Hospital equipment

Charlene Shackelford is shown sitting in the new patient lift chair with nurses (from left) Ali Brittain, Andrea Sandusky-Ury, Betsy Nespory, Angela Sherlock, Kelsey Welch and Danielle Durand.

MARYVILLE, Mo. — Recent technology and equipment purchases at SSM Health St. Francis Hospital were made possible due to the generosity of donors to the St. Francis Hospital Foundation. 

According to a news release, this year’s equipment support is valued at more than $230,000 and assisted patients across the spectrum of hospital services. 

The 2018 investments included equipment for the medical/surgical floor, obstetrics unit, surgery, imaging department and the Medical Group clinic located on the hospital campus. 

Patient lift chair

A new patient lift chair may have been the lowest priced item supported during the year, but is the one most appreciated by the nurses on the medical/surgical floor, according to the news release.

“The Tru Rize chair makes it easier for our nurses to promote early mobility in patients who are hospitalized, which helps prevent complications for our patients such as pneumonia and atelectasis,” said Andrea Sandusky-Ury, nurse manager of the unit.

She explained that patients find it comfortable and easy to work, plus there is a built-in fall alarm that plugs into the call light system which provides a degree of safety.

OB syringe pumps

The obstetrics department also wanted to enhance the safety and accuracy of patient medications with the addition of three Medfusion wireless syringe pumps. The new pumps deliver small doses of medication to sick newborn and pediatric patients. 

Previous to the new pumps, adult-use infusion pumps were used and manually programmed for the concentration and dosage of the smaller patient. 

The Medfusion pumps automatically figure the dose based on the newborn’s weight. The new pumps greatly decrease the likelihood of error when providing medication or fluids to our pediatric patients.

Ultrasound machines

Two ultrasound units were subsidized through donations: one to the Surgery Department and a second for the Imaging Department.

The ultrasound machine in the surgery suite improves pain control and patient satisfaction for surgical patients with minimized narcotic requirements.

“Ultrasound guidance is the standard of care for nerve blocks,” said Dr. Darren Wrede, anesthesiologist. “The new machine improves safety and nerve block success compared to the previous equipment. The new machine also allows us to save images to patient charts, which helps with follow-up care.”

Wrede explained that ultrasound-guided blocks can minimize or eliminate post-op pain as well as allow the surgical procedure to be performed without the need for general anesthesia, which expedites patent care and discharge.

The Phillips EPIC 7G ultrasound machine for the Imaging Department replaced a 13-year-old unit. The new technology now allows the department to add cardiac echocardiograms for pediatric patients. 

Digital X-ray

The new Carestream DRZ Ascent digital X-ray unit replaced 24-year-old equipment. The new machine, available in the Medical Group’s main clinic, has digital technology that allows for speed, improved image resolution and lower radiation exposure for patients. 

“This allows for a safer environment for our patients,” said Shandley. “Due to the improved efficiency, we will improve throughout, patient satisfaction and physician satisfaction.”

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