Carrie Garrod (respiratory therapist, from left), Chad Rideout (manager, perioperative services), Dr. Thomas Cull (chief anesthesiologist), and Michael MacAulay (respiratory services professional practice lead) are excited by the arrival of a video laryngoscope courtesy of the TB Vets. (VJH Foundation photo)

Vernon hospital purchases equipment with help from TB Vets

Video laryngoscope has been high on VJH priority list for lengthy period of time

Thousands of people in the North Okanagan who are affected each year by respiratory-related issues will now be breathing easier thanks to the purchase of a new state-of-the-art piece of equipment.

The TB Vets Charitable Foundation has granted the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation the funds to purchase a GlideScope Core, or video laryngoscope.

This piece of surgical equipment was developed for the management of compromised airways, and has been high on the priority list for the medical team at VJH for some time.

“This is a critical and versatile piece of equipment that helps us do our job more effectively without interruptions,” chief anesthesiologist Dr. Tom Cull said. “It’s our first choice for difficult intubations. Not only does it increase patient safety it also enhances operating room efficiency.”

READ MORE: Heart Beat: Events in support of VJH

“This equipment will help give respiratory therapists the ability to visualize airways better and identify problems more readily and clearly, helping patients in the most non-invasive way possible,” said Michael MacAulay, respiratory services professional practice lead.

Carrie Garrod, a VJH respiratory therapist, said: “It’s reassuring to know that we have maximum visualization. When the whole team can see what’s on the screen, it helps us predict, and be ready for what comes next – enabling us to provide the best care for patients.”

With the loyal support of donors, TB Vets continues to arm B.C.’s frontline medical heroes with respiratory equipment, research and education.

“We are proud to provide the funding to VJH Foundation to acquire this lifesaving equipment,” said Kandys Merola, executive director of the TB Vets Foundation.

The GlideScope was delivered to VJH earlier this month and has been a welcomed equipment addition to the operating room team.


@VernonNews
roger@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Laptops, supports for students in need at Vernon school district

WATCH: Superintendent delivers first video message to students and families

Corb Lund’s revised tour includes Vernon stop

Western music artist still planning to hit the road in June, reach Okanagan by November

No water for some Vernon residents amid maintenance

Interupption Tuesday from 8-3 for BX areas

Spallumcheen racetrack owners apply for property rezoning

No events have been held at Motoplex Speedway in four years, mainly because of legal action

Soup canned in Vernon nearly 90 years ago gets taste test

YouTube shows man taking contents from old Bulmans Cannery vegetable mix and making, eating soup

WATCH: Kelowna songwriters release health care workers video tribute

The couple recently asked for selfies from frontline workers to include in the music video

Mitchell’s Musings: Pandemics and parking meters don’t add up

Despite COVID-19 crisis, City of Vernon insists on paid parking downtown

Introverted and extroverted kids likely to react differently to COVID-19 restrictions

B.C. child psychologist says your parenting approach can’t be one-size fits all in social isolation

B.C. begins taking submissions for $2M COVID-19 research fund

Rural health, impact of shifting hospital resources among priorities

Letter: Newspaper addict grateful the presses keep rolling

Writer appreciative of option to shop online, pick up orders

Letter: Messaging to stay home, don’t travel lost on some

Writer questions how golf courses are essential at this time

Stranded Osoyoos snowmobilers spend night on Mount Baldy

The two men were recused about 9 a.m. on April 6

HAWTHORNE: Motivation through the BRAVO formula

Personal trainer Sean Hawthorne asks, if we know what to do, then why don’t we do it?

Not alone: Volunteers play tic-tac-toe on seniors’ windows

‘Hopefully this will go beyond COVID-19’

Most Read