New surgical equipment purchased from community donations made to the Mater Foundation are now benefiting patients at Mater Private Hospital Bundaberg.
Mater anaesthetists now have access to a new $27,500 glidescope, providing them with improved visibility of patients’ airways when intubating for procedures being performed under general anaesthetic.
The glidescope – which is made up of a camera, handle, and video monitor – offers anaesthetists a full view of the patient’s airway for safe insertion of a breathing tube.
The equipment was purchased with funds raised during Mater Foundation’s inaugural Giving Day last year, and Mater Foundation Executive Director Andrew Thomas is calling on Queenslanders to participate in this year’s 24-hour fundraising event to be held on Wednesday 29 June.
“Mater Giving Day is an opportunity for donors’ contributions to be tripled to fund much- needed healthcare equipment and services in regional Queensland,” he said.
“It’s a 24-hour fundraiser where all donations are matched and tripled by generous donors to contribute to the improvement of Mater’s facilities across Queensland, in the same way the glidescope is aiding the delivery of best practice healthcare in Bundaberg.
“Whether you dig deep or give a little, every contribution makes a difference and extends the services able to be offered,”
Mater Private Hospital Bundaberg Patient and Perioperative Manager of Operating Theatres Monica Mooney said the new glidescope has proven to be faster and more efficient in challenging airway cases, making it safer for patients.
“Advancements in technology and practice are always occurring and the new glidescope unit provides Mater specialists with the most up-to-date and current systems available while ensuring Bundaberg patients receive the best possible healthcare available.
“The equipment has been particularly useful during ear, nose, and throat surgeries, as often these types of patients can have a pre-existing compromised airway.”
Mater Private Hospital Bundaberg Executive Officer Catherine Hackney said continuing to update and improve healthcare services ensures people in the Wide Bay region can access high quality healthcare in their own communities without having to travel to Brisbane or elsewhere for care.