In Orillia, Giving Tuesday once again has a special meaning ...
This year Soldiers Memorial Hospital Foundation is asking for gifts of comfort.
They need the public’s support in order to purchase ice machines and blanket warmers for Soldiers’ Emergency, Diagnostic Imaging and Surgical Departments.
These items are invaluable when it comes to patient health and comfort.
“A warm blanket can aid in the healing of a patient after surgery, or give them that extra sense of security before undergoing a procedure,” said Mark Riczu, OSMH Foundation Executive Director. “And ice, as most of us have experienced at some point in our lives, has countless clinical uses for treating injuries, especially in a hospital setting.”
Soldiers’ is in need of three ice machines, each comes with a price tag of about $7,000, and two blanket warmers at a cost of $5,000 each to better serve patients.
“Currently, we are required to visit other floors and store ice in our fridge to support our patients’ needs in our post-op care, identifying many inefficiencies and potentially compromising hygienic practices,” explained Michelle Soares, RN in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit. “Ice is used to assess dermatome levels in patients who have received an epidural, to reduce swelling post-op and to soothe and moisten a patient’s mouth after surgery.”
A warm blanket does more than just ease anxiety and keep patients comfortable in Soldiers’ Day Surgery Unit, said RN Robin Stoer. “A new blanket warmer would benefit our patients as it is part of best care practices,” said Stoer. “A patient’s discharge temperature must be greater than 36 degrees for recovery and wound healing.”
Subaru of Orillia has generously offered to match the first $5,000 of donations to the Giving Tuesday Gift of Comfort campaign made between now and December 3. Donations from the community to the Foundation’s 2018 Giving Tuesday campaign raised enough money to purchase 25 new wheelchairs for the Hospital.
Giving Tuesday, which takes place on December 3, is a global philanthropic movement that follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The day of giving has gained traction across Canada, with millions taking part each year.
“If we could make one small request this Holiday season, it is for you to take part in this global movement by supporting the charity of your choice,” said Riczu. “Gifts of all sizes have a meaningful impact on patient care at our Hospital.”