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2014 Spring Appeal

2014 Spring Appeal

DefibrillatorGive more than you receive;
this is the only protection your heart needs.

When a patient experiences a cardiac arrest – which means their heart stops beating – immediate intervention is required. With every minute that passes the patient’s chance for survival drops dramatically.

The Ambulatory Care Team at Georgian Bay General Hospital has a critical need for a new defibrillator, to help us provide our best care to our patients when the need arises.

During a cardiac arrest, a defi brillator is used to deliver an electric shock to stimulate the heart into a normal rhythm. A defi brillator can also be used to perform cardio-versions – a procedure used to treat a non lifethreatening heart rhythm or flutter, and restore a normal heartbeat.

Today, the defi brillator in our Ambulatory Care Department, the only one on the lower fl oor of our hospital, is reaching the end of its lifespan. The risk of malfunction or breakdown is growing, and replacement parts are no longer available. Not only will the new machine address these issues, but the upgraded technology will allow our team to better monitor and record a patient’s heartbeat – and we will no longer need to borrow the defi brillator from the emergency department to conduct stress tests, cardio-versions or to have on standby as a precaution when patients require sedation during their procedures.

As is the case with all capital equipment in our hospital, the $22,500 cost of the defi brillator is not funded by the province. We need the help of people like you who care about saving lives.

Can you help us?

Dr. Golisky and Becky RawnWe’ve made giving easy. Options include making a gift in person at the GBGH Foundation office in the hospital, by calling 705-526-GIVE, online at www.526GIVE.ca or print and fill-out the DONATION FORM and mail it to Georgian Bay General Hospital Foundation, PO Box 760, Midland, ON L4R 4P4.

Sincerely
Your Ambulatory Care Team at GBGH

Dr. Jeff Golisky
Physician

Becky Rawn
RPN Ambulatory Care

 

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