
Remember, very little government funding is provided for medical equipment. It’s only through the generous support of people like you that we have well-equipped operating rooms.
Happy holidays and best wishes for a New Year filled with health and happiness!
Dr. Travis K. Nairn
Grey Bruce Health Services
P.S. You will be a Guardian Angel to thousands of surgical patients from all across Grey and Bruce ensuring each receives the best possible care close to home by making your donation today.