About the Foundation
The Newborn Intensive Care Foundation is a local charity, originating in the ACT, that raises money for medical equipment and nurse education for the Central Gippsland hospitals to help give the regions sick newborn babies, the best chance to lead healthy, normal lives.
– money raised in the region, stays in the region
100% of MONEY DONATED DIRECTLY TO THE FOUNDATION GOES TO HELPING SICK NEWBORN BABIES OF THE CENTRAL GIPPSLAND REGION
For more information, contact Peter Cursley on 0414 446 662
Current donations will go towards:
BiliCocoon Phototherapy Nest System for Sale Special Care Nursery
Infants who have jaundice require treatment with phototherapy. Some types of Jaundice in a newborn baby can raise rapidly and can cause brain damage if untreated. Phototherapy is provided by an ultraviolet blue/white light.
Unlike traditional phototherapy treatments where the baby is separated from mum for long periods, the BiliCocoon system means there can be physical contact while the baby is undergoing essential light treatment. This benefits both the baby and parent enormously.
Our previous donations have gone towards 4 electronic nursing chair for the Special Care Nursery at Sale Hospital. Thanks to community support and a very generous donation from Beyond Bank in Cunnighame Street we have been able to purchase all 4 chairs needed. These chairs make it more comfortable for mums to give skin to skin kangaroo cuddles. Skin to skin cuddles help stabilise the baby’s heart rate, improves the baby’s breathing pattern and encourages an earlier hospital discharge. The Billicocoon will be a perfect addition.
Resuscitaire for Bairnsdale’s Special Care Nursery.
The Resuscitaire provides everything needed for resuscitation therapy to babies under 12 months old. It keeps the baby warm during resuscitation, has medical air and oxygen readily available and provides a safe surface and clear access during procedures. It also allows for the recording of weight (without removing the infant from bed) and adequate lighting.
BRHS does not have a permanent Resuscitaire in the Emergency Department however the Resuscitaire is often used for many hours in the ED when there is a sick infant especially if waiting to be retrieval which can take some time. At the moment they currently share the two Resuscitaires BRHS has with theatre and the maternity unit.
The first 10 minutes of a newborn resuscitation is critical. Newborns and infants become hypothermic (low temperature), acidotic (metabolic derangement), hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) and hypoxic (low oxygen levels) very quickly without appropriate timely care. The quicker a Resuscitaire can be accessed and set up the better the outcome for the baby. Hence having the equipment on hand where needed is crucial.
Will you contribute to our next project for Gippsland hospital’s Special Care Unit?
Make a tax deductible donation to the Newborn Intensive Care Foundation’s bank account.
Beyond Bank (Nexus Mutual) SALE
Account Name: Newborn Intensive Care Foundation BSB 325 185 Account number 03806601.
Please put ‘Sale Hosp’ or ‘Bairn Hosp’ in the description of your donation so we can ensure it is directed for the hospital of your choice.