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Thankful for close-to-home surgical care

March 05, 2018

More than 40,000 surgeries are performed at Niagara Health each year between the Greater Niagara General, Welland and St. Catharines sites.
 
For Fort Erie residents David and Paula Thomas, close-to-home surgical care was so important when they both required procedures last year.
 
In Paula’s case, a right hip replacement was needed to give her better quality of life. From the nurse who prepared her for surgery, the anaesthesiologist who explained all of her options, and her surgeon, she was impressed with the compassion and professionalism she received at the Welland hospital. “I couldn’t have asked for better care,” says Paula, looking back at her experience.
 
The local hospitals are familiar places for David. As a Priest, he often made regular visits to provide spiritual support to patients and their families. In March 2017, David learned that he had bladder cancer and would need surgery to remove a tumor. He was promptly scheduled for day surgery at the Greater Niagara General site, visiting the hospital once again, but this time as a patient himself.
 
Although the Thomas’s surgeries were very different, the procedures share an important commonality – in each case, some form of anaesthesia  was required.
 
Anaesthesia is the use of medicine to prevent or reduce the feeling of pain or sensation during surgery or other painful procedures.
 
Currently, Niagara Health’s Surgical Program is in need of updated anaesthesia machines.
 
Whether for emergency or elective surgeries, in or out-patient, having state-of-the-art anaesthesia machines is essential to patient care.
 
Did you know that general anaesthetic cannot be administered without anaesthesia machines? The equipment sustains life support for patients during surgery while under general anaesthesia and provides ventilation for those who are intubated.
 
Monitoring all vital signs including blood pressure, heart rate, cardio rhythm and oxygen levels, it is critical equipment that Niagara Health’s surgical teams rely on to do their work competently, safely, and most importantly, to ensure the best outcomes for their patients.
 
And, standardizing equipment ensures that any anaesthesiologist working in any operating room has the same tools available to them so that they can provide the best care to patients at any hospital site.
 
By making a gift in support of priority patient care equipment, like new anaesthesia machines, YOU can help ensure patients like the Thomas’s continue to receive extraordinary surgical care when needed.
 
David and Paula Thomas count their blessings every day for a wonderful life, beautiful family and renewed health. “We’re so grateful to have come through this so well,” says David.
 
For the married couple, surgery became another life event they shared together, helping each other through every step of the way.

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