Gladstone Hospital Operating Theatre unveils new equipment
23 October 2018
Gladstone Hospital now has a brand new state-of-the-art ultrasound machine in the Operating Theatre, thanks to industry donations.
The $70,000 machine was bought using remaining funds donated by GLNG for the upgrade of the Operating Theatre and High Dependency Unit.
Director of Anaesthetics Dr Tony Eidan worked hard to secure the machine and says it will be of huge benefit to patients.
It will be used for a number of procedures, including securing vascular access, arterial lines, nerve blocks for pain relief and locating foreign objects.
It will also do echo cardiographs on critically unwell patients in the High Dependency Unit while waiting retrieval, optimising their management.
“In the past we borrowed an ultrasound machine from the Emergency Department and that would delay services and could lead to long waits,” Dr Eidan said. “Now we’ll be able to increase productivity and improve patients’ safety and satisfaction and it will help us do more procedures.
“Theatre staff are all very excited to have this new machinery arrive this week and thank-you to our industry partners for enabling this purchase.”