Four Digital Monitoring systems for the Canberra NICU bought with $82,000 donated by the NICF.
Minister for Health and Wellbeing Meegan Fitzharris said the highly accurate and non-invasive monitors provided real-time information and could detect sudden changes in the blood oxygen levels that could cause serious complications in premature babies.
“This innovative medical equipment minimises the need for fragile newborns to undergo blood tests and enables continuous monitoring so immediate action can be taken should any changes in bleeding occur,” she said.
She thanked Peter Cursley, Chairman of the Newborn Intensive Care Foundation (NICF) on behalf of ACT Health, for the generous donation.
“Valuable donations like this enable our medical practitioners to deliver high-quality care that benefits babies and their families in the neonatal unit at Centenary Hospital,” she said.
“Previous support by the Newborn Intensive Care Foundation has contributed towards the purchase of medical equipment, which continues to improve clinical care for our smallest patients at Centenary Hospital, as well as research projects that focus on staff education and family support.” said Minister Fitzharris.