Colonoscopy or colposcopy is the endoscopic examination of the large intestine (rectum and colon) with a CCD (charge-coupled device) camera or a fiber optic camera on a flexible tube called a colonoscope.
The colonoscope is a thin, flexible tube that ranges from 48 in. (125 cm) to 72 in. (183 cm) long. A small video camera is attached to the colonoscope so that the physician can take pictures or video of the large intestine (colon). The colonoscope can be used to look at the whole colon and the lower part of the small intestine. It can also be used for a test called sigmoidoscopy which shows only the rectum and the lower part of the colon.
A colonoscopy helps find ulcers, colon polyps, tumors, and areas of inflammation or bleeding. During a colonoscopy, tissue samples can be collected (biopsy) and abnormal growths can be taken out. Colonoscopy can also be used as a screening test to check for cancer or precancerous growths in the colon or rectum (polyps).
Hospital Unit: Ambulatory Care
Funded by: David Bishop and Drive for the Cure Foundation
A ventilator is used in critical care when a patient cannot breathe on their own. A ventilator is connected to a breathing tube which is placed into the patient through their nose or their mouth. This breathing tube is connected to the ventilator and the physician decides how fast, and how deep the ventilator will breathe for the patient. A respiratory therapist will set the ventilator according to what the doctor orders and monitors how well the patient is being assisted to breathe.
Patients are placed on a ventilator for different reasons: after surgery until they wake up, due to trauma, due to a respiratory condition. The goal is to assist the patient in breathing until they are able to start breathing on their own.
Hospital Unit: Critical Care Unit
Funded by: TB Vets and Foundation donors
Mobile Shower Chair
A specialized, mobile chair is used to assist with various hygiene processes for our extended care residents.
The unique design of this chair enables the caregiver to safely manage hygiene tasks and allows for personal, dignified one-to-one care. It also enables our residents to be dressed and undressed in the shower area, which avoids the indignity of being transported to and from the shower area semi-clothed.
When showering, the resident can be comfortably positioned to use the shower handle, participating to actively stimulate mobility.
Hospital Unit: Residential Care
Funded by: Donors to 2014 Fall Direct Mail Appeal
A capnography machine measures how much carbon dioxide is present in the patients breath.
We all know that oxygen is necessary for life. Oxygen goes onhealthy xanax through a series of steps before it reaches the cell. The cells use the oxygen and produce carbon dioxide (CO2) as a waste product. The CO2 , like the oxygen , goes through a series of steps before it is expelled out of the body.
The capnograph is able to measure carbon dioxide (CO2) expelled out of the body. This is an extremely useful measurement as it can help detect problems along the pathway taken by the CO2. For an example, if the patient stops breathing (e.g. due to morphine) , CO2 will not be able to “get out “. This problem will make the capnograph show a low CO2 reading and trigger an alarm that alerts medical staff to the problem. Clinically respired CO2 reflects changes in metabolism, circulation, respiration, the airway and the breathing system.
Hospital Unit: Emergency Department
Funded by: Donors to 2013 Fall Direct Mail Appeal
Defibrillation is a procedure used to treat life threatening conditions that affect the rhythm of the heart such as cardiac arrhythmia, ventricular fibrillation (when the heart basically twitches) and ventricular tachycardia (when it beats too fast to move blood).
The procedure involves the delivery of an electric shock to the heart which causes depolarization of the heart muscles and re-establishes normal conduction of the heart’s electrical impulse. The machine used to deliver this therapeutic shock to the heart is called a defibrillator.
When a person suffers a sudden cardiac arrest, chances of survival decrease by 7 to 10 percent for each minute that passes without defibrillation.
Hospital Unit: Emergency Department
Funded by: Tom and Joan McLoughlin, donors to 2013 Fall Direct Mail Appeal
Because premature infants often can’t keep themselves warm without help, they may be placed inside an incubator. This vital piece of equipment maintains an environment of controlled temperature, humidity, and oxygen concentration.
An incubator, or isolette, keeps baby warm in one of two ways:
- They may be set to stay at a certain temperature, or a probe that monitors the baby’s temperature may be connected to the incubator to heat or cool the air as needed.
- Incubators also protect premature babies from infection, noise, and light, and may provide humidified air to maintain skin integrity in very premature babies.
Hospital Unit: Special Care Nursery
Funded by: Lions Clubs of Langley, Lions Club International Foundation
A ureteroscope is an instrument for examining the inside of the urinary tract. This examination or procedure is called a ureteroscopy. A ureteroscope is long and thin and used to see beyond the bladder into the ureters, the tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder. Some ureteroscopes are flexible like a thin, long straw. Others are more rigid and firm. The reasons for a ureteroscopy include the following conditions:
- frequent urinary tract infections
- unusual cells found in a urine sample
- urinary blockage caused by an abnormal narrowing of the ureter
- a kidney stone in the ureter
- an unusual growth, polyp, tumor, or cancer in the ureter
Hospital Unit: Surgical
Funded by: RBC Foundation and Drive for the Cure Foundation