800 CHAB Family First Radiothon: Cutting-Edge Care

Imagine you or someone you care about requires surgery.  During the procedure, the surgeon discovers another health issue and needs to perform an immediate endoscopy.  That surgeon will need instant access to the best surgical equipment in Canada to perform the procedure.

What if that equipment was not available to them? Currently, many pieces of essential surgical equipment are needed at the exact same time for different surgeries. This slows everything down and causes delays for patients.

The highly trained surgical teams at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital will be there for you, and those you care about. Only with the help of 800 CHAB Family First Radiothon donors will they have the additional medical equipment they need to do more surgeries.

To have the additional cutting-edge surgical equipment, healthcare professionals need the support of 800 CHAB Family First Radiothon donors.

New equipment means better outcomes.

Without donor support for surgical equipment, our hospital will struggle to remain at the forefront of medical innovation for Moose Jaw and surrounding communities. New cutting-edge surgical tools will save lives.  It is vital that the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital replace its aging equipment immediately, while also investing in the next generation of state-of-the-art surgical technology to increase the number of surgeries that can be preformed. The lives of friends and family that require surgery depend on it.

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 may not have the cutting-edge tools they need to provide the best care for their patient.

Surgeons Need the Best New Equipment

There are priority needs at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital that cannot wait. We need the generous support of donors during the Family First Radiothon. The goal of the Radiothon is $125,000. Some of the most essential surgical equipment required 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.  One traveling endoscope cart is needed at $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. More equipment means more operations can be preformed.  Only the help and generosity of donors during the Family First Radiothon can make that happen. Every dollar raised here stays here to help patients.  The more money we raise – the more lives will be saved.

Every moment counts. Every action counts.  An act of kindness with a donation to the 800 CHAB Family First Radiothon will help save the life of a surgical patient.  Please give generously.


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