Tiny Tickers machines to help Airedale babies

Posted on April 3, 2018 by AireAdmin No Comments

Katie Parkinson and Nicola Eastbury, Maternity Support Workers and Caroline Lowe, Midwife

Airedale Hospital has received 2 new pulse oximetry machines, all thanks to the generous support of Tiny Tickers, a charity that aims to give a better start to tiny hearts.

The machines are one of the ways to improve the early detection and care of babies with serious heart conditions.

Newborn screening for a Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) involves a simple bedside test called pulse oximetry. This test estimates the amount of oxygen in a baby’s blood. Low levels of oxygen in the blood can be a sign of a critical CHD. The test is done using a machine called a pulse oximeter, with sensors placed on the baby’s skin.

The oximetry machines will be used by paediatricians and midwives when a baby’s first physical examination is undertaken, or if a baby’s condition means that they require additional observations. Every baby has a physical examination within 72 hours of life.

Caroline Lowe, Midwife at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust says:

“We are extremely grateful to the charity Tiny Tickers for donating these machines as we know that identifying heart defects early will ensure that babies get the treatment and care they need quickly. This can save lives and will lead to a better long-term quality of life.”

The Tiny Tickers charity was founded in 1999 by world-renowned fetal cardiologist Dr Helena Gardiner, when she realised many of the babies she was caring for could have been helped earlier. The current chief executive, Jon Arnold, who joined in 2013, is the parent of a child who has had open heart surgery for a major defect, and he heads the charity’s team of staff and volunteers based throughout the UK.

Jon Arnold, Chief Executive from Tiny Tickers says:

“We are truly delighted that we are able to help in this way and hope that it supports the team to provide the best possible care for babies on the unit.”

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