Trio of Life Campaign

Your donation can help replace specialized equipment for the heart, lungs, and nervous system at Richmond Hospital.

The General Internal Medicine physicians at Richmond Hospital and the experts in Cardiology, Pulmonary medicine and Neurology are in immediate need of new diagnostic equipment which is vital in ensuring that disease progression is discovered in a timely manner and accurately accessed. Each of these specialists work with patients to discover, diagnose and monitor symptoms and conditions related to the heart, lungs, and the body’s nervous system – the Trio of Life.

Our expert team relies on an important suite of specialized equipment which helps to interpret the complexities of each patient’s symptoms and plays a crucial role in assisting physicians in developing an optimum treatment plan. Through constant use, the critical equipment has been over-worked, is aging, and in need of urgent replacement. The out-of-date equipment means replacement of parts is difficult to source and existing software no longer integrates with modern technology.

You can help update diagnostic equipment to swiftly diagnose, monitor and treat conditions related to the heart, lungs, and body’s nervous system.

Updating our equipment will enable:

  • Disease progression to be discovered in a timely manner
  • Accurate assessments so a treatment plan can progress
  • Specialists can work together to analyze and diagnose
  • Appropriate therapies, medication and treatment to be implemented faster

Ultimately, the new equipment will allow patients to continue living life to the fullest.

Richmond Hospital Foundation is raising $580,000 to replace vital equipment for the Cardiology, Pulmonary and Neurology specialties. Donors can make a difference today by placing the right tools and equipment in the hands of our health care teams who play an important role in ensuring the well-being of our community every single day. Your donation will help thousands of people in your community to get the care they need.

Donate today or contact us to learn how your philanthropic partnership can help drive change and improve care through innovation and technology.

“The unreliability of our equipment is of grave concern for our patients, for example, a patient may be outfitted with a holter monitor to measure their heart rhythms in real time. They are sent home for 24 to 48 hours to capture vital data only to return to the hospital to discover the monitor failed to record any data. Not only did we not acquire the information we needed to evaluate the heart function, the patient was seriously inconvenienced – unable to shower while wearing the monitor and may have experienced adverse reactions or skin irritation from the monitor leads”

Dr. Mahasti Ebtia
Richmond Hospital

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Trio of Life Campaign

4 Electrocardiogram (ECG) Systems

Electrocardiograms (ECG) are non-invasive and painless ways to measure the electrical activity of your heartbeat.They allow your cardiologist to determine whether your heart-rate is normal, slow, fast or irregular AND it may help a cardiologist determine if parts of your heart are too large or overworked. Today’s equipment at Richmond Hospital is unstable and has no wireless capability. New equipment would be fast, reliable and easily connected to modern computer systems. Each of these cart systems are easily transportable to the bedside to monitor inpatients at Richmond Hospital.

15 Holter Monitors, Lead Sets & Peripherals

Holter monitors are small wearable devices that keep track of your heart rhythm over a period of time (usually 24 or 48 hours). It is most often used for inpatients in a hospital setting but can also be attached to a patient’s body in the hospital and worn for a prescribed period of time in a home environment. The device records every one of your heartbeats and your doctor uses the information to determine if you have a heart rhythm problem.

2 Cardiac Stress Test & Treadmill Systems

Working out on a treadmill allows a cardiologist to evaluate how your heart functions while you’re exercising and when your heart is strained. It allows a cardiologist to find the cause of symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath. It can be used to diagnose or monitor coronary artery disease, an abnormal heartbeat, congestive heart disease or a problem with one of your heart valves. The patient is connected to a computer through blood pressure cuffs and ECG monitors that will monitor blood pressure and blood oxygen levels. This heavily used equipment needs to interface with current computer programs for accurate output. Richmond Hospital’s current device is now at the end of its life.

2 Pulmonary Function Systems

A pulmonary function system investigates the health of the cardiovascular system that carries oxygen-poor blood away from the heart to the lungs and returns oxygen-rich blood back to the heart. The tests identify how well a person’s lungs work by measuring lung size, air flow, determining oxygen levels in the blood, measuring inflammation in the lungs and identifying how well gases get in and out of your blood. The need for this equipment has been described as ‘extremely-critical’ for the effective monitoring of lung function.

Electro-encephalogram (EEG) System

In the neuro-diagnostic unit, the EEG System records electrical signals of the brain (brain waves) and helps doctors evaluate head injuries, diagnose sleep disorders and seizure disorders such as epilepsy, brain tumours and stroke.

Electro-myelography (EMG) System 

The EMG System, located in the Neuro-diagnostics area at Richmond Hospital, measures muscle response or electrical activity in response to a nerve stimulation of the muscle. It gives neurologists an indication of the exact location and extent of an injury. It is an essential tool to determine which therapies (surgical or non-surgical) should be used to correct nerve damage or injury.

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