The holiday season is a time for joy, giving, and wrapping yourself in the warmth of family. This holiday season, the Riverside Foundation is asking that you spread that warmth to hundreds of families in the Rainy River district by making the best kind of gift, one that supports health care close to home.
Santa’s elves have been working hard in the workshop to build Riverside Facilities a new Panda Warmer for one of the birthing suites at LVGH. The Panda Warmer and accompanying Spacelabs NICU Monitor that is required, come at a collective cost of approximately $75,000.
A Panda Warmer is used for newborns immediately after delivery to provide a warm, bright area for the initial exam. The accompanying monitor measures heart rate, respiratory rate and oxygen saturation. This portable unit, with a built-in scale, allows for the baby to be assessed and cared for at the mother’s bedside. It can also be brought to the OR if a c-section is required.
In addition, the Panda Warmer is utilized in neonatal and infant resuscitation. Because it has all the monitoring devices required, it provides for streamlined and faster resuscitation response time.
“We have one Panda Warmer but would like a second one so that each birthing room has the same thing. They are easier to use than the older models and having the same equipment increases staff familiarization and speeds up response time in a code.” – Dr. Lorena Jenks