The Tree House Unit at Stepping Hill Hospital treats children from 0 to 16. Staff on the ward have identified a need for an upgrade of equipment designed to monitor oxygen levels in the blood. Although the ward currently has equipment to perform this function, it is outdated and cumbersome. This new equipment is more accurate and effective, reducing the risk of infection and matching the standard of care at the regional centres of excellence.
It is very difficult to keep babies and small children still when trying to monitor their condition. This can make it impossible to get accurate readings, resulting in false alarms that are stressful to parents. The new technology eliminates this problem as it works despite movement of the patient. It is also significantly more accurate on tiny babies, who may weigh as little as 2lb.
This particular piece of equipment is portable and compatible with that used in the regional specialist centres, so in the event of a child requiring transfer to one of the specialist hospitals outside the area this monitor can be transported with them.
The Pulse Oximeters cost £1,295 each, and four are required. As a charity we do not pay VAT on medical items, and can negotiate a reduced cost from the supplier.