14th Annual 800 CHAB Family First Radiothon

Life can change in a heartbeat.  Donations to the fourteenth annual 800 CHAB Family First Radiothon will provide the best medical equipment in Canada for cardiac patients at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital.  Caring medical professionals need the community to give from the heart to help save the life of a patient suffering a heart attack. 

Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in Saskatchewan.

  • Nearly 3,000 people in Saskatchewan die every year from heart attacks and strokes.
  • In Canada, there are 70,000 heart attacks and 45,000 cardiac arrests each year.

Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death in Canada. This deadly family of conditions includes high blood pressure (hypertension), coronary heart disease, heart attack (myocardial infarction), sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), heart muscle disorders (cardiomyopathy) and stroke.  For patients who are undergoing treatment for a cardiovascular condition, accurate monitoring is vital, given that even a tiny change to the heart’s rhythm can spell disaster. For medical teams at our hospital, having access to the latest technology is essential to helping their patients.

With the community’s help, the Moose Jaw Health Foundation will be able to provide skilled medical teams with:

Cardiac Monitors offer medical teams in the ICU with instant access to even a tiny change to a patient’s heart condition. These monitors continuously track and record the electrical activity of their heart 24 hours of the day. Electrodes are attached to the patient’s body, and a bedside monitor provides a visual display of their vital signs. Any change is immediately visible to medical professionals. At the first sign of a potentially dangerous rhythm, the monitor sounds an alarm. Our hospital ICU requires four new cardiac monitors.  Each monitor requires an investment of $20,000.

Telemetry System is a central monitoring system that will work in conjunction with the cardiac monitors.  It would be compatible with the system in the ER, allowing ER and ICU to share telemetry packs and monitoring duties.  Telemetry would provide better monitoring and safety for the patient in the hospital.  Heart telemetry and recording is a procedure used to monitor the electrical activity of the heart.  It records all cardiac events, including every heartbeat, over an extended period.  Telemetry will help medical teams diagnose heart problems and determine the best treatment plan.  The investment required is $50,000.

Defibrillator and Crash Cart are urgently needed to help a medical team restart a patient’s heart when it stops. A defibrillator delivers electrical energy to a patient’s heart. This jolt of life, terminates the arrhythmia.  It allows the reestablishment of normal sinus rhythm. Currently, nurses have to rush the defibrillator and crash cart to the ICU.  It can take up to 4 minutes to arrive from another part of the hospital.  A dedicated defibrillator and crash cart in the ICU will save lives.  A new defibrillator and crash cart require a $36,000 investment.   

Holter Monitor is a small, wearable device that keeps track of a heart’s rhythm. A doctor may want a patient to wear a Holter monitor for one to two days.  During that time, the device records all of the patient’s heartbeats.  Medical professionals use the information captured on the Holter monitor to figure out if the patient has a heart rhythm problem.  The investment required for the new Holter monitor is $14,000.

Cardiaction Treadmills are needed for the cardiaction program.  Cardiaction is a two-part exercise and educational program that provides exercise and informational classes on heart health.  Cardiaction is for individuals who have had a cardiac event or who are at risk for one.  New treadmills are an essential step to improve their health.  Two new treadmills are needed. Each treadmill requires a $7,500 investment.

Life can change in a heartbeat, and when it does, the caring medical professionals need the community to give from the heart to help save the life of a patient suffering a heart attack.  The goal of the 800 CHAB Family First Radiothon is $195,000 for life-saving cardiac equipment.

The Radiothon takes place on May 7th and 8th in the lobby of the hospital. Every dollar raised in Moose Jaw stays in our community. With the latest equipment available, your donation also helps attract medical professionals to our community.

You’ve been there for us in the past, and we need you to continue to support health care in the Moose Jaw area. Thank you for caring about our community!

 

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