Women in Philanthropy | New Technology for 2019

The women of St. Petersburg are essential partners in charitable giving, leveraging the power of the purse to better our community. It is a well-known fact that women are the principal health care decision makers for their families and are intensely interested in the future of health care.. 

Our Women in Philanthropy gathered to vote on what their contributions will be allocated to for 2019 on February 7 and the votes are in!

 

 

BREAST CANCER SURGERY RADAR LOCALIZATION SYSTEM. 

A BETTER OPTION FOR BREAST SURGERY

Many women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancers today choose to have breast-conservation therapy known as lumpectomy, rather than mastectomy. Breast-conservation therapy focuses on removing the tumor, allowing you to keep your healthy breast tissue. 

Traditionally, with a lumpectomy, the surgeon inserts a wire in the breast several hours before surgery to mark the location of the tumor. Because the end of the wire sticks out from the breast, the patient must restrict their movement so that the wire is not accidentally displaced. 

However, a more convenient and comfortable process is available where the doctor inserts a tiny reflector about the size of a grain of rice, instead of a wire, to mark the tumor location. During surgery, the surgeon will detect the location of the reflector using non-radioactive radar waves through a technology called SCOUT® wire-free radar localization. The reflector is completely passive until activated in the operating room when the surgeon locates and removes both the tumor and reflector.

The wire-free radar localization offers these advantages over wire localization:

  • The reflector is not externally visible after placement and will not restrict your daily activities.
  • The ability to place the reflector on a separate day can simplify your day of surgery, minimize wait time and lessen anxiety.
  • Lumpectomy procedures can be performed in the morning without requiring any daytime fasting.
  • Your surgeon is better able to plan and execute precise tumor removal.
  • Wire-free localization avoids the potential problems of wire kinking, migration and/or displacement that can occur before surgery.

Total: $59,250


 

Bispectural Index (BIS) Monitor

 

Bispectral Index Monitoring (BIS) is a non-invasive method that objectively evaluates the level of sedation of a patient.

 

Benefits

Over sedation= increased ICU stay, increased time on ventilator, increased narcotic/ sedation medication use.

 

Under sedation= increased anxiety and recall of events, increased use of paralyzing medication, adverse events.

 

Total: $7, 520 each


 

                 End Tidal Co2 Module                                               

  • Non–invasive measurement of exhaled carbon dioxide which is an early indicator of poor outcomes
  • American Heart Association recommendation for all critical care patients
  • Works in conjunction with BIS monitor
  • Guides therapy to produce positive outcomes

Total: $2,800


 

Multiple iv attempts? How Painful!

Most patients we see in our ER require an IV to be started.  Many times their veins are very difficult to access.  This can result in multiple attempts, unnecessary pain, and higher risk of infection!  With the use of an ultrasound like the SonoSite SII, IV’s will be successfully started on the first try 99% of the time!    

help combat the opioid epidemic!

We commonly treat patients with broken hips and other extremely painful injuries.   Opioids are often administered for pain relief.  Patients can become addicted to their opioid prescriptions, which can create a cascade of very unfortunate events.  We are living amid a national emergency – the Opioid Epidemic!  The SII can help our staff perform nerve blocks which provide pain relief, offering a fantastic alternative to opioids!

The tools to make a difference

Our ER physician and nursing staff are now expertly trained to use SonoSites for various procedures.  We have invested countless hours in this training because it can have a transformational impact.   We only have one problem, we don’t have the SonoSite equipment necessary to be effective.  With your help we can immediately impact pain management, patient experience and patient safety for thousands of patients each year!  

Total: $38,357


New Technology in 2019

 SAVI SCOUT   Total: $59,250
 BIS Monitor & Module   Total: $7,520
 End Tidal CO2 Module   Total $2,800
 SonoSite   Total $38,357
 TOTAL  $107,927

 

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