ORILLIA SOLDIERS' MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FOUNDATION
Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital Foundation is asking the community to give the gift of patient comfort by supporting the purchase of ice machines and blanket warmers in Soldiers’ Emergency, Diagnostic Imaging and Surgical Departments this Giving Tuesday.
While these items may not seem essential on the surface, they 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.”
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.
To support the OSMH Foundation’s Giving Tuesday Gift of Patient Comfort campaign, please visit the website or phone the office at 705-325-6464.