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Donors fund life-saving equipment for Saskatchewan newborns

Donors allowed for the purchase of life-saving equipment to assist Saskatchewan’s neonatal transport service as they provide NICU care for newborns. Bloom / Supplied

The Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation is crossing items off its wish list.

A ventilator and an ultrasound system have been purchased for newborn babies in Saskatoon’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

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Officials said because premature babies often struggle to breathe on their own, putting these two pieces of equipment into practice is extremely important to improve outcomes.

“The ventilator is a great addition to our state-of-the-art neonatal transport service in Saskatchewan, it’s a key way to support lung function in fragile newborns,” neonatologist Dr. Sibasis Daspal said in a press release.

“To provide the best care to sick babies in the NICU, the ultrasound system will be used as a point of care device to assess vital organs such as the lungs and kidneys.”

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The new equipment was bought with a grant from the Timken Foundation of Canton and funds previously donated by the non-profit charity Bloom.

The 48-bed NICU will be located on the top floor of the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital, which is currently under construction. The hospital is set to open late 2019.

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