800 CHAB Family First Radiothon: Cutting-Edge Care

Thank you Moose Jaw and surrounding communities for your generousity.  Over $209,000 was raised to purchase cutting-edge surgical equipment.  Every donation is appreciated - thank you.


Did you now at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital

  • There were over 3,300 surgical procedures last year
  • Surgeons performed over 2,100 endoscopic procedures

Being Prepared for Any Situation

Every year over 3,300 surgeries are performed at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital.  Operations range from the gallbladder, cataract, orthopedic, cancer surgeries, colonoscopy, endoscopy and other surgical procedures.  At any moment during a routine surgical procedure, a patient’s condition may change dramatically - heart attack, or stroke could occur, reaction to anesthesia, cancer is discovered or additional medical complications could arise.

When these life-threatening unexpected challenges occur surgical teams need the best new medical tools at their fingertips.  If they have to share equipment, the best possible outcome for the patient may not be possible. Without Radiothon donor support, surgeons would not have access to the cutting-edge tools they need to provide the best care for their patient.  Because of the most recent Radiothon, these tools will soon be in surgeons hands.

Surgeons Need the Best New Equipment

Some of the most essential surgical equipment made possible by Radiothon donors includes:

  • Traveling Endoscopy Cart is a portable state-of-the-art endoscopic system that, at a surgeon’s request, can be brought into the operating room to examine a person's digestive tract. Using an endoscope, a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it, the surgeon can view detailed digital images on a high definition medical monitor to identify and immediately treat any potential life threating medical issue.  Currently, there is only one and both surgeons require it at the same time.  An additional system will allow more surgeries to take place thereby minimizing surgical delays.  Each traveling endoscope cart is $57,553.

  • Glidescope incorporates a high-resolution digital camera, connected by a video cable to a high resolution monitor. It can be used for tracheal intubation to provide controlled mechanical ventilation, as well as for removal of foreign bodies from the airway. Currently, there is only one and many times two operating rooms are requesting the glidescope at the same time.  To provide better and safer care an additional one is needed. Each glidescope is $21,000.

  • A Defibrillator is an absolutely essential item needed by surgical teams to provide a life-saving jolt of electricity to a patient that is suffering cardiac arrest.  The defibrillator will analyze the heart rhythm and determine the level of shock required.  An electric current will then be delivered to the heart through the victim's chest wall. The shock produced by a cardiac defibrillator interrupts the chaotic rhythm and allows it to return to normal. Each defibrillator is $23,287.

  • Surgical Cart to provide surgical teams with quick access to medical equipment used in a variety of surgical procedures. Having instant access to a range of surgical equipment will mean surgeries can be performed. Depending on the surgery a different surgical cart can be moved into the Operating Theatre.  Each surgical procedure cart is $6,000.

Lives Depend on the Radiothon

To provide the very best surgical care at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital surgical teams require the very best equipment. Thank you Radiothon donors for making this possible.


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