12th September 2014 – Equipment donation to new Emergency Department
A Keighley company is donating equipment for patients to improve their comfort when being assessed or treated in Airedale Hospital’s new Emergency Department.
RA Medical Services has offered to support the hospital’s Emergency Department Appeal by offering inhalation sedation equipment to the new unit, free of charge.
Dr Richard Keeble, consultant in emergency medicine and paediatric lead for emergency medicine at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This equipment will enable us to give pain relief and safe sedation for children who have a variety of injuries or may need a painful procedure. This is great news for children attending Airedale’s Emergency Department and will hopefully reduce the need for them to be given a general anaesthetic.”
The donated equipment will be mainly used to provide pain relief for children with minor injuries whose assessment or treatment could cause discomfort, for example, stitching a bad cut, applying dressings to burns or fitting a plaster cast. It is hoped that it will also be of benefit to older patients, such as those with dementia, who find other pain relief methods difficult to tolerate.
The equipment works by supplying a continuous flow of nitrous oxide and oxygen (gas and air) though a nasal mask and the concentrations can be adjusted to tailor the sedation for each person. The current gas and air system relies on patients coordinating with a mouthpiece and only supplies a fixed concentration.
Janet Pickles, chairwoman, of RA Medical Services said: “When I heard about the new Emergency Department, I approached the team to see if they would need any additional equipment and they invited me to visit the hospital and see for myself the plans for the new unit and how the work was progressing.”
“After talking with Dr Keeble and other colleagues, I could see that the equipment we supply could make a real difference to the quality of care patients, and particularly children, would receive so we decided to offer an inhalation sedation flowmeter and associated equipment free of charge.”
Dr Keeble added: “The new inhalation sedation equipment, that RA Medical Services is donating, will mean we can offer pain relief to a much wider group of children and vastly improve the quality of care for young patients in our Emergency Department.”
The Emergency Department Appeal hopes to raise £100,000 for resources for the new unit at Airedale Hospital, which is due to open in the autumn. It will provide much improved facilities including separate adult and children’s waiting areas, a quiet room for friends and families to use during stressful events and better privacy and dignity for vulnerable older patients and their families and carers.
For more information about how you can support the appeal visit www.airedale-trust.nhs.uk/charityor text EDAP50 £5 to 70070 to make a donation today. People can also donate online at www.justgiving.com/airedalehospitalemergencydepartmentappeal.