14th August 2014 – Hospital charity buys life saving kit
A local charity has helped to buy life-saving equipment for patients at Airedale Hospital.
Airedale New Venture, one of the charities which fundraises on behalf of the hospital, has donated more than £20,000 to buy 25 new crash trolleys. The trolleys are used in the event of a medical emergency or cardiac arrest on the hospital wards and are equipped with emergency drugs and equipment, such as defibrillators and oxygen tanks.
Maureen Anderton, resuscitation officer at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust said “The new crash trolleys are a big improvement on the previous ones as they are now standardised across the hospital. Every crash trolley is now equipped identically so the crash team can access equipment and drugs quickly and efficiently, which improves our response to patients in an emergency.”
“We also use the trolleys in simulation training for staff to help them manage this type of emergency and ensure they are familiar with the equipment and its use. All clinical staff (doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, radiographers and other health care professionals) receive this training annually.”
The crash trolleys are sealed with tamper proof tags to make sure that drugs and equipment are secure yet still remain accessible should they need to be used.
Mike Yates, chair of Airedale New Venture, said: “We were more than happy to support the request to buy new crash trolleys for the wards. They are an important piece of equipment and a great addition to the wards and will support staff to respond to these types of emergencies in a speedier and more efficient way.”
The ward crash trolleys cost approximately £900 each and Airedale New Venture funded 25 of them.