The Auxiliary recently purchased three temporary external pacemakers for the hospital at a total value of $20,487.00.
“A temporary pacemaker may be required when the heart’s electrical system is not working correctly,” Di Goldie, Nursing Unit Manager Intensive Care and Cardiac Services, said.
“The temporary pacemaker is inserted into the patient’s heart and connected to an external pulse generator which allows the heart to beat. This is a lifesaving procedure.”
These machines are the latest in life-saving technology, and are used when a patient’s heart rate has slowed beyond normal. The new technology used in these machines also means better care for patients who require transfer to another facility.
Following the use of this temporary device and further medical investigations, a patient may need a permanent pacemaker inserted, or alternatively, their condition may improve such that the temporary pacing wire can be removed.
“Our community is very fortunate to have these machines available in Lismore, and once again we extend our thanks to the wonderful auxiliary volunteers for their continued hard work,” Ms Goldie said.
Pictured are Lismore UHA President, Diane Miller, with fellow auxiliary members, and Lismore Base Hospital staff, from left, Peter Kwan (Nursing Unit Manager Cardiac Cath Lab), Kym Clements (Acting Nursing Unit Manager Intensive Care Unit), Paul Green (Manager Medical Imaging Richmond Network), Ellen Palmer (Lismore Base Hospital Acting Director Nursing and Midwifery) and Kevin Carter (Business Manager Richmond Network).