Life Saving Equipment
Purchasing State Of The Art Equipment
Technology moves so quickly that it is often impossible for the NHS to fund all of the newest equipment available. We believe that the fantastic medical staff deserve to have access to the most up-to-date equipment, to allow them to give our precious babies the best possible treatment.
vCreate is a secure virtual app enabling video messages and photographs of babies on the neonatal unit to be sent to parents. Using six iPads, with four being funded by the charity. Software licence costs were originally supported by the charity.
Video laryngoscopes have tiny cameras on them that display the view of the voice box (or larynx) at the top of the windpipe on a screen. A breathing tube is gently passed into the windpipe. SSCB kindly provided funding for video laryngoscopes for use on the neonatal unit.
VT-VEINSITE Vein Finder
You may think it looks like a virtual reality headset but this machine is designed to help medical staff to detect difficult veins, a common challenge when dealing with premature babies in particular.
Criticool Cooling System
To reduce the risk of brain damage for babies who are deprived of oxygen at birth, this machine induces therapeutic hypothermia which improves survival and the neurodevelopment outcome of babies who have suffered from a lack of oxygen.
This machine allows medical staff to screen premature babies eyes in a non stressful way allowing staff to make more accurate diagnosis.
We have also purchased tilting cots for the unit, cosytherm mattresses, large cots for multiples and breast feeding chairs for mothers as well as breastmilk fridges and freezers.
Any parent who has had a baby in the unit requiring treatment at another hospital will appreciate the risks associated with moving their sick baby. We have purchased the latest transportation incubator to help allow babies to be transported as safely as possible for life saving treatment elsewhere.
Oxygen Saturation Monitors
The unit is keen for babies to go home with parents as soon as it is safe as they usually thrive in their home environment and families can return to some state of normality. The unit uses oxygen saturation monitors to assess the breathing and heart rate of the babies before discharge and in the home to help staff determine when oxygen is no longer required.
This is a smaller version of the Criticool Cooling System used by the neonatal transport team.
SMART Training System
The SMART system provides objective and immediate feedback on face mask ventilation technique: in terms of mask leak and other important respiratory parameters
This machine measures brain-wave activity and can be used to assess for brain injury and seizures.
Your donations make a difference
Above is a selection of equipment that continues to help all babies and staff.
With the support of past, present & future donations we shall continue to help the Simpson Neonatal Unit.
But you don't just have to donate, learn more about how you can help by getting involved.