Saving Lives: Radiothon raises money for Alberta Children’s Hospital

Click to play video: 'An ultrasound that takes the pain away demonstrates need for vital equipment at Alberta Children’s Hospital'
An ultrasound that takes the pain away demonstrates need for vital equipment at Alberta Children’s Hospital
The 20th annual Country 105 FM Caring for Kids Radiothon runs from Feb. 1 to Feb. 3. The event raises money for equipment that saves young lives. Norma Reid introduces us to a little girl who showcases the need for a state of the art ultrasound. – Jan 31, 2023

Country 105 FM’s Caring for Kids Radiothon is underway. The event, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, raises money for vital life-saving equipment at Alberta Children’s Hospital.

A point-of-care ultrasound is one such piece of equipment.

“We can’t get parts for them. (They’re) very hard to maintain and repair when they do break,” said Dr. Adam Spencer referring to the existing ultrasound machines at the hospital. The pediatric anesthesiologist added those machines are nearing their technical lifespan.

Newer ultrasounds allow Dr. Spencer to be more precise when inserting anesthetic into tiny bodies. Clearer images at a surface level can make all the difference when avoiding a potential mistake, which can lead to nerve damage or worse.

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“We also can inject local anesthetic into a vessel, which can lead to things like seizures, arrhythmia’s and arrest,” he said.

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Ten-year-old Keira Widmer broke her elbow last year and was treated by Dr. Spencer. Ultrasound helped him administer a nerve block catheter near her collar bone.

“We had to move her arm four times a day”, said Keira’s mom, Joanne Widmer.

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Learn more about the 2023 Caring for Kids Radiothon

The nerve block allowed the young girl to recover in the comforts of her home and manage the pain more effectively.

“If we didn’t have the nerve block to help with the pain, we would have had to give her morphine.” Widmer said.

The radiothon continues until Friday, Feb. 3. To date, it’s raised roughly $42 million dollars for Alberta Children’s Hospital.

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